Mr. McNamar's Ten Commandments of Reading
I've recently begun reading the second edition of Robert E. Probst's Response & Analysis: Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools, and it has inspired me to evaluate the way I teach reading in the academic environment. Probst writes, "In other words, we must treat initial response as a draft, as something to build upon, modify, or perhaps reject" (59). So here is my initial response to the first 60 pages: Ten Commandments of Reading. I might build upon this list, modify it, or even reject it, but I'm going to offer it for discussion.
I. Thou shalt read actively.
II. Thou shalt make meaning of the text.
III. Thou shalt not confuse summary with interpretation.
IV. Thou shalt not be afraid to ask questions.
V. Thou shalt not believe everything the teacher suggests.
VI. Thou shalt allow the text to challenge your beliefs.
VII. Thou shalt think while you read.
VIII. Thou shalt make connections to your own life or world.
IX. Thou shalt not fear a difficult and complex text.
X. Thou shalt discuss the text.