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Free «The Connection between Reading and Writing» Essay Sample

Reading Strategies

1. Topic Selection

Reading Activities (students)

If possible, read only topic of interest.

Reading Assessment

Students must know the selected topic well.

2. Prediction from Contents List (if any)

- Inferencing

Read the Contents List and infer the meaning.

Students must know the obvious and/or hidden meaning in the Contents List.

3. Overview of Text

- Inferencing

Read the opening sentence, the first and last paragraph, and understand the meaning.

Ensure these sections reveal their meaning via guessing or visualization.

4. Reading the Entire Text

    Stage i) Fix-up

 

As full reading takes place, locate any areas of breakdown in comprehension and reread the whole chapter or part.

Ensure breakdown is overcome and comprehension is attained before further reading.

5. Reading the Entire Text

    Stage ii) Inferencing

As full reading takes place, make appropriate guesses of the hidden meaning of any text.

Ensure all texts are revealed of their obvious and/or hidden meaning.

6. Reading the Entire Text

   Stage iii) Questioning

 

As full reading takes place, question any parts that are not properly supported by facts or unclear.

Ensure questionable parts are highlighted for any future clarification by the students.

7. Summarize Reading

- Inferencing

 

Summarize the major strength and weakness etc., of the text into one or two paragraphs.

To be able to accurately capture the essence of the entire text.

1. Writing Strategies

    Topic Selection

 

Writing Activities (students)

Select the same as what has been read, or different topic.

Writing Assessment

Students must have some ideas of they’re about to write.

2. Ideas Development

    (Preparation)

 

 Using knowledge obtained from steps 2) to 7) above, create own points, ideas or views (for writing the same topic only).

Students’ views must be consistent with the selected topic.

3. Classification

    (Narrow down points)

Classify all ideas into different categories and then narrow down each classification.

Ensure the classifications become the essential points to be written.

4. Contents List

    (Laying the Skeleton)

From above classifications, turn them into a contents list in the order to be written.

Ensure contents list would fully cover all ideas to be expressed.

5. Full Text Writing

(Inferencing)

With the contents list, write as vividly, objectively, and convincingly as possible.

Students must be able to impersonally infer the meaning of their writings as though they were the readers.

6. Full Text Re-writing

(Questioning)

Read aloud the written text and check for any areas that are not coherent and well expressed.

Students must be able to objectively question their own ideas as though they were the readers.

7. Finalize the Writing

(Fixed-up)

 

 

Read aloud the written text and correct any illogical flow of ideas or disconnected parts to fix up the entire writing.

Writing must be lucid, to the point, informative, interesting, and above all, free from any logic gaps.

   

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