Available 12.14.2018
Launchpad LaunchPad for An Insider's Guide to Academic Writing (Six Months Access)
Second Edition   ©2019

LaunchPad for An Insider's Guide to Academic Writing (Six Months Access)

Susan Miller-Cochran (University of Arizona) , Roy Stamper (North Carolina State University) , Stacey Cochran (University of Arizona)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-10428-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10428-3; Format: LaunchPad

A rhetoric and reader that prepares students for the challenges of academic and disciplinary writing.   Based on the class-proven best practices of a first-year composition program with a writing-in-the-disciplines approach, An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing offers two books in one:  an innovative rhetoric of academic writing, and a thematic reader that foregrounds real readings from the disciplines.

The rhetoric takes students inside the world of higher education, academic writing, and disciplinary writing.

  • Part One is an introduction to academic writing skills—and to higher education itself.  It not only introduces the core rhetorical skills students will need to develop college level arguments, but also contextualizes those skills with a unique introduction to higher education itself.
  • Part Two moves to disciplinary writing, introducing a practical, transferable three-part framework (“SLR” = “structure/ language/ reference”) for producing key genres of writing within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied fields.
  • The rhetoric features real writing in disciplinary genres by scholars and students.   More than 20 model  readings--most of them annotated to highlight moves of academic writing—allow student the opportunity to reflect on, respond to, and practice.

The thematic reader takes student inside issues of compelling academic and cultural interest. In Part Three, non-academic writing from general interest publications rubs up against disciplinary writing drawn from specialized academic journals to spark and illuminate conversations on a range of popular issues that you would expect academic experts to weigh in on:   love and family, crime and justice, food and sustainability, and climate change and natural disasters.   For example:

  • Writing in the page of Psychology Today, psychiatrist Susan Krauss Whitbourne punctures myths of helicopter parenting.
  • New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear investigates the likelihood that insects will be a major source of human nourishment in years to come.
  • An academic case study clusters essay from The Journal of American Folklore, International Journal of Public Opinion, and the online journal PLoS Medicine to bring humanistic, social scientific, and scientific perspectives to bear on issues of capital punishment.

The readings are buttressed with Reading Questions that elicit comprehension of often complex selections; Rhetoric Questions that have students analyze the selections using the rhetorical frames they’ve learned; and “Response and Research Questions” that solicit more active knowledge-making and research.

“Insider” features enliven and illuminate academic and disciplinary writing practices

  • Unique “Insider’s View” sidebars and accompanying online videos in LaunchPad Solo for An Insider’s Guide to Writing provide commentaries on disciplinary thinking and writing—both by scholars from across the curriculum, and by students—on how to think and write in different fields. These videos and sidebars put a face on the academic world that may be new and mysterious to students, and humanize knowledge making processes that may seem alien and intimidating.
  • “Inside Work” activities and  Writing Projects help students read, reflect on, and practice moves and genres of academic writing, from rhetorical analysis, argumentation and research papers to textual interpretation (humanities), literature review  and theory response (social sciences) , research proposal and formal observation papers (sciences) to applied projects (including lesson plan, business plan, legal brief). 
  • Marginal annotations help student “get inside” the readings, calling our important features of the readings and often eliciting critical analysis from students as they read.
  • Summary “Tip Sheets” at the end of chapters offer practical advice for students trying to crack the codes of academic communities.