Student Guide: How to Use This Textbook
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How to Use This Textbook
Congratulations on enrolling in a first year composition class!
This book is designed to be:
- Easy to use
- Reasonably easy to understand
- Thought provoking
How to Read and Annotate this Textbook
You can read and watch the information in this textbook in a number of ways, partly depending on how your instructor assigned the information. Your instructor may just assign certain pages, in which case, they may simply give you a link to the page. If that's the case, you can read it online and annotate the page by highlighting the text, signing into Hypothes.is, and taking your notes. You can find your notes again by signing into Hypothes.is. Please see below.
You can also print out the page by pressing the .pdf icon at the top right of the page (please see image, below). You can then download the .pdf file to your computer or print it out on paper. Please note that the links to the videos can only be accessed from the electronic version of the book.
How to Do the Exercises in this Textbook
You can do the textbook exercises your instructor assigned you by copying and pasting the exercise onto your computer and then typing in the answers. In some cases, the exercises may also be available in a file attached to the page, which you can download. The exercises are not hooked up with Canvas, as that option isn't currently technically feasible. Please check with your instructor to see if they have a preferred way for you to work on and turn in the exercises.
How to Search this Book
The best way to search this book is to go to the Table of Contents, choose the chapter title for what you think you are looking for, and then click on the subtitle of the item you need.
This textbook has twelve chapters for students to use:
1. Writing and College Success (College reading and writing expectations, as well as time management)
2. Writing and the Art of Rhetoric (Writing as conversation, critical thinking, logical fallacies, rhetorical analysis)
3. The Reading and Writing Connection (Reading and questioning strategies, vocabulary, and spelling)
4. Prewriting (The reading-writing process and strategies for preparing to write)
5. Thesis Statements, Topic Sentences, and the First Draft
6. Body Paragraphs (Development and working with sources)
8. Argumentation (Paragraph types, types of argumentation)
9. Creating Presentations and Sharing Ideas
10. Adding to the Conversation with Research Papers
11. Clarity, Conciseness, and Style
Mistakes and Suggestions
If you notice any errors or you have any suggestions for improving the textbook, please send your thoughts and suggestions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Just like you seek to learn and grow as a writer and scholar, so do we wish to continuously improve this textbook. It is a work in progress! Thank you for reading, and we hope this resource allows you a deepened understanding of and appreciation for the reading-writing process.
Athena Kashyap, Erika Dyquisto, and the entire Writing, Reading & College Success team