Writing for Success Overview
Writing for Success will help college students:
- master the writing process
- polish sentences, paragraphs, and essays
- achieve success in academic, career, and personal writing applications.
Writing for Success gives students and professors the instruction and activities they need to achieve their objectives. The first four units on prewriting, paragraphs, essays, and rhetorical types implement current trends and practices in composition research. For example, they follow a process approach and include collaborative and computer activities.
- The design emphasizes and exercises the writing process consistently and continually from prewriting techniques through editing drafts.
- The complete instructions clearly explain how to write.
- The examples accurately model the concepts being instructed.
- The workbook format and the variety of exercises involve students in active instead of passive learning.(exercises progress in difficulty from recognition to imitation to application)
- The comfortably informal style and college-level content increase interest.
Furthermore, a continuous emphasis on revision results in a polished product. Units on sentence structure and grammar support the revising instruction and activities throughout the workbook. Every stage of the writing process includes improvement by revision.
- The positive approach emphasizes building better sentences instead of the negative approach of only correcting errors, fragment, run-on, and agreement errors exercised with sentence building.
- Step-by-step skill-building instruction and exercises strengthen the writing process.
- Paragraph and essay instruction regularly integrate attention to sentence structure.
- Exercises and practices provide extensive drill in skills.
- Sentence structure and grammar exercises use paragraphs or a series of continuous discourse sentences, not just unrelated sentences.
Writing for Success respects college students. It recognizes the maturity of their thoughts and interests. It values their time and effort, and it rewards them with improved writing skills. Ultimately, improved writing skills result in successful academic, career, and personal lives.
Comprehensive Coverage: Writing for Success includes full coverage of prewriting, paragraphs, essays, rhetorical modes, syntax, and grammar. The text includes equal coverage of paragraphs and essays, even in the sections on rhetorical types.
Syllabus Design: The parallel presentation of paragraphs and essays provides for several flexible approaches to writing instruction: writing paragraphs, writing essays, starting with paragraphs and ending with essays, and starting with essays but integrating paragraphs. Thus, Writing for Success will adapt to the departmental approach to the course, including the transition to the next level of composition course.
Instruction: Chapters state learning objectives, explain concepts and techniques fully, illustrate with high-interest models, exercise all skills, and end with additional practice. Optional collaborative and computer activities supplement the workbook format to involve students in active learning. Writing for Success shows students how to put these concepts and techniques into action in the classroom, on the job, and in their daily lives.
Readings: The samples of professional and student writing model achievable, excellent paragraph and essay structure. Reading comprehension questions integrate reading and writing skills. The lively and timely subjects of the models, exploring areas such as identity, relationships, work, wellness, and the environment, provide a recurring thematic focus in examples and exercises to interest students and to stimulate ideas for writing as well. They also illustrate the rhetorical types instructed in the fourth unit. Instructors may download additional readings from the Online Reader, a website where the authors maintain a collection of readings for instructors to use in their reading and writing classes. This website also provides links to other sites on the web for resources to stimulate discussion about current issues.
Collaboration: Every writing chapter includes collaborative activities, such as group projects and peer-editing, that emphasize cooperation and teamwork while developing writing skills.
Relevance: The examples, exercises, and assignments focus on subjects relevant to the real academic, personal, and career needs of college students. The text presents high-interest content in a style appropriate to the reading level and maturity level of the diverse college student audience.
Computer Power: Both instruction and practice sections integrate word-processing suggestions and electronic mail activities into the writing process in productive and practical ways.
Revision: The instruction integrates revision strategies throughout the writing process as positive and ongoing ways to improve writing through change.
Multicultural Diversity: From exercises to models, the text celebrates the diversity of age, gender, and ethnicity of students using it. Sentence structure and grammar chapters respond to differences in language orientation and dialect.
ESL: Writing for Success provides extensive instruction on the areas of concern to international students, such as articles, prepositions, and spelling. For example, the design of the verb chapter not only instructs tense and agreement, but it also explains the role of verbs and helping verbs in showing the use of time in English.
Study Skills: Featured in boxes, these hints integrate writing skills with corresponding study skills to show students practical applications, to encourage use, and to motivate by improving in other academic areas.
The following materials will allow professors to individualize their instruction efficiently based on students' needs, to increase student accountability, and to make instruction relevant and interesting:
- Instructor's Manual
- Instructor's Edition
- Test Package
- Peer-editing Worksheets
Mary Brown and Fred Hildebrand, Ph.D.
1996, softcover, 564 pages