Rhetorical Reading Analysis

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Rhetorical Reading Strategies
Today’s students tend to forget about their reading assignments and tend to give up, I believe that if we educated younger students on how we read, in later years they’ll develop a keen sense for reading. The problem with reading is that nobody remembers what or why their reading, we don’t understand the concept of trying to comprehend a new, more difficult text. A recent article, titled “Rhetorical Strategies and the Construction of Reading” has been brought to the light to help understand the concepts and levels of reading. Authors of this article, Christina Haas and Linda Flowers have created a theory about reading strategies. These two literary legends have created three categories to separate the levels of
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Both authors described what is considered a good reader and what being a “good” reader entails; this includes having a well-rounded vocabulary, being able to read at a quick pace, and can recall information from the text. Advanced readers can point out the various parts of a paragraph and analyze them. This is a major reason as to why, Christina Haas and Linda Flowers created these three categories. In addition, Lakoff and Johnson’s article, contributes to the ideas of Haas and Flowers through increasing the perception of metaphors. Their main point of their article is that metaphors are everywhere in our everyday life, metaphors create a more intense meaning to everything we do. However, when all the work of these authors is put together a deeper understanding is introduced to everyone and the metaphors that relate to reading strategies make this topic more …show more content…
Readers who fall under the category of rhetorical reading completely understand the text and can relate the context of text to another similar type of text that they have read in their past. Haas and Flowers write about these types of readers “they are concerned with construction a rhetorical situation for the text, trying to account for author’s purpose, context, and effect on the audience” (Haas and Flowers 176). The quote thoroughly explains the depth rhetorical readers take in truly understanding the text, when these readers start off a text they try to correspond their own knowledge to what they are trying to understand in the new text. Rhetorical readers can also fully understand the importance of outside information such as graphs and tables to further their comprehension. A typical question that a rhetorical reader would ask could be Why does this story sound like what my grandpa went through in World War I? Why does this character act like me when I was 13 years old? These types of questions relate to the text and to the personal side of the reader, it isn’t easy accomplishing the task of getting to the rhetorical reading but when adding in George Lakoff and Mark Johnsons concepts these complicated levels of reading become clearer with metaphors to relate

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