About Writing: A Guide

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Robin Jeffrey, Klamath Community College

Pub Date: 2016

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Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Reviewed by Kayla Forrest, Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

Overall, the text does a nice job addressing many aspects of writing, with a specific focus on academic writing. In particular, I found that the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Holly DeGrow, Instructor, Mt Hood Community College, on 12/6/2016.

The text has good coverage of many aspects of writing. The divisions and discussion of types of writing are useful for beginning students who are … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kole Matheson, Affiliate Instructor , Old Dominion University, on 12/6/2016.

Determining if a book about writing is comprehensive, saying that all areas and ideas of the subject are covered, is not possible without first … read more

 

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Reviewed by Joshua Watson, Instructor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

Content areas are brief, but thorough, leaving more time for students to gain greater insight by actually attempting concepts as opposed to just reading about them.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Lucia Carminati, PhD Candidate, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

The text exhaustively covers a wide range of different materials and strives to, and indeed succeeds, to do so effectively. Unfortunately there are … read more

 

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Reviewed by Nancy Easterlin, Research Professor of English and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of New Orleans, on 2/16/2017.

In the range of material covered, this text is comprehensive for an introductory-level college composition course, but it is extremely superficial, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kathryn Boylan, Assistant Professor, Virginia Western Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The text basically covers most of the information needed about the writing process. Part One on Composition is lacking in some areas though. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kelli Hallsten Erickson, English Faculty, Lake Superior College, on 4/12/2017.

There is a table of contents, but no index or glossary. It contains brushstrokes covering major concepts and gets more nuanced with some topics-- … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jean Mittelstaedt, Adjunct writing teacher, Chemeketa Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The text is divided into 8 parts, each a broad area within the field of student writing. Parts range from “Composing” and “Researching” to citation, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jennie Englund, Instructor, Composition I & II, Rogue Community College, Oregon, on 4/12/2017.

This review examines Open Oregon Educational Resources’ “About Writing: A Guide,” by Robin Jeffrey (2016), of Klamath Community College. Its nature … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kate Maurer, Assistant Professor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 4/12/2017.

_About Writing: A Guide_ appears to be intended as a tool which can take the place of needing a handbook AND a rhetoric or reader in classes such as … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lucille Minuto, Adjunct Instructor, Rhode Island College, on 4/12/2017.

Comprehensiveness The text covers a great deal of materials without overwhelming the writing and grammar adverse students. A student can easily find … read more

 

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Reviewed by Tridha Chatterjee, Lecturer, Boston University, on 6/21/2017.

The book covers a wide range of topics relevant for students who are beginning to learn the conventions of academic writing. But, the engagement with … read more

 

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Reviewed by Pary Fassihi, Lecturer of Academic Writing, Boston University, on 6/21/2017.

Although the book seems to be touching on the most problematic areas of academic writing for undergraduate students, it could not necessarily be … read more

 

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Reviewed by Derrian Goebel, Part-Time Credit Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This online resource covers many of the mainstream writing class needs, such as having writing styles (MLA, APA, and CMS), research writing, academic … read more

 

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Reviewed by Heather Botsford, Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University, on 6/21/2017.

About Writing: A Guide covers all of the basic areas of writing including composing, revising, academic writing, research, citation styles, basic … read more

 

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Reviewed by Phyllis Nissila, Instructor, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon, on 6/21/2017.

The text reflects the title: it is a guide about writing. Used that way, it provides basic information, if a bit brief in several places, for anyone … read more

 

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Reviewed by Andrea Wood, Associate Professor, Winona State University, on 6/21/2017.

The text provides a broad overview but does not go into great depth on many of the issues it covers. Consequently, it lacks the level of substantive … read more

 

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Reviewed by Laura Beadling, Associate Professor, Youngstown State University, on 6/21/2017.

The book covers the relevant aspects of college writing. The major sections of the book - Composing, Academic Writing, Researching, MLA/APA./CMS, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amanda Jacob, English Instructor, Northshore Technical Community College, on 6/21/2017.

While the book covers many fantastic topics, some topics would benefit from fuller attention. While the inclusion of questions to guide students is … read more

 

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Reviewed by Tracy Henninger-Willey, Contracted Faculty, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

At first glance I thought the text was not comprehensive because of how short each section was. However, the more time I spent with the text, the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Rita Dandridge, Professor, Virginia State University, on 6/21/2017.

