One purpose of this activity is to practice our annotating skills by using reading strategies to interact with readings on thinking and learning. Another is to learn more about reading, writing, and thinking critically by reading about the research and work of academics in different disciplines.
Tasks
Read and annotate Carol Dweck’s article “Brainology”
Read and annotate bell hooks’s article “Critical Thinking.”
Post your results after following the below instructions
Readings
Link to Dweck article – Please note that you can find a PDF of this if you click “next,” and can find both an accessible PDF and an accessible word doc of this article in the Module 1 Readings folder in files if you do not wish to print online.
hooks: You can access a PDF of this reading by clicking next on this assignment, by clicking directly on it from the module, or by going to “Files” then “Module 1 Readings,” where you can also find a word doc.
Annotation Instructions
You can do your annotations electronically via word or PDF comment options, keep track of your annotations in your metacognitive journal, or you can print the documents out and do them by hand. Please do whatever works best for you!
Preview both documents, and write a few sentences on what you think you will learn from them. Why do you think this? What did you see that would indicate this?
Ask a minimum of 2 questions on each of these texts
Summarize a minimum of 3 paragraphs or sections on each text.
React to a minimum of 4 things in each text. Be sure to explain your reaction or thought. This could be something you thought was cool, interesting, confusing, important, etc.
What to Complete and Submit for Credit (This is what you submit for credit – you do not need to submit images of your complete annotations, just the below items)
Please summarize each article in 75-100 words. You recently read about writing summaries in your textbook.
Review your annotations and select 1 line/passage (think 1-4 sentences, or a 1-2 paragraph passage you can paraphrase) from each article to include in this post. You should choose a line/passage that strikes you in some way. Maybe it is something very important, or that sticks out, or that is troubling, or complex, or insightful, etc. What did you think was the most important line, or the line that stood out the most to you, and why? You may see me refer to these as “golden” lines sometimes because they are shiny and catch our attention.
For each line/passage you chose, write a minimum of 75 words explaining why you think it is important, or why it stood out to you.
Compare these articles to the syllabus and course guidelines. How do they connect? How do you think these articles can help guide us as a class?