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How Reading Changed My Life. Anna Quindlen. How Reading Changed My Life. Unit 2. W arming up. R einforcement. T ext Analysis. B ackground. How Reading Changed My Life. Unit 2. Questions/Activities. Warming up. Check-on Preview. Objectives. Warming up. Questions/Activities. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • How Reading Changed My LifeAnna Quindlen

  • How Reading Changed My LifeUnit 2

  • Questions/ActivitiesCheck-on PreviewObjectivesWarming upHow Reading Changed My LifeUnit 2

  • Warming upQuestions/ActivitiesHas your life ever been significantly changed by any particular book? What does reading mean to you?

  • Warming upQuestions/Activities3. How has the Internet changed peoples way of reading? 4. How do you account for such changes?

  • Check-on PreviewPlease define the following words in their respective context.a small but satisfying spread of center-hall colonials (para.1) all those great houses, with their high ceilings and high drama (para.2)America is also a nation that prizes sociability and community (para.11)a kind of careerism in the United States that sanctioned reading (para.12) Warming up

  • Check-on Preview What do you know about the following novels? Warming upMiddlemarchA Little PrincessAnna KareninaGone with the WindRebeccaJane EyreA Tale of Two CitiesMoby-DickPride and PrejudiceKill a Mockingbird

  • ObjectivesUnderstand in which ways reading has changed the authors life.Discuss the meaning of reading.Identify the problems facing reading and work on possible solutions.Warming up

  • BackgroundAuthorHow Reading Changed My LifeUnit 2

  • BackgroundAuthorAnna Marie QuindlenAnna Quindlen the JournalistThe New York Times columnist until 1994Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992Newsweek columnist 1999-2009

    Anna Quindlen the NovelistFull-time novelist since 1995Author of five best-selling novels, three of which made into moviesHer Life

  • BackgroundHer WorksAuthorA critic of the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American lifeSome quotes: If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

  • Text AnalysisHow Reading Changed My LifeUnit 2

  • Text AnalysisThemeQuestions for thinking: What does reading mean to the author? What kind of attitudes toward reading bother the author? What kind of attitude does the author advocate?

  • Text AnalysisStructure1Paras. 1-9

    Reading has been an important part of my life.

    2Paras. 10-15

    A crisis faced by reading.

    3Paras. 16-18

    There is still hope for reading.

  • Where did the author spend her childhood? Why did the author always feel that she ought to be somewhere else? Why was it a stiff and awkward lunch? What did this show about the author? How should the author have benefited from reading the six novels in Paragraph 2? What did reading mean to the author when she was young?

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  • 6. What were the features of Victorian England? peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and self-confidenceText AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 7. Why does the author mention these three novels?8. What are the common features of these three novels?Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 9. Why did the author prefer reading to playing? Traveled across the physical world;Traveled into my own spiritual world: identity, aspiration, morality Books are my perfect island! Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 10. Why does the author read?Trips to other worlds;Journey into my own world; Perfect island (alone to not alone);Home, sustenance, great invincible companionSimply because she loves reading! Why do you read? Do you ever read simply because you love reading?Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • Perhaps restlessness is a necessary corollary of devoted literacy. (para.5) Questions for thinking: In what ways was the author restless?Do you agree with this statement? How do you understand Mark Twains saying, Almost all of the writers are addicts.? Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 2. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, a kind of parallel universe in which I might be a newcomer but was never really a stranger. (para. 7) Questions for thinking: Why did the author parallel waking, sleeping and reading? Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • wander the worldcommit sth to memory He committed the notes of that meeting to memory and then burned them. aspire to sth; aspire to do sth Different people aspire to different things. Mary is ambitious enough to aspire to conversational fluency in Chinese in two months. We aspire to be the best within our field.Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • Word-formation: undersungunderestimatedunderdevelopedunderdoneunderfunded undermanned undernourishedunerpaidunderpopulatedunderusedunder- + past participle: not enoughText AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • Fill in the blanks.In one corner of the living room______ a club chair. I used to _______ on it, reading with my skinny legs ___________one ofits arms. Of course, I had clear memories of normal childhood, ______ the rocks in the creek that ____________ Naylors Run to _______ for crayfish and laying pennies on the tracks of the trolley and running to _____ them when the trolley ___________. Text AnalysisDetailed Analysissatsprawlslung overliftingtrickled throughsearch fetch had passed

  • 1. What bias do people have against those who read much? Lazy, Aimless dreamer, Loner, Arrogant2. What is the something in the American character that is hostile to the act of aimless reading?Reading is nothing more than a tool for advancementSociability and communityGo-out-and-get-going ethosAdmiration of men of action

    Pragmatic tradition in America character Pragmatism

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  • PragmatismKey tenets of pragmatismPrimacy of practiceConcrete thinking rather than conceptualizationNaturalismScientific methodsSkepticism Prominent figures Charles Sanders Peirce, William James and John DeweyText AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 3. Why can an executive learn far more from Moby-Dick? 4. What do you think of books on success? Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 5. What are literary professionals opinions of reading?Read to address problemsGood and worthy reading vs. bad and trivial reading

    What is the authors attitude? Careerism vs. Reading

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  • CareerismRead only if there is some point to it Philosophy or English majors cant do much with what they learnRead for purpose and dogged self-improvement

    ReadingRead for the fun of reading itselfIntellectual pursuits for their own sakeRead for pleasure, spurred on by interior compulsionText AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 6. What are the traits of the real clan of the book? Read not to judge the reading of others but to take the measure of ourselvesLove reading for readings own sake

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  • pay lip service to People pay lip service to their dreams of freedom, but many feel frightened by it. see to it that We should see to it that all work done conforms to high standards.Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • suspect v. (para.10) suspect sb of It is perfectly all right, because the police had not suspected him of robbery. suspect adj. (para. 12) Delegates evacuated the building when a suspect package was found. be suspicious of (para. 11) Two officers on patrol became suspicious of two men in a car. Text AnalysisDetailed Analysis

  • 1. What is the lively subculture of characters? 2. What does the author mean by quoting Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.? 3. What is the authors attitude toward literary criticism? The truth of reading is to be found in its people rather than its pundits and professionals.

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  • ReinforcementSummaryDiscussionHow Reading Changed My LifeUnit 2

  • ReinforcementSummaryWriting Techniques 1. symbole.g. the club chair, the girl2. comparison and contrast e.g. Reading for pleasure, spurred on by some interior compulsion, became as suspect as getting on the subway to ride aimlessly from place to place. (para. 12)e.g. I vs. others 3. simile and metaphor e.g. My perfect island.

  • Structure of the Text 1. Between paragraphs By the time I became an adult, I realized that while my satisfaction in the sheer act of reading had not abated in the least, the world was often as hostile, or as blind, to that joy (para. 10)A transitional sentence: summary of the previous part + leading to new idea2. Within paragraphmy home, my sustenance, my great invincible companionmost undersung, at least publiclyI did not read from a sense of superiority, or advancement, or even learning.


  • The orthodox history of reading Exclusively for the literati and the intellectually worthyGutenbergs invention of the printing press: reading as a source of information for the manyConclusion of critics and scholars: literature plummeting into intellectual bargain basementMovies, televisionWhat about today? ReinforcementSummary

  • ReinforcementDiscussion

    If you have a choice, would you prefer to read a book or read on screen? What do you think of the trend of micro-reading today? What impacts do you think technological development has on reading? How should we adjust to these changes?