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Helping Students Read Difficult Texts

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Program details:

This spring 2012 workshop was led by WRAD coordinator Sharon Klein (English and Linguistics). She responded to this Tomorrow's Professor post and highlighted ways we can help students surmount the challenges posed by reading difficult texts. Participants were invited to bring a page or two of a representative "difficult text" from their own discipline.

Additional information:

Bean, John C. "Helping Difficult Students Read Difficult Texts." Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. 2nd edition. Ch. 9. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Tomorrow's Professor, Post #1145: "Helping Difficult Students Read Difficult Texts." Online. http://derekbruff.org/blogs/tomprof/2012/01/19/tp-msg-1145-helping-difficult-students-read-difficult-texts/. Accessed 16 March 2012.

"When Students Don't Do the Reading, What Can You Do?" Archived event, AFYE Series. http://www.csun.edu/afye/When-Students-Do-Not-Do-the-Reading.html. Includes a large collection of classroom strategies to help students engage with assigned readings.

WRAD: Writing and Reading Across Disciplines. CSUN website. http://www.csun.edu/wrad/

Resources from the workshop:

You can view these documents online using free Word viewer or PowerPoint viewer.

  1. Sharon Klein's slides (.pptx, 5.2 MB)
  2. Sharon's "Canvas of Texts" handout: a list of links (.docx, 20 kb)
  3. Some links to the 3/18/2012 New York Times mentioned by Sharon and others at the workshop (.docx, 14 kb)