Reading Like a Writer
These are three books I’m hoping to dig into a little more. If you click on the titles, it will take you to Heinemann’s website and sample chapters from all of the books.
Since Deb and I have been asked to encourage and support middle schoolers in annotating text and showing their thinking while reading content area material, I’ve changed my reading patterns a little. I’m especially looking forward to reading Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts book, Falling in Love with Close Reading that just came out a few days ago. I love being a constant learner and continually learning and growing. This is a very good journey to walk.
As a writer, it is important to know what kinds of books already exist when you thinking about a new writing project. Although not necessarily focused on close reading, Deb and I are tinkering with ideas that float around this topic and most definitely are thinking about annotating text. Also, by reading widely about a topic I am able to determine if it is something I want to spend time writing about or if my energy will wane and there is a better place to spend my writing time.
At the same time, I am reading widely about faith, happiness, and healing. Sometimes it is easy to feel like I have nothing to add to the book shelves. Then I remember one more story, one more perspective, one more angle is always a very good way to make the world a better place.
This week, I’m reading like a writer. I’m determined not to let the Writing Monsters convince me that I shouldn’t be writing.