The Word on College Reading and Writing

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Monique Babin, Clackamas Community College
Carol Burnell, Clackamas Community College
Susan Pesznecker, Portland State University

Pub Date: 2017

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Reviewed by Lucas Street, Director of the Reading/Writing Center and Instructor of English, Augustana College, on 6/20/2018.

A good introduction to college reading/writing, especially useful for first-year students. While some of the subsections are a bit short, there’s … read more



Reviewed by Farah Marklevits, Assistant Director, The Reading/Writing Center, Augustana College, on 6/20/2018.

Including and starting with reading is an excellent, much-needed approach to introduce students in how to think critically and write effectively for … read more



Reviewed by Claudia Hutchison, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College, on 6/20/2018.

Introduced as “a handy guide” for all college reading and writing assignments, this text thoroughly addresses the vital aspects of reading … read more



Reviewed by Phoebe Reeves, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, on 3/28/2018.

Succinctly and with adequate explanations/exercises/examples, this text covers all the basics. I like that it keeps a tight focus on these basics, … read more



Reviewed by Tara Coleman, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College, on 2/2/2018.

The book covers all of the important features of the reading and writing process, including a few sections, like the one on information Literacy and … read more



Reviewed by Kris Lowrey, Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University, on 2/2/2018.

This text provides a solid introduction to both the reading and writing skills that students would need as they begin their university studies. It … read more



Reviewed by Joseph Szpila, Adjunct Professor, Rhoce Island College, on 2/2/2018.

THE WORD ON COLLEGE READING AND WRITING provides a strong overview of the reading and writing process for, in particular, a target audience of … read more



Reviewed by Stefanie Lauer, GSW Dual Enrollment Professor, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

Not only does this book provide a comprehensive coverage of the entire subject of the differences between high school and college reading and … read more


Table of Contents

Part 1: Working with Texts

  • What is a Text?

Building Strong Reading Skills

  • Read Effectively
  • Create an Optimal Setting for Reading
  • Use Pre-reading Strategies
  • Read Efficiently
  • Annotate and Take Notes
  • Do Quick Research
  • Discover What a Text is Trying to Say
  • Explore the Ways the Text Affects You
  • Reflect
  • Troubleshoot Your Reading

Writing about Texts

  • Reading Critically
  • Exploring the Structure of a Text
  • Dialectic Note-taking
  • Analyzing Content and Rhetoric
  • Sentence-Level Analysis
  • Point of View
  • Word Choice
  • Paragraph Analysis
  • Summarizing a Text
  • Critiquing a Text
  • Drawing Conclusions, Synthesizing, and Reflecting

What is Information Literacy?

  • Why is Information Literacy Important?
  • Finding Quality Texts
  • Learning About Plagiarism and Guidelines for Using Information

Part 2: Writing

  • About This Section

Why Write?

  • Self-Exploration and Self-Enrichment
  • Creativity
  • Comprehension and Academic Performance
  • Professional Opportunities
  • Effective Communication and Persuasion

Determining Your Audience and Purpose

  • Audience
  • Purpose
  • Appealing to Your Audience
  • Exercises
  • Tone, Voice, and Point of View

Prewriting—Generating Ideas

  • Selecting and Narrowing a Topic
  • Strategies for Getting Started
  • Imagining Your Audience’s Needs


  • Organizing Your Ideas and Looking for Connections
  • Finding the Thesis
  • Writing a First Draft
  • Writing Paragraphs
  • The Paragraph Body: Supporting Your Ideas
  • Developing Relationships between Ideas
  • Patterns of Organization and Methods of Development
  • Writing Introductions
  • Writing Conclusions
  • Writing Summaries
  • Paraphrasing
  • Quoting

Using Sources Correctly

  • Crediting and Citing Your Sources
  • Citing: Identifying In-Text Sources
  • Citing or Identifying Images in Your Writing
  • Handling Titles
  • Proofreading Your Work with Sources
  • Using Citation Generators

Dealing with Obstacles and Developing Good Habits

  • Overcoming Writing Anxiety and Writer's Block
  • Good Writing Habits
  • Procrastination


  • Higher vs. Lower Order Concerns
  • Reverse Outlining
  • Editing
  • Document Format, Documentation Style, and Proofreading
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • What's Next?

Grammar and Style
Resources for Working with MLA
Creating a Works Cited Page
Results for the "Check Your Understanding" Activities
Glossary of Terms
Works Cited in This Text

About the Book

Written by five college reading and writing instructors, this interactive, multimedia text draws from decades of experience teaching students who are entering the college reading and writing environment for the very first time. It includes examples, exercises, and definitions for just about every reading- and writing-related topic students will encounter in their college courses.

About the Contributors


Monique Babin is a Professor in the Sociology department at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

Carol Burnell is a Professor in the Writing department at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

Susan Pesznecker is a Professor in the Writing department at Portland State University, Portland, OR