Active Reading, Critical Reading, & Informal Reading Response

Active Reading, Critical Reading, & Informal Reading Response – 15%

Some markers of active, critical reading include:

  • Marginal (or similar) note-taking that shows a reader asking questions, understanding key concepts or examples, drawing relationships between parts of a text or across multiple texts, challenging claims in a text
  • Focused informal writing that shows a reader extending ideas, challenging ideas, exploring connections between texts, and/or considering implications of specific passages for an idea
  • Presenting specific passages and ideas about those passages in small-group work, in an informal presentation to the class, in a blog post, or elsewhere

In this area of learning we were told to look at text from other writers and interpret what they are trying to say in your own words. This is a skill that helps the reader decode the reading and if they come to some thing that they do not understand they can look up context of the reading and figure it out from what they are think they are trying to say.

In the first part that I highlighted, I liked the openness that he uses by using the meaning of paragraphs in a different way. Also in the second one that is in the picture, he is using a great flexibility technique by jumping from one point back to the main point of his story.

For this one I considered the fact that he said that “I refuse to fail” as his showing persistence. For those few marks that I wrote on the page it helped me keep track of my thoughts and keep me focused.


This is an example from the reading Superman and Me of a few notes that I told during the reading and the explanations behind why I chose them and why they meant something to me. (ADD MORE)

The last four pictures are examples of mark ups the Delpit’s article where I got the main idea from her paper. Also we got her thoughts on Gee’s work and how she believes that you acquire a discourse.