Conditions of Use
The text covers all areas suggested in the title. This text provides support for English Language Learners (ELLs) and, I would argue, other learners placed in support courses for first-year composition courses such as ODU’s English 101. The text... read more
The text covers all areas suggested in the title. This text provides support for English Language Learners (ELLs) and, I would argue, other learners placed in support courses for first-year composition courses such as ODU’s English 101. The text would also be appropriate for ELLs in their final semester of Intensive English.
The index is found in “Contents” on the left-hand side and is easy to navigate. The first item, “How Supporting ELLs in FYC is Organized”, makes the organization of the units clear.
My reason for awarding 4 out of 5 is that the text would not be a “stand-alone” text for most courses as there are few writing assignments.
I found no issues.
The content is up-to-date and relevant. However, if one or more of the five core essays needs to be replaced, it would not be a quick fix as the exercises in each unit are based on the reading.
With the exception of a few sentence-combining exercises, the text is very clear.
The text is very consistent. I was particularly impressed by the way the grammar and sentence structure materials were presented and organized.
There are no enormous blocks of text. However, changing the order of the core units (II-VI) would present some challenges.
Very clear and logical
There were a couple of video links in Unit I (note-taking) which did not work. Also, the link to the New York Times article in Unit 5 doesn't work for those who don't have a subscription. Fortunately, there is a clickable link to a PDF of the article later in the unit.
I suggest that instructors check the links before assigning each unit to make sure that the links still work.
: I found only an occasional minor error.
While the text is not culturally insensitive or offensive, two of the five core readings are from the lead author’s culture (Iranian). While most if not all of the students will be able to understand, if not identify with the issues discussed, these articles could be balanced by providing links to alternative readings.
As an instructor with decades of experience teaching ESL and a few years’ experience teaching first-year composition, I envision using this textbook with ELLs in their final semester of Intensive English before entering the university. The text would also be appropriate for ELLs and other students in support courses for first-year composition courses such as ODU’s English 101.
This book does an excellent job of covering critical components of the reading process and writing process for students new to composition in English. The book covers multiple genres of writing and walks students through the important contextual... read more
This book does an excellent job of covering critical components of the reading process and writing process for students new to composition in English. The book covers multiple genres of writing and walks students through the important contextual information that goes into each genre.
I appreciate that the text is multimodal and includes access to online components that enhance the text. The outside source material is credible and of a high caliber.
This book is very relevant to the current methods of teaching remedial composition.
The text is clear, easy to follow, and caters to multiple learning styles.
The text maintains a high level of professionalism while also being readable and learner-friendly.
I appreciate the 5 modules that it has been broken down into and I think that giving students multiple chances to practice certain genres of writing is important to building their confidence and skills.
The flow is pleasing and well-organized.
Free of issues.
The text is concise.
I did not see anything that stuck out to me as culturally offensive. It seems conscious of all cultures.
Table of Contents
- How Supporting ELLs in FYC is Organized
I. Learning How to Take Notes
II. Narrative: I Went From Prison to Professor
III. Expository: Sweet, Sour & Resentful
IV. Expository: Why Rituals Are Good
V. Argument: Why do People Fall for Fake News?
VI. Argument: Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally
VII. Identifying Thesis Statements, Claims, and Evidence
VIII. Understanding Academic Assignments
IX. Answer Keys for Instructors
X. Supplemental Grammar Information
About the Book
Supporting ELLs in FYC is organized around five key essays, selected to coordinate with the essay styles commonly taught in first-year/first-semester composition courses.
This organization is planned to offer instructors the flexibility to best support the pacing of the composition course. There are 2 expository, 1 narrative, and 2 argument essays. Each module includes one essay, with accompanying activities and supporting materials.
- Expository: Sweet, Sour & Resentful
- Expository: Why Rituals Are Good
- Narrative: Prison to Professor
- Argument: Fake News
- Argument: Misinformation
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