The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection
An advanced reading and writing text for your developmental classes.
The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection, by John Langan, features his famously clear and user-friendly approach—a pedagogy that has propelled countless students to success in the classroom and beyond! Featuring more advanced readings and practice materials than The Reading-Writing Connection, this new book includes a model research paper and a guide to writing a research paper using sources. Suitable for advanced reading and writing classes, the book teaches students, in a step-by-step way, the skills they need to think, read, and write with clarity.
Key Features of The Advanced 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: first impresssions/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 Advanced 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.
Available electronic resources.
Reading-Writing Plus is an available subscription-based suite of electronic resources to accompany this text. It includes digital exercises, mastery tests, assessments, the Skills Bank, the Readings Bank, eBooks* of The Reading-Writing Connection, The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection, and the 100+ titles in the Townsend Library. Note: Students must have a paid subscription to access Reading-Writing Plus materials. Click here to learn more about subscription options, including discounted digital/textbook bundles.
*eBooks are NOT included with Reading-Writing Plus LE (Limited Edition).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION: The Reading-Writing Connection
PART ONE: Reading and Writing Skills
1 Main Ideas in Reading
2 Supporting Details in Reading
3 Main Ideas and Supporting Details in Writing
4 Understanding the Writing Process
5 Relationships in Reading
6 Relationships in Writing
7 More Relationships in Reading
8 More Relationships in Writing
9 Inferences in Reading and Writing
10 Argument in Reading and Writing
PART TWO: Fifteen Selections for Readers and Writers
Introduction to the Reading Selections
1 Growing Less Dumb Eileen Brenoff
2 College Athletes Should Be Paid Ann Kaufmann
3 Life Isn't Fair Beth Johnson
4 Managing Conflicts in Relationships Redolph F. Verderber
5 Controlling Your Destiny Guadalupe Quintanilla
6 Forget What You Know about Good Study Habits Benedict Carey
7 To Tony Lopez, with Love Steve Lopez
8 A Path to Marriage Jean Sutton
9 Consequences of Social Class James Henslin
10 The Ugly Truth about Beauty Dave Barry
11 Rethinking Sleep David K. Randall
12 Marijuana Today Mark Bowden
13 The Bitter Truth about Sugar Emily Carlin
14 Diamonds Aren't Forever Ruth A. Rouff
15 Today's Jobs Crisis: What Students Need to Know Donald Bertram
About The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection:
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The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection includes the following supplements:
The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection features an annotated Instructor’s Edition, which is identical to the student book except that it provides answers to all the practices and tests. In addition, the Instructor's Edition includes useful hints for teachers as well instructive annotation to help scaffold lessons. No other book on the market has such detailed and helpful annotations.
1. A downloadable Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank includes suggestions for teaching, a model syllabus, and readability levels for the text and the reading selections. The test bank contains four additional mastery tests for each of the skills chapters in Part I—all on letter-sized sheets so they can be copied easily for use with students. This resource is available to all instructors in the Learning Center.
2. Downloadable PowerPoint presentations have been crafted to teach key skills and concepts directly to students. These PowerPoints are available free to instructors in the Learning Center.
3. Reading-Writing Plus is a powerful subscription-based collection of digital resources for your college reading or college readiness program. Drawing from the acclaimed pedagogy of our Ten Steps Series, Reading-Writing Plus is a digital suite of exercises, mastery tests, assessments, and instructional videos; a Skills Bank; a Readings Bank; and eBooks* of both of our combined reading-writing texts along with more than 100 Townsend Library titles. Note:Students must have a paid subscription to access Reading-Writing Plus materials. Click here to learn more about subscription options, including discounted digital/textbook bundles, or download a brochure here.
* eBooks are not included with Reading-Writing Plus LE (Limited Edition).
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TP's Advanced Reading-Writing Connection and the Common Core State Standards
If you’re looking for a powerful, effective, Common Core-aligned resource to help you teach advanced reading and writing to your students, look no further. You will find a key ally in The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection (ARWC).
Like its lower-leveled companion, The Reading-Writing Connection, ARWC helps students learn the reading and writing skills needed for success in the classroom and beyond. In the course of building students’ reading and writing skills, The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection also addresses the competencies and benchmarks outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The connection between the Common Core and The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection emerges from their shared educational fundamentals. Both draw from practical classroom experience and research in the fields of reading and composition. Both focus on the same goal: to empower students to be strong, active, and critical readers and writers. And both, in an effort to achieve this goal, outline a series of essential skills students need to master. ARWC goes one step further; it teaches these skills through practice exercises, assignments, readings, and tests.
The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection covers the CCSS Anchor Standards for Grades 9–12 itemized below, in the following categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.
In addition, The ARWC also fulfills an impressive number of CCSS benchmarks for the specific grade levels it spans. The downloadable Advanced Reading-Writing Connection CCSS Grade-Level Analysis, lists the specific CCSS benchmarks, by grade, covered in the book.
 CCSS Anchor Standards citations are coded as follows: The abbreviation of the instructional strand’s name and then the standard number. So the standard labeled “R.3” indicates the “Reading” strand, standard number three, which is “Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.” For a complete listing of the CCSS, please visit www.corestandards.org.