The Reading-Writing Connection
Key Features of The Reading-Writing Connection
Emphasis on clear thinking.
A basic truth at the heart of both the reading process and the writing process is that any thoughtful communication of ideas has two basics parts: (1) a point that is made and (2) the support for that point. As students work their way through this book, they will learn to apply the principle of point and support. They are encouraged when reading an essay to look for a central idea as well as for the reasons, examples, and other details that support that idea. They are reminded when writing to follow the same basic principle—to make a point and then provide support for that point. And they discover that clear thinking involves both recognizing ideas and deciding whether there is solid support for those ideas.
Abundant practice is essential to learning, so this book includes numerous reading and writing activities. Each of the fifteen readings that make up Part Two is followed by a sequence of activities: freewriting, a vocabulary and comprehension check, discussion questions, and paragraph and essay assignments.
High interest level.
Dull and unvaried exercises, assignments, and readings work against learning. Students need to experience genuine interest in the materials that they read and the assignments that they write. Everything in the book, including the fifteen readings in Part Two, has been chosen not only for the appropriateness of its reading and writing levels but also for its compelling content.
Ease of use.
The logical sequence in the chapters—from explanation to example to practice to mastery test—helps make the skills easier for instructors to teach and for students to learn.
Integration of skills.
After learning the connections between reading and writing skills in Part One, students go on to apply the skills to the reading selections and writing assignments in Part Two. Through a great deal of practice in using reading and writing skills, they become more effective readers and writers.
Friendliness of tone.
As is the case with all of John Langan’s books, The Reading-Writing Connection is written in a friendly tone, with a helpful voice that never condescends to students.
An annotated Instructor’s Edition is identical to the student book except that it provides answers to all the practices and tests, as well as comments on most answers.