This year I’m taking AP English & Literature (which I’m so excited about). Finally! My teacher is insanely awesome and I’m glad we’re learning this year. I’m telling you this because this is actually what we went over a few days ago.
What is the difference between an average reader and a good reader? Now you might not care about whether or not you’re a good reader. I’m posting about this because I do care about being a good reader. Here are the qualities:
- Reading actively (making annotations).
- Going further to understand the text (such as looking up vocabulary words if you do not understand them).
- Being able to form opinions about the text.
- Reading the work multiple times. The first time is usually quicker because you are just trying to get through it first. The second time becomes a more thorough read because you already know the end.
- Reading every word because if it’s there, it matters.
- Finding a main idea and seeing if the book structure supports it.
- Making inferences (reading between the lines).
Hey, guess what?! If you do a few of these then you’re a good reader! Yes, these qualities mostly apply to analyzing texts in school but I also find myself doing these things when reading for fun. Now that I think about it, I could probably fill up a whole YA book of notes if I didn’t want to mark it up. Maybe I’ll try that one day…
Thoughts?! Leave them below!