In an essay of three pages (about 850 words), discuss the following: What kind of reader are you? Reflect on the different kinds of reading described in The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, and ask yourself some questions: What are your strengths as a reader? What, for you, are the most important reasons for reading? In what ways would you like to improve? Try to illustrate your points by references to specific acts of reading in your past, and to passages from the book.
N.B.: A good essay will make specific reference (via page number) to passages and quotations from the books. It will seek to analyze the text while exemplifying your own opinions and views. A quality essay might also make useful reference to particular points made by our speaker at the Freshman Assembly. Grades will be based on following these instructions along with the quality of your writing. Take care to check spelling and grammar before turning in your completed essay. Note that the Baylor Writing Center is available for your use, free of charge, on this and any other paper written at Baylor.
The essay will be due to your small group discussion leader at the time of your meeting
Please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Beck if you have any questions or if problems arise.
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