This textbook provides students with guidelines for understanding writing tasks as intellectual work and treating the writing process as a set of variable activities that move along a trajectory from idea or assignment to a finished product.
This book is written as a practical guide for students struggling to improve their writing to meet the standards expected of them by their professors, instructors, employers and co-workers. We have avoided complicated "textbook language" and jargon in favor of plain, easily understood language.
Le ssons, examples, exercises, and definitions for many of the reading and writing-related situations that you will encounter in your first-year writing courses as well as other subject-specific classes that require writing.
Aligns to the goals, topics, and objectives of many first-year writing and composition courses. Organized according to relevant genres, and focuses on the writing process, effective writing practices or strategies—including graphic organizers, writing frames, and word banks to support visual learning—and conventions of usage and style.
A free and open resource for composition instructors and students. Essays include themes such as education, the environment, politics, and health; concepts like analysis, synthesis, and research; and examples that rely heavily on ethos, logos, or pathos.
No matter what career you pursue, you must be able to communicate effectively and clearly if you want to be successful. This course will enhance your ability to do so by sharpening your critical thinking and writing skills.
The ability to research topics and incorporate information from your sources into your work is an important skill both in college and on the job. This course will reinforce the concepts you practiced in English Composition I by introducing you to basic research concepts and techniques.
"Simply attending school for many years is no guarantee that you have a clear understanding of the specific strategies needed to get what you want out of college. This course will provide the opportunity for you to learn and practice methods that will assist you in identifying and reaching your academic and career goals."
"This course is designed to equip you with the basic academic, professional, and personal skills you will need to be successful in college." Units 4,5, and 7 deal with reading to learn, learning styles such as critical thinking, and listening and taking notes.