Integrated Reading and Writing:
Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking and Textual Fluency
Dr. Sugie Goen-Salter
Professor of English
San Francisco State University
HartnelL College shall provide its diverse communities and student population with equal opportunities for educational access and success.
Hartnell ColLege Collaborative Title V
April 20, 2012
On May 20, 2012, San Francisco State University professor Dr. Sugie Goen-Salter provided a four-hour workshop titled “Integrating Reading and Writing: Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking and Textual Fluency.” Thirty two faculty and two deans from Hartnell College and four faculty from Gavilan College attended the workshop. Evaluations are in the Title V office. There are also DVDs of the afternoon available from Dr. Stanley Crane for those unable to attend.
Dr. Goen-Salter describes the workshop: “This presentation/workshop begin[s] with a brief description and overview of what integrated reading/writing is, what it isn’t, and how an integrated approach can provide an effective instructional alternative that moves beyond traditional “reading-to-write” or “writing-to-read” approaches. The presentation also [provides] faculty from across the disciplines with some hands-on practice with a sampling of integrative strategies specifically designed to promote students’ critical thinking and fluency with texts—both those they read as well as those they write.”
The following goals and actions have been identified based on attendees’ evaluations and the recommendations outlined in A Blueprint for Student Success at Hartnell College:
1. Provide Writing Across the Curriculum and/or Reading Across the Curriculum activities in order to implement strategies to better meet the needs of students who need to increase reading/study skills and writing performance levels.
2. Conduct Directed Learning Activities in ESL, writing, and reading with an appropriate level of assistance for students in all sections of courses for which DLAs have been prepared.
3. Develop DLAs for reading improvement since effective reading is a requisite skill for academic success.
4. Invite Dr. Goen-Salter to provide sequential presentations as flex activities.
5. Pursue earning professional credits towards the M.A. reading certificate from San Francisco State for English and ESL faculty.
Submitted by Janet Pessagno