About Writing: A Guide

(12 reviews)


Robin Jeffrey, Klamath Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


Table of Contents

About the Author

  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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.