Academic Writing Skills is a three volume series that develops students' abilities to compose college-level essays. Each volume walks students through the process of ensuring the information in their essays is logically organized, written in a suitable academic style, and free of plagiarism through structured integration and citation of properly written
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Academic Writing Skills is a three volume series that develops students' abilities to compose college-level essays. Each volume walks students through the process of ensuring the information in their essays is logically organized, written in a suitable academic style, and free of plagiarism through structured integration and citation of properly written paraphrases, summaries, and quotes. As students progress through the series, fundamental structures are reinforced, new elements are introduced, and more complex writing demands are required. In all, the Academic Writing Skills series is a complete instructional resource for students wishing to write authentic academic essays.
Academic Writing Skills 1 takes students through a step-by-step process from writing a paragraph to essays. It is appropriate for students new to academic writing who need general training in essay writing skills.
The skills emphasized in this volume include:
• Writing key sentences in an essay
• Organizing the sentences in a paragraph
• Organizing paragraphs in an essay
• Using language to show relationships between ideas
• Using outside sources to support a point
• Paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting information from outside sources
• Improving the quality of an essay following pre- and post-writing steps
1. Who is the textbook appropriate for?
Any novice or basic writing student needing academic essay skills.
Recommended assessed English levels are 300 TOEFL PBT / 250-380 TOEIC.
Students with a basic knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. They should already possess the ability to construct grammatical sentences.
Students from any cultural background – the content and examples in Academic Writing Skills 1 are not culturally specific.
2. How can I use this textbook in the classroom?
The sections in Academic Writing Skills 1 can be used selectively, or followed unit by unit. Experienced instructors may feel comfortable customizing classes using the appropriate sections their students require, as the textbook can be easily supplemented with additional grammar or writing tasks. Less experienced academic writing instructors can follow the textbook unit by unit as content is presented in a linear paragraph to essay progression with all key points of academic expectations included.
The textbook presents a standard 5 paragraph essay structure that is widely applicable. Therefore, instructors can easily use the contents of the textbook for the specific needs of their writing assignments.
The textbook has four units with a total of twelve sections, which makes it teachable in one semester covering one part in each lesson or over an academic year, covering one part in two or more lessons.
3. What distinguishes this textbook from other academic writing textbooks?
Academic Writing Skills 1 aims to teach even novice writers how to write a complete academic research essay. The textbook:
Emphasizes the role of each paragraph type: introductory, body, and conclusion.
Teaches the central role of a thesis in writing and how to support an argumentative position in an essay.
Instructs the necessity of evidence to support ideas, and how to organize paragraphs.
Specifically instructs how to paraphrase, summarize and quote from sources.
Teaches how to integrate sources in-text using citation.
4. What should students reasonably be able to do by the end of this textbook?
Write a five-paragraph expository essay, and a research essay with an argumentative thesis.
Use outside sources that are properly cited and integrated using paraphrases, summaries and quotations with a Works Cited list.
Understand how to paraphrase, summarize, or quote to avoid plagiarism and maintain the original meaning of the source.
Use appropriate vocabulary, words and phrases to make transitions between sentences and paragraphs smooth, and to construct compound and complex sentences expected in academic writing.
5. What will students like about this book?
While Academic Writing Skills understands the instructor is a valuable resource in a writing class, the textbook is also student-friendly:
Clear point form explanations, and step-by-step instruction makes the textbook easily understandable.
Authentic and culturally neutral models present helpful and interesting examples for students.
Ample use of visually appealing diagrams makes the presented concepts easy to understand.
Only grammar specifically related to achieving academic essay structure is presented in the textbook.
Direct instruction and advice on how to construct the necessary elements of an essay.