Write for the Strategic Reader

  • The world is not given: we interpret, construct, even imagine it.
  • We use knowledge to recall some things verbatim, reconstruct the gist of other things, and infer other things we never literally learned.
  • In addition, we use knowledge to guide our perceptions, strategies, and comprehension of new experiences and information.
  • People seek information in order to create mental constructs, to confirm those mental constructs, and to modify those constructs so that they fit more closely with experience.

Signal the organization of your text

Signal the learning-purpose of your article

Write for the strategic reader

Activate the reader

Make connections

Create cognitive motivation

Promote synthesis, meaning, values, and culture

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Gerald Grow is a retired journalism professor, cartoonist, and photographer. More at longleaf.net.

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