This textbook guides students through rhetorical and assignment analysis, the writing process, researching, citing, rhetorical modes, and critical reading. Guided by Oregon's statewide college writing outcomes, this book collects previously published articles, essays, and chapters.
- The process of preparing to write is as important as the drafting process itself; in many cases, it’s more important. Yet this is the process that most of us will skip when in a rush, preferring to dive directly into the writing part of any given writing assignment.
- This section addresses both the nuts-and-bolts planning aspects of getting started with writing and the higher level demands of figuring out how to structure an essay so that it meets with college writing expectations. It begins a longer discussion, as well, on how to find good information on which to base your arguments and explorations, a discussion we’ll continue in the research section.
- Research motivates most of our writing, whether formally or informally. It is not, however, a natural skill. Though many of us may navigate the Internet with ease, the type of research necessary for college writing requires skilled practice and obeys certain rules. Here, we’ll see an overview of these rules and procedures and review the correct way to incorporate others’ thoughts in our own work.
- Though there are as many ways to write a paper as there are papers, it is helpful to categorize different types of writing under specific names or genres. This section defines the most commonly used types (called modes) of writing that you may encounter in college and beyond. Each describes the way the piece is written, so that you can choose this form as a writer or identify it quickly as a reader.
- Most college writing begins as a response to a reading — whether assigned or found. As more and more interaction moves online, we are required daily to sort through written information with a swift and critical eye. Yet few of us are trained in how to determine what is and is not believable. Critical reading skills are vital to navigating college and the wider world, as this section’s reading addresses.