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English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate

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Ann Inoshita

Karyl Garland

Kate Sims

Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma

Tasha Williams

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: University of Hawaii Manoa

Language: English

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Reviewed by Monica Vidal, Lecturer, Leeward Community College on 12/12/22

The book is most certainly comprehensive. It covers all the topics one could use to teach an English 100 course. It describes in detail what students need to be successful, lays out the writing process, details the different kinds of essays... read more

Reviewed by Anthony Accardi Jr, Adjunct Professor, Middlesex Community College on 12/6/22

I was immediately impressed by the Table of Contents of the text English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate by Ann Inoshita Karyl Garland Kate Sims Jeanne K. Tsutsui. The “nuts and bolts” structure of the text presents an... read more

Reviewed by Angela Hurni, English Instructor, Tidewater Community College on 7/6/22

The textbook is a slim 110 pages and contains the essential chapters of any first-year college composition textbook: College Success Skills, The Writing Process, Essay Structure, Types of Essays, and Research Skills. However, the length of the... read more

Reviewed by Nick Hart, Adjunct English Instructor, Johnson County Community College on 4/21/22

The textbook is only 5 chapters + appendices. In addition, the textbook does not include an extensive grammatical or formatting section. Learning basic grammar and formatting practices are essential skills in first year and second year comp... read more

Reviewed by James Thomas Grady, Professor, Bristol Community College on 6/30/21

Provides substantial amounts of varied content. read more

Reviewed by Judith Hague, Adjunct English Instructor, Bristol Community College on 6/29/21

COMPREHENSIVENESS - The textbook offers a good basic overview of the elements of writing for first year composition students. It is well organized and clear which makes for easy reading. Each chapter consists of a Learning Objective which... read more

Reviewed by Alexis Teagarden, Associate Professor & Director of First-Year English, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on 6/29/21

First-Year Writing (FYW) textbooks grow increasingly expensive, with their additional online platforms and expanding list of topics covered. 'English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate' by Inoshita et al. provides a scaled-down set of... read more

Reviewed by Leah Van Vaerenewyck, Visiting Lecturer, Framingham State University on 6/23/21

The text offers a neatly organized and comprehensive index and appendix materials. The introductory chapter is well-intentioned with tips for effective communication in college, but it also assumes that all professors have the same... read more

Reviewed by Julie Odell, Associate professor, Community College of Philadelphia on 6/22/21

First, the college success chapter should include specific tips on annotation. Also, the growth mindset has become controversial for a number of reasons (it's a deficit ideology, ignores the material and emotional conditions of students' lives,... read more

Reviewed by Tabitha Espina, Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University on 6/14/21

The range of the text is particularly impressive. The first chapter consists of College Success Skills that are relevant to many first-year students' experiences. I liked that the text explicitly framed success in college with a narrative of... read more

Reviewed by Sharon Graham, Instructor, English Composition, Fort Hays State University on 5/21/21

This text includes useful material for all main areas of typical first-year college English composition classes. In some ways, it feels like an expanded outline that provides a solid foundation on which to elaborate. I, for one, appreciate the... read more

Reviewed by Kole Matheson, Lecturer, Old Dominion University on 5/16/21

The text offers a comprehensive overview of the current-traditional approach to English Composition. The genres explored in the text are typical of “first-year English” classes of the last century. Furthermore, the text accounts for established... read more

Reviewed by Rochella Bickford, Associate Professor, Kansas City Kansas Community College on 4/25/21

While the book provides a simple overview of a first-year composition course, there are many elements that would need to be included if it were to be used in courses that need to address different modes and genres of text. There are limited... read more

Reviewed by Karin Rhodes, Instructor, Salem State University on 7/2/20

This concise textbook is a good overview for newcomers to college. I like the first chapter on Success Skills; regardless of orientation workshops and First-Year Experience courses, freshmen need these skills to be repeated and reinforced. Our... read more

Reviewed by Padma Sundar, Adjunct Faculty, Bunker Hill Community College on 6/23/20

It covers all the areas a faculty would look for that can serve as a bridge course between high school and college. The topics range from functionalities of language to dynamics of it. The travel from the writing process to types of writing and... read more

Reviewed by Stephanie Viens, Adjunct Faculty, Bristol Community College on 6/22/20

The text appropriately covers all subjects relevant to an entry-level writing course. As an adjunct faculty members teaching Communication and secondary English Language Arts teacher, I find this text wanting for naught in terms of topics covered.... read more

Reviewed by Marie Pabst, Adjunct Instructor, Bunker Hill Community College on 6/11/20

This book provides a very comprehensive description of all the parts of the writing process. Additionally, when discussing each stage of writing this book gives clear and effective strategies that writers (especially emerging undergraduate... read more

Reviewed by Nina Presuto, Adjunct Professor, Raritan Valley Community College on 4/7/20

The text offers a clear scope and sequence of the writing process. Topics covered include prewriting, brainstorming, drafting, and revising/editing. Each of these steps, building upon previous step(s), creates a strong foundation for its topic,... read more

Reviewed by Frank Napolitano, Associate Professor of English, Radford University on 1/22/20

This book provides an overview of some of the main topics in writing instruction. I found the section on "Peer and Instructor Feedback" to be particularly useful (33). The activities provided at the end of each section enable students and... read more

Reviewed by Allan Anderson, Lecturer, Hawaii Community Colleges on 1/4/20

A first semester composition course has to make certain specific foundational choices about its topic. Do you want to emphasize analysis and paragraph structure? Thesis-building? How much should be given to research and argument, and the citation... read more

Reviewed by Lee Babin, English Instructor, Fletcher Technical Community College on 12/13/19

The book is a beginning to hopefully providing more in-depth lessons and instructions. Lessons touch upon different concepts of first-year college composition but rely on the person using the text to find almost all examples and supplemental... read more

Reviewed by Denise Acevedo, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University on 11/13/19

Chapter 1 is odd as it does not use the Sections 2 or 3 as modes to introduce a learning narrative, for example; instead, the information consists of details that students should have received in their New Student Orientation program or a New... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. College Success Skills
  • Chapter 2. The Writing Process
  • Chapter 3. Essay Structure
  • Chapter 4. Types of Essays
  • Chapter 5. Research Skills

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  • About the Book

    This OER textbook has been designed for students to learn the foundational concepts for English 100 (first-year college composition). The content aligns to learning outcomes across all campuses in the University of Hawai'i system. It was designed, written, and edited during a three day book sprint in May, 2019.

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    Ann Inoshita

    Karyl Garland

    Kate Sims

    Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma

    Tasha Williams

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