The following links will take you to some interesting and useful articles, essays and handouts regarding the teaching of reading in a liberal arts seminar


Introductions to Critical Reading and Strategies for Readers

On Liberal Arts Education

On the Status and Future of Reading



Introductions to Critical Reading and Strategies for Readers


Handouts from Janet Ruddy, King’s College


Finding the Topic and Main Idea


     Activity: Finding the Topic and Main Idea




     Activity: Summarizing


    Evaluation Criteria for Summaries


Author’s Tone, Purpose and Bias


How do Facts and Opinions Differ?


Bibliography (Books in Corgan Library)


Critical Reading

A on-line chapter from Critical Thinking: A Student’s Introduction, 4th ed., by Gregory Bassham, William Irwin, Henry Nardone, and James Wallace (2010)


Term Paper Alternatives: Ideas for Information-Based Research

King’s College Library


Reading and Learning Strategies: Recommendations for the 21st Century

Michele L. Simpson, Norman A. Stahl, and Michelle Anderson Francis

Journal of Developmental Education (2004)


Reading Your Textbooks Effectively and Efficiently

Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth


Six Reading Myths

Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth


Strategies for Teaching Critical Reading

William Peirce ( Prince George’s Community College)


Staying Afloat: Some Scattered Suggestions on Reading in College

Timothy Burke (Swarthmore)


Critical Reading

Daniel Kurland


Reading Value Rubric



Helping Students Read Well

University of Washington

CIDR Teaching and Learning Bulletin (2001)


Reading Strategies

Kathleen King (Idaho State University)


Critical Thinking and the Art of Close Reading, Part I

Part II

Part III

Richard Paul and Linda Elder

The Foundation for Critical Thinking


On Liberal Arts Education


This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

David Foster Wallace


A Word in Defense of the Artes Liberalis

Joel Shuman


 College Learning for the New Global Century:

A report from the National Council for Liberal Education & America's Promise

AAC&U (2007)


 The Idea of a University (1852)

The Rise and Progress of Universities (1854)

 John Henry Newman


Liberal Arts and Liberal Education

Christopher Flannery

John Ashbrook Center for Public Affaris, Ashland University (1998)


What’s So Good About a College Education?

Andrew P. Mills


Links to Essays on the Liberal Arts

Thomas R. McCambridge (California Lutheran University)


On the Uses of a Liberal Education: As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students

Mark Edmundson

Harper’s Magazine (1997)


On the Uses of a Liberal Education: As a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor

Earl Shorris

Harper’s Magazine (1997)


In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

Professor X

The Atlantic (2008)


In Tough Times, Humanities Must Justify Their Worth

Patricia Cohen

New York Times (2009)


History for Dollars

David Brooks

New York Times (2010)


The Radicalism of the Liberal Arts Tradition

Jackson Lears

Academe (2003)


The Zen of Education

Andrew Abbot (University of Chicago)


The Allegory of the Cave



On Reading


Growing Up in a Digital Age, Wired for Distraction

Matt Richtel

New York Times (2010)


Mind Reading: A Neuroscientist Explains the Phenomenon of Literacy and Its Effects on the Brain

Alison Gopnik

Review of Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention

New York Times Book Review (2010)


Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis

Stuart Wolpert

UCLA News (2009)


The Future of Reading

Ezra Klein

The Columbia Journalism Review (2008)


Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Intenet is Doing to Our Brains

Nicholas Carr

The Atlantic (2008)


Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading

Motoko Rich

New York Times (2008)


Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers

Motoko Rich

New York Times (2008)


People of the Screen

Christine Rosen

The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society (2008)


To Read or Not to Read

To Read or Not to Read: Executive Summary

To Read or Not to Read: Webcast

National Endowment for the Arts (2007)


Twilight of the Books

Caleb Crain

The New Yorker (2007)


The Eye Generation Prefers Not to Read All About It

Linton Weeks (2007)


My Reader, My Double: Questions for Pierre Bayard

Interview with Pierre Bayard, author of How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

Deborah Solomon

New York Times (2007)


ACT Reading Scores Falling

The Ability To Read a College Textbook is Declining

Barbara Pytel (2006)


Warrior for the word

Interview with Camille Paglia

Kerry Lauerman (2005)


Watching TV Makes You Smarter

Steven Johnson

New York Times (2005)


Reading At Risk

Reading at Risk: Executive Summary

National Endowment for the Arts (2004)