A Reader's Guide to College Writing
First Edition   ©2014

A Reader's Guide to College Writing

John J. Ruszkiewicz (The University of Texas at Austin)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-4258-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-4258-6; Format: Paper Text, 260 pages

Dynamic, pocket-sized lessons focus on the critical reading and academic writing skills that students need in order to succeed in college: how to understand the contexts of intellectual controversies; how to summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize sources; how to engage responsibly in intellectual discussions; and how to turn those discussions into ideas they can share in writing.

A uniquely friendly voice makes Ruszkiewicz’s advice irresistible. Students will feel like they have an experienced, truth-telling writer by their side.

Engaging, meaty examples, by writers commonly taught across the university, illustrate rhetorical and stylistic moves that students can use on their own. Readers dissect and learn from choice passages by writers such as Malcolm Gladwell, Stanley Fish, Diane Ravitch, Sherman Alexie, and Barbara Ehrenreich.

Easy-to-spot notes in the margin highlight rhetorical moves and tips that work in academic writing. These simple guidelines give students an easy way to skim, remember, and apply the moves to their own writing.

Helpful reference materials support college success. Chapter 18, Clarity and Economy, offers a baker’s dozen of dos and don’ts for strong writing—for college and beyond—while a documentation appendix covers both MLA and APA format.

Thoughtful end-of-chapter exercises help students work through the advice in the chapter and use it in a variety of writing contexts.

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