The Write Stuff: Thinking through Essays equips developing writers with the critical thinking skills they need to interpret and analyze information and express their ideas clearly and logically in writing.
As early as Chapter 1, author Marcie Sims defines critical thinking and goes on to explain the meaning and function of specific critical thinking terms and tools throughout the book. This element of critical thinking was something that Sims found missing in developmental writing texts currently available. Reaching beyond the usual writing instruction found in other texts, Sims gets to the core of developing the writer, which is to develop the writer as a thinker-writer. This approach to writing provides students with the basic tools for writing well-organized and developed essays that are grammatically and mechanically correct.
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Wendy Chan is a Professor of English and an ESL coordinator at Centennial College.
Prita Sethuram is a Professor of English and an ESL coordinator at Centennial College.Review:
“The Write Stuff is an informal and warm treatment of the business of reading and writing for the beginning college student. Everything that a student needs to develop sound fundamentals to see them through their undergraduate degree is covered in The Write Stuff.”
--Aurelea Mahood, Capilano University
“Overall, I find this text effective for teaching the traditional essay. I like the step-by-step approach and the way it looks at the whole reading first, then shows how the parts work together. The chosen readings are topical (current) and will appeal to my students. I also like to see the progression of the essay from first draft, through revisions to the final product.... These [readings] are much better, both in length and subject matter than in many other texts I have seen.... This is an excellent text for teaching college-level introductory critical reading, writing and thinking skills.
--Paula Crooks, Conestoga College
“The concepts are clearly defined and easily followed by the reader. I appreciate the fact that there are concrete applicable examples following the explanations for class discussion....The readings were certainly appropriate and would appeal to the students and what is relevant in their lives at this point... Finally, a textbook has been developed that clearly and concisely delineates the steps of a straight-forward approach to successful student writing .”
--Michelle Semeniuk, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
“I find the material quite up-to-date–and perhaps trend setting. The great majority of essay writing texts at the college level emphasize discrete modes in a way that separates class essay writing from the writing of real world articles. It is extremely refreshing to hear the author express in this chapter that most essays (stuff that actually is published and read) involve a mixing of modes, even though one mode may be primary .... This message about central and complementary modes is one my students need to receive.... The style exhibits a good balance of concision and detail. Each concept or strategy is explained briefly, and then followed with examples. The style is not overly academic or wordy.”
--Dave Banninga, Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology
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