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Discussion Forum: “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading…” (DUE 10/26)

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    Read “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg

    Post your response to the assigned reading (100-150 words) on the group discussion forum here. See discussion question(s) below.

    • Discussion Question(s): What is one idea from the text that interests or confuses you? Why? After reading this text, what strategies might you use to write your Source-Based Essay?
    Aditya Sankar Das

    The text, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, shares different techniques that will assist us for a better reader.  While I was reading the text, I felt like she was writing about the situation; I’m facing with the reading of academic articles. One idea that interests me about the text is: when I read the text, I don’t pay any attention to the title. Although it can relay a lot of details that can help us find out how more effectively we can read the rest of the paragraph. The author discussed the rhetorical strategy that helps us to think about the connection between the author, audience, and the text. This strategy develops our skills to think more deeply. After reading this text, I will apply these strategies to read my scholarly sources for my research. After reading this article, I would use these strategies to read my academic sources for my research. I hope this would help me reduce my stress when I read these scholarly sources. 

    Alice Liu

    In the article, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, Rosenberg gives us advice on how we can approach a scholarly article for our sources when it comes to analyzing and gathering information, which embodies the statement that Rosenberg makes, which is to read smarter, not harder. The idea that interests me is to first consider the intended audience of the article. I usually try to find the purpose of the article first. If I were to approach the article by first determining the audience, then it could help me determine the purpose. After reading this text, I would utilize all the strategies mentioned in this article because it would help me gather my information more efficiently, especially since some of my scholarly sources are about 30-60 pages long.

    Elena Yu Xu

    In the article, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, she points out the strategies to read a scholarly source, and some of the important concepts to catch the main points from it, such as by reading its abstract, introduction, headings, conclusion, etc. These could help the readers and us to figure out the purpose and the message the writer gives us, but also to reduce our time when reading and interpreting it. This idea forms a part in one of the pieces of advice to me when I work on my essay because it could help me to catch the main idea and get important details when reading this type of source (scholarly). Hence, some of the strategies I will use are to read what the author recommends to us and try to figure out the purpose and audience. When reading long and complicated articles, this text really helped me reduce my time and improve my reading skills.

    Marat Potapov

    In the article, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, the author points out various reading strategies for scholarly sources and how to break them down into sections like headings, introductions, conclusions, and etc. I really enjoyed reading her breakdown. Personally, I am a big history nerd, so I think for me I got used to reading scholarly sources and books, and I have always enjoyed them. Her strategies make a lot of sense though. Sometimes if I was assigned to read a textbook for homework for chemistry or some such, I wouldn’t fall asleep but sometimes gloss over things or take long breaks when reading. So, I can apply the strategies she presented in more specified cases when I can’t seem to stay focused on the text. In terms of my research paper, I think that it could partially help me for looking for some more credible sources. But I don’t really poses any issues on reading through large articles to get all the information for the paper because I care about the issue it is about and want to learn more about it for myself as well. So, this article didn’t necessarily help me a lot as of this moment. But I will be keeping the suggested strategies in mind and they may help me when I need them. So, all in all informative essay that I enjoyed reading.

    Jaden Fabro

    Karen Rosenberg’s article “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” describes rhetorical reading practices encouraging the reader to deliberately think about the writer’s main argument. One idea that interested me was when she advised “to hold off on looking too many things up” and instead to “Just be prepared to face a wall of references that don’t mean a whole lot to you.” I don’t do this because I was taught that in order to really understand a text, I should know every part of what I’m reading. Rosenberg’s advice would put holes in my understanding, but I do understand how this would make research more efficient. A strategy I’d use from this text is first going over the abstract, introduction, section headings, and conclusion before reading the body. That way, I’d have a general feel for what I’m reading before investing too much time figuring out a certain article.

    Edward Quezada

    Through the article  “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources”, the author Karen Rosenberg provides us with various analytical strategies when reading scholarly sources from the title to the conclusion of these sources. An idea that I was interested in reading from this article was about the importance of the introduction to the rest of the essay. The introduction is not only meant to summarize the written piece but it must also showcase the ideas that will be brought up through the essay. As Rosenberg stated, doing so will help us connect the introduction to the structure of the article. From this reading, I can use this as a strategy in my own essay to ensure I can connect my introduction to the body of the essay. Another strategy that I will use is to write my conclusion in a way that can help the reader understand the arguments brought up throughout my essay.

    Andrey Musin

    In the article “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources”, the author Karen Rosenburg mentioned an very interesting result that transpired after she struggled with the readings for her political science classes. She mentioned how her opinion of reading difficult pieces of literature changed after the time she spent tackling them. This is not a skill she provides for better understanding difficult pieces of literature but is one that I feel is extremely important. Many times when I was younger I found myself in no mood to read something that I nevertheless had to do. It is pretty impossible to do something well when one is so beholden to do literally anything else but I feel that learning to overcome that sense of attachment to whatever we wanted at that place in time towards finding joy in doing difficult things. I think that in itself is a solution to many various things not just learning better control of one’s focus.

