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Critical Reading as the First Stage in the Writing Process

Event date: Monday, August 12, 2013, from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: CTE - UNH 3030

Critical Reading as the First Stage in the Writing Process

Moderated By: Matthew Parfitt, PhD, Boston University

Most college writing requires students to respond to texts -- either assigned texts or texts found in the library or online. In order to write well, students must first read well, hearing clearly what the author is saying as well as generating ideas of their own in response. Many first year students have little experience as critical readers of non-fiction texts, especially scholarly texts. This workshop will offer strategies for helping students become more complex thinkers as they integrate active, dialogical reading seamlessly into a writing process. It will address the different requirements of reading for research papers vs reading for papers about assigned texts. And it will give particular attention to helping students work responsibly and successfully with scholarly articles and books.

Matthew Parfitt (Ph. D. Boston College) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Rhetoric Division at the College of General Studies, Boston University. He has been teaching reading, writing and critical thinking for twenty years. In 2003, he received the Peyton Richter Award for interdisciplinary teaching. He is the author of Writing in Response (Bedford/St. Martins 2011), a brief rhetoric with a strong emphasis on critical reading, and an approach to writing that thoroughly integrates critical reading strategies into the writing process.
With Dawn Skorczewski (Brandeis University), he edited the anthology, Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom: And What Instructors Can Do About Them (Heinemann/Boynton Cook 2003). He has also published on World War I literature, the poetry of Robert Frost, and composition studies. He is currently writing a study of Walt Whitman’s notion of “comrade love” as interpreted by British writers from 1870 to 1930.

Additional Workshop offered by Dr. Matt Parfitt:

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and refreshments will be available in the afternoon. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.