Ask A Specialist (November): Choosing a Reading Format

The writing tutors had a great meeting on Friday! During this meeting, we explored the following question: What format do you prefer to read - print or web or both? Why? As always, our tutors had plenty of insights to share.  There wasn't a general consensus on the format - most of the tutors switched …

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Meme of the Week #29: How to Read a Poem

For some readers, the three most frightening words in the English language are "poetry analysis essay." Some people hear these words and, almost instantaneously, they get this look on their faces: Suddenly, class discussions become like this: because people are thinking things like: But poetry doesn't have to be intimidating. The Atlantic is here to help. This …

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Even Writers Can Be Late Bloomers: Jason Reynolds

The 18th century writer Alexander Pope is a well-known child prodigy.  His Pastorals, which made him famous, was published when he was just a teen. Now he is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after the legendary William Shakespeare. But not all of us can be like Alexander Pope. Today, …

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Reading is FUNdamental (and cool?)

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like reading is cool again. And while we've previously discussed how much reading is important to students (especially over breaks), I can't help but notice how many more comics I'm seeing about books and reading, like this one (my favorite): Then I took a listen to this recent NPR …

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Meme of the Week #24 – Reading Rainbow!

You may have noticed that there was no Tuesday post this week...sorry about that, folks! But, don't worry - the Writing Center staff was still hard at work. Director Michelle Hager and The Write Attitude editor Maria Judnick were busy presenting at the Young Rhetoricians Conference over the weekend. Today, we're filled with nostalgia here …

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The SJSU Campus Reading Program Selection

It's Finals Week here at SJSU, which means lots of students are experiencing "The 13 Moments of Finals Week." But, dear Spartans, when you emerge from your multiple days of deep sleep, refreshed and looking for some ideas for summer fun, we hope you think of the Campus Reading Program. Next year's selection is Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking …

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Summer Book / Movie Preview 2017

As we inch towards May - and summer vacation - it seems like as good a time as any to start planning some fun. And by "fun," we definitely mean "reading." Remember when we told you about the importance of reading over breaks? Well, we're not just recommending "school" books.  After all, no matter the …

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The Books of Spring Break

Hooray for Spring Break! From all of us here at the Writing Center - we're looking forward to a little R, R, & R: Rest, Relaxation, & Reading! In case you need some "beach reading" inspiration, we've got you covered: From our Writing Specialists: Ines: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom is succinct enough to …

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The Words I Listen to…Podcasts for Writers

It's getting close to Spring Break.  That means it's crunch time - every time you turn around, there's another paper to be written, another test to be taken, another lab report to complete.  Where'd all that extra time for all those extra things you promised yourself you'd do to be a "good" student this semester …

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Meme of the Week #7 – Malcolm Mitchell

Welcome, sports fans! Sure, Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone but there's one story, in particular, that's still worthy of our attention: Malcolm Mitchell's inspirational road to literacy. Watch (or read) the news story...and be ready to sign up for your own book club.