Summary: A Basic Reader for College Writers does more than just present a collection of readings. Its goal is to help students master the basic reading, thinking, and writing skills essential for college success. Among the book's distinctive features are 1) 32 lively reading selections, 2) high-quality exercises that offer practice in both reading and writing, and 3) numerous paragraph and essay writing assignments - along with detailed suggestions to help students succeed on ...show more the assignments. Features Edition/Copyright: 89
- Emphasis on an essential principle of both reading and writing. This principle is that any thoughtful communication of ideas has two basic parts : (1) a point is made and (2) that point is supported. Students are encouraged when reading an essay to look for a central idea as well as for the reasons, facts, examples, and details that support that idea. They are reminded when writing to follow the same basic principle : that is, to make a point and then provide support for that point. And they discover that thinking (which they also do when actively reading or writing) involves testing the worth of ideas by deciding whether there is solid support for those ideas.
- High interest level. At the heart of the book are the thirty-two selections, grouped into six thematic units. All of the readings are clearly and logically written; all present intriguing ideas, helpful practical information, or revealing insights into human nature.
- Frequent skills practice. The book assumes that reading and writing are interrelated skills. Work on reading can improve writing; work on writing can improve reading. Practice in both reading and writing follows each of the thirty-two selections. Following is the sequence of activities :
- First Impressions - Three free writing topics that encourage students to come to terms with what they have read.
- Words to Watch and Vocabulary Check - To build students vocabularies, up to 15 words from the selection are defined in a "Words to Watch" section that precedes the reading selection; following the selection, other words that may be unfamiliar to students appear in a vocabulary-in-context activity
- Reading Check - Ten comprehension questions involving four key skills : finding the central point and main ideas, recognizing key supporting details, drawing inferences, and understanding the writer's craft.
- Outlining Activity or Summarizing Activity - These skills are an important part of reading and writing. The activities increase in difficulty as the book progresses.
- Discussion Questions - Four provocative questions to stimulate further thought about the selection and its topic. These can also be used as alternative writing assignments.
- Paragraph Assignments and Essay Assignments - Two of each; numerous sample topic sentences and thesis statements, as well as specific suggestions for supporting these points, help students succeed on the writing assignments. (Including the three "First Impressions" topics and the four discussion questions, there are eleven possible writing topics for each of the thirty-two readings!)
- Ease of use. A Basic Reader for College Writers is designed to be simple for both teachers and students to use. The activities listed above are easy to present in class and convenient to correct. Answers are provided in three places : a) following the first reading selection ("Bird Girl"), so that students learn right at the start how to complete the activities that follow each reading; b) in a partial answer key at the back of the book (containing answers for the first reading selection in each unit); c) in the Instructor's Manual, whose answers may be photocopied and given to students at the instructor's discretion.
Publisher: Townsend Press
Year Published: 1989