The book lacks comprehensiveness. For instance, the author fails to discuss the eight parts of speech in any detail. The pronoun is missing, and the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Claudia Hutchison, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

About Writing: A Guide introduces the basic concepts that one would expect in a first year college writing class. It delineates four types of writing … read more

 

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Reviewed by Susan Iversen, DE instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The book asks writers questions for self-reflection but does not explain and delve deeply into explanation or give examples.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Laurie Trybom, Adjunct Instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

About Writing :A Guide: is a text that could really be utilized with a group of Adult Basic Skills Students. The book is a basic that can be used … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amy Flessert, Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

Comprehensiveness is one of the weaker aspects of this text. While there are sections for much of what I teach in this book, they are not … read more

 

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Reviewed by Nancy Rowe, Instructor, Loyola University New Orleans, on 6/21/2017.

The text feels more like an outline or a powerpoint presentation than a comprehensive guide to writing. This text might work as a general overview, … read more

 

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Reviewed by JoAnne Knowles, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

I was attracted to About Writing at first because the preview said that the book "covers everything the beginning writing student needs." … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jim Cooper, Adjunct English Instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This guide, though not a handbook, covers all of the essentials of college writing and the writing process. It is easy to navigate, with a drop down … read more

 

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Reviewed by Timothy Francisco, Professor, Youngstown State University, on 6/21/2017.

In important places where students often need practice and further guidance, such as with Point of View, tense, etc., the selections aren't terribly … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sara Atwood, Adjunct instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/16/2017.

This book is an effective primer in grammar for students who are in need of a review, or those who have not had a sound foundation in grammar. It is … read more

 

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Reviewed by VINCENT LASNIK, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College, on 8/16/2017.

A reasonable comprehensiveness for introductory college-level composition courses (WR121) is a strength of About Writing: A Guide. Many of the basic … read more

 

Table of Contents

About the Author
Composing

  • Types of Writing Styles
  • Understanding the Assignment
  • Assessing the Writing Situation
  • Test Your Thesis
  • Constructing an Outline
  • Checklist: Planning a Document
  • Transitions
  • Visuals Help You Communicate

Academic writing

  • Active Reading
  • Analyzing a Text
  • Rhetorical Concepts
  • Academic Writing: Point of View
  • Academic Writing: Verb Tense
  • How to: Write a Summary
  • Countering Opposing Arguments
  • Putting Inductive Reasoning to the Test
  • Most Common Evidence Used by Authors

Researching

  • Keyword Searching: Do it Better!
  • Is this source scholarly?
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Evaluating Web Sources
  • What Do You Need for a Citation?
  • Avoiding Plagiarism

MLA/APA/CMS

  • What is MLA, APA, and CMS?
  • MLA Signal Phrases
  • MLA Citation Examples
  • APA Signal Phrases
  • APA Citation Examples
  • CMS Signal Phrases

Basic Grammar

  • Introducing... Subordinate Clauses!

Grammatical Sentences

  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Should You Use –s (or –es) for a Present-Tense Verb?
  • Is Your Sentence a Fragment?
  • Is Your Sentence a Run-On?
  • Does Your Sentence Have a Dangling Modifier?

Multilingual Writers and ESL Challenges

  • Verb Forms: The Basics
  • Verb Tenses: Active Voice
  • Verb Tenses: Passive Voice
  • The Meaning of Modals
  • Nouns
  • Articles for Common Nouns
  • Non-count Nouns
  • Geography and ‘The’
  • How to Order Cumulative Adjectives
  • Three Magic Words: At, On, and In
  • Combo Time! – Adjectives & Prepositions
  • Combo Time! – Verbs & Prepositions

Revising

  • A strategy for analyzing and revising a first draft
  • Checklist: Revision
  • How to: Be a Constructive Peer Reviewer

About the Book

This writer’s reference condenses and covers everything a beginning writing student should need to successfully compose college-level work. The book covers the basics of composition and revising, including how to build a strong thesis, how to peer review a fellow student’s work, and a handy checklist for revision, before moving on to a broad overview of academic writing. Included for those students who need writing help at the most basic level are comprehensive sections on sentence style and grammar, verbs, nouns and other tenets of basic grammar. Finally, the sections on research and citation should help any student find solid evidence for their school work and cite it correctly, as well as encouraging an understanding of why citation is so important in the first place. This is a guide that is useful to writing students of all levels, either as a direct teaching tool or a simple reference.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

This guide was created by Robin Jeffrey, LRC Director at Klamath Community College, in Spring of 2015. The Revised Edition was created by Robin Jeffrey, LRC Director at Klamath Community College, in Summer of 2016.