Craft of Research brings up the excellent point that we should not just accept every point made in our sources. When writing research papers I become so concerned about finding information that aligns with my points that I accept almost anything. I need to think more critically about my sources content. When learning the research process, my teachers emphasized what was considered a reliable source and what was NOT! I tend to focus more on the reliability of the source rather than its makeup. Although reliability of a source is important, I need to shift some of this energy in my research.
I also really enjoyed suggestions for connecting the reader and writer by working in groups. I think this gateway class will be a great opportunity where we can utilize group resources to ensure this connection. I feel that our peer editing has already helped the “Why I Write” paper we wrote.
Teirney and Pearson bring in the idea that the reader and writer must be connected as well. It is important for a writer to ensure their intent of the peice is clear to the reader. A good writer should be able to step back and observe if their writing is engaging or not. As a reader one must work hard to grasp what the writer is trying to portray. As Frank Sinatra said, “Love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other,” Teirney and Pearson claim: reading and writing – you can’t have one without the other.
I agree that reading and writing are strongly correlated and must be considered together. Do you feel that they are completely different aspects, or do you agree with Teirney and Pearson?