Reader’s Journal: How and Why We Read Literature

1. View this video, How and why We read: Crash Course English Literature #1 (, that describes why and how we read literature.

2. Describe your response to this video. What is your why and how for reading (for pleasure, for class, for your job, etc.)?

-Uses the text, general background knowledge, and/or specific knowledge of the authors context to draw more complex inferences about the authors message and attitude

-Identifies relations among ideas, text structure, or other textual features, to evaluate how they support an advanced understanding of the text as a whole.

-Elaborates on the texts (through interpretation or questioning) so as to deepen or enhance an ongoing discussion.

-Elaborates on ones thoughts/experiences with the ideas within the text. Ideas are supported with evidence, and have practical application.