This Critical Process exercise is designed to reevaluate the significance of books in people’s lives, especially in an era of electronic media. These questions also go through the critical process to practice critical thinking (describe, interpret, evaluate)
Please respond to the following questions in 3 – 5 pages (double spaced).
- Your written responses should be a minimum of 3 pages (if you include all the questions, please do not count this in the page count. If you use 1/4 of the page for your name and title, please do not include this in the page count). Please us 12 point font, 1 inch margins, double spaced.
- What have been the most important books in your life?
- (Describe) Consider the books that have made a difference in your life. What kind of books are they (e.g., novels, reference books, religious books, children’s books, comic books)? How did you access these books? Were they already in your home? Did you go to the library? Did you get them as gifts, or did you buy them at a bookstore? What were your early experiences with school libraries, public libraries, and bookstores? What role do books currently play in your life? Have you kept many of the books that are important to you? Why or why not?
- (Interpret) Consider your book experiences in relation to the decade in which you started reading and the other media and activities battling for your attention. Did you generally have negative or positive experiences connected to books and reading? Do you have certain coming-of-age experiences connected to books? Why?
- (Evaluate) After considering your book experiences, what do you think is the role of books in an age of electronic media?