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Two years ago, we hosted a session on lectio divina which married two prominent themes in CAT programming: our campus-wide initiative, "Read Today Lead Tomorrow," and contemplative practice. The session was well-received but only hinted at the rich possibilities of contemplative reading, and some participants expressed a desire for more information.

Therefore we are pleased to report that noted scholar Robert-Louis Abrahamson has published a guide on "contemplative engagement with a text." This is not a technique per se; it's more of an attitude. Nevertheless, Abrahamson does prescribe six steps in a clear pattern, with plenty of substantive advice for teachers.

Download the PDF guide from this page.

Download Conversation #12

Alice Horning

A conversation with Dr. Alice S. Horning of Oakland University on teaching, learning, and reading.

We really need to help students with reading in every subject. It's not just for English teachers; it's not just writing teachers; it's not just in composition classes. It's in history and sociology and even in math. Students need to be better readers.

Links for this episode:

  • Reading Across the Curriculum by Alice S. Horning
  • To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence can be purchased or downloaded free from the NEA
  • Reading Between the Lines: What the ACT Reveals about College Readiness in Reading can be downloaded free from ACT