WRD 103: Composition & Rhetoric I: Winter Quarter 2015 Rotating Header Image

Dialogic Reading Journals

This is a reading- and discussion-intensive course; you will keep a reading journal and provide regular reading notes that serve as the basis for our discussions and reflections. Your dialogic-reading journal is meant to encourage you to actively engage in a meaningful conversation with the New York Times individually and comparatively. As you make journal notes, you should regularly re-read your previous pages of notes and comments, noting any new connections. Writing is a way to produce or possess new knowledge as you attempt to do interpretative phrasing.

Productive uses of a dialogic reading journal:

  • To reflect on our class discussions
  • To think about what you read in the New York Times and how you make sense of it
  • To rethink about what you read in the New York Times and how you make sense of it
  • To argue back
  • To track your curiosity about issues, ideas, and what’s going on in the world
  • To document your reading processes, especially as we engage some differences between print-and-digital literacy practices 

I read, but do not judge or evaluate the notes, tone, questions, or reflections during the course. Your dialectic-reading journal grade is based on your willingness to document your reading notes as we proceed resulting in a record of your intellectual engagement.