    Christine Castillo

    When reading the assigned essay, I was taken with how relatable Karen Rosenberg made her attitude toward reviewing scholarly articles. In “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources,” I felt she easily connected with her target audience of those who struggle with the task of processing information heavy research articles. I was quite interested in her concept of investigating the title, introduction, sub sections, and conclusion to determine what the main argument or idea the author(s) are presenting to their audience and then absorbing the reading in its entirety to seek substantiation of that point. I think this will be very helpful to me going forward with my source based essay, instead of searching to identify the main purpose while navigating the dense text I will have a clearer idea before diving fully in. I also appreciate that she points out scholarly pieces are written for a very specific audience of academics where the author presumes the reader has prior knowledge of the topic and that it is okay to not completely follow. I was encouraged by its objective to help readers feel less disheartened and more well equipped when approaching readings that they may find initially overwhelming.

    Alexa Morales

    While reading this essay, one idea that interests me is how the author organized her thoughts. Her introduction sounded like the beginning of a story and she knew exactly what she wanted to talk about. While reading her intro I thought that this essay would explain her college experience and help other people get by with their first encounters, but she went onto explain the different components that an essay should have and some of the best ways that one can get by in their English classes.  and what are some good ways to tackle an essay prompt. In my essay I’m going to take into consideration with what Rosenberg said on page 216 where she said “the introduction will not only summarize the whole piece…but it will also often offer a road map for the rest of the article”, I plan to use that strategy in my essay.  

    Erezana Morina

    “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” points out some important strategies about reading/focusing on the scholarly text. She starts with a brief discussion of how she felt when she was asked to read the scholarly text at college, then she explains to the reader the importance of reading and understanding the text. One thing that stood out to me was when she said that it is important to ”locate the writer and yourself in this larger conversation”. She also pointed out that talking with professors and peers about reading helps us understand better, however, it is hard to do so nowadays since we are all working digitally. However, the comments and suggestions we make to our mates are helpful. One strategy I will use is: paying attention to the title. The author suggests that the title can convey detailed information about the whole text, even though sometimes it is hideous or hard to understand. I feel like the title is really important because it sets the tone for the whole text since it catches your attention to read it in the first place. 


    Haseeb Chaudhury

    In the article, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg addresses ways to make reading more interesting and more enjoyable. One idea in the text that interests me was how she mentioned that instead of passively reading you can break the reading into its individual parts such as the introduction, section headings, and conclusion. This makes it easier to understand the main argument and get a better understanding of the reading. She also mentions reading smarter and not harder which I feel like I can relate to since reading harder might not be an ideal choice for some individuals while reading smarter can help you get the main points of the text. Some strategies I’ll employ are to not passively read my article, instead have a similar approach to what Rosenberg has and get the main points and arguments associated with the source which would help me with my essay.


    In the article, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, she mentions how she would often breeze through the introduction to basically find kind of a summary of the entire text which I often do as well. But the introduction is actually a lot more than that. It also includes a “roadmap” of the entire article such as so you can read your way through and easily find those ideas, sometimes it is easy and sometimes it will be harder depending on how it is written. The part where she talks about the conclusion also intrigues me because she mentions how often times the conclusion is where the authors indicate the limits of their work and include unanswered questions. I never thought about a conclusion like this before and would love to try implementing these strategies and ideas into my own source-based essay.

    Jiajie Liang

    In the article, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholar Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, she gives analysis and strategies for reading scholarly material. One of the ideas I am most interested in is how to make a boring and difficult academic paper more interesting and skillful for the reader to understand the information in the article. The introduction and conclusion can help us to digest an academic paper better. Because the introduction and conclusion analyzes the focus and central idea of the essay. Therefore, I can read the purpose and main idea of the essay more easily and I will not give up reading of an academic paper. I will use some of the author’s recommended essay strategies for my subsequent essays because it will help me express the main idea more clearly and identify the target audience. In addition, I will read the introduction, conclusion, and other academic papers with skill. This will take less time to understand the ideas expressed in the essay.

    Emily Sanchez

    After reading, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg, she begins her article by relating to the idea that she also couldn’t focus when it came to reading large dense articles, which made me feel understood. She then discusses  the importance of being able to ask questions, something I lack. I think it’s interesting how much of an impact the audience has. Originally, I thought finding the audience was merely just a part of a rhetorical analysis, something that had to be done. However, the audience is one of the most important parts, it highlights specifically what an article is about and why they would want to address that specific audience. I will apply this new information in my Source-Based Essay when I read the four scholarly sources needed for my essay. The main part of my essay that I wasn’t looking forward to was reading those large articles, but to keep certain factors like the audience, title, abstract, etc, I may be able to get a clear idea of the message without just blindly skimming.

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