OVERVIEW: Louise Rosenblatt and Frank Smith make similar arguments from very different perspectives: Rosenblatt, writing as a teacher for teacher, talks about the conditions surrounding excellent reading and argues for why teaching literacy is important and vital. Smith, writing as a psycholinguist, is interested in explaining what our body (our eye, our brain) is doing when we read, what fluent reading looks like, and why it is good for our bodies.
WHAT TO POST: For this discussion board post, please do two things . . .
1. In your summary and analysis, please identify the ways these two theorists compliment each other in terms of their ideas--in what ways are they similar? Be specific here. Use their terminology as you connect one theorist to the other.
2. Think back to your experience reading Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. How would Rosenblatt and Smith explain what happened there--both the initial fear and loathing and the ultimate meaning making you experienced during the process. Here again, try to use the terminology of these two writers to explain the experience.
HOW TO RESPOND: Identify one other person that is saying something similar to what you are saying and connect and expand on their thought. Alternatively, if you disagree with someone, identify where you see your ideas about the texts as different.