• About ForeWords for English

    Not all writing courses are the same. ForeWords for English content can help you build the handbook or writing text that meets your specific course objectives. Give students tools to boost their academic writing skills. Introduce them to strategies for planning and time management. Help them to make better rhetorical choices. Or give them information relevant to your school-policies, resources, course outcomes, and more. ForeWords makes it all possible. 

    See the sample module Writing about Literature, and visit the ForeWords Library below to preview more modules.


    Adding your original content

    A custom writing text helps foster a culture of writing and a composition vocabulary within a school or a program. For example, according to one long-time adopter of A Writer's Reference, a custom handbook can provide "a written expression of community values" for a writing program (Bob Cummings, University of Mississippi). We can help you create original custom content relevant for your course and your program. Many schools include a combination of the following, but your needs might be completely different. Talk to us! 


            
    • Message/letter from the Program Chair 
            
    • Writing center information and benefits
       
    • Program policies
       
    • How to prepare for a trip to the writing center
       
    • Course outcomes
       
    • Resources for ESL/International students
       
    • Course assignments
       
    • Model student writing
       
    • Common syllabus
       
    • Resources for students with disabilities or special learning needs


  • Forewords Library

    A Brief Guide to CSE Documentation Style

    Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

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    A Brief Guide to CSE Documentation Style offers advice for students who are writing in the sciences-with citation advice and models for writing in CSE (Council of Science Editors) style.

    Contents

    CSE 1 - CSE documentation systems 
    CSE 2 - CSE in-text citations 
    CSE 3 - CSE reference list 
    CSE 4 - CSE manuscript format

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    How to Write an Argument Essay

    Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

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    How to Write an Argument Essay gives straightforward, practical advice with plenty of examples and with coverage of appeals. The module includes a full sample student essay written in MLA (2016) style.

    Contents

    AR 1 - When writing arguments, consider purpose and context 
    AR 2 - View your audience as a panel of jurors 
    AR 3 - In your introduction, establish credibility and state your position 
    AR 4 - Back up your thesis with persuasive lines of argument 
    AR 5 - Support your claims with specific evidence 
    AR 6 - Anticipate objections; counter opposing arguments 
    AR 7 - Build common ground 
    AR 8 - Sample student writing: Argument

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    How to Write a Proposal

    Nancy Sommers, Jonathan S. Cullick

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    More and more students are being assigned to write proposals. This module covers how to do so for academic, business/professional, and research situations. Includes two sample proposals.

    Contents

    PR 1 - Writing a research proposal in the humanities (with sample) 
    PR 2 - Writing a proposal in business or professional situations (with sample) 
    PR 3 - Writing a proposal in the sciences 

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    Insider's Guide to Academic Planning

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    Insider's Guide to Academic Planning gives straightforward advice about the value of planning ahead and gives students strategies for making the most of meetings with their academic adviser. It also includes tips on choosing a major and advice tailored to part-time students.

    Contents

    PL 1 - The bottom line 
    PL 2 - Getting in gear 
    PL 3 - How to choose a major 
    PL 4 - Handy tips for part-time students 
    PL 5 - Mistakes smart students make 
    PL 6 - Insider tactics: How top students map their academic paths 
    PL 7 - Create your 5-semester plan 

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    Insider's Guide to College Ethics and Personal Responsibility

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    This module gives students advice about how to be a student who is responsible for his or her own success. Insider's Guide to College Ethics and Personal Responsibility covers plagiarism and other kinds of cheating-and gives strategies for making ethical choices in college.

    Contents

    PR 1 - What is cheating? 
    PR 2 - How widespread is cheating? 
    PR 3 - If other people are cheating, why shouldn't you? 
    PR 4 - How not to cheat: 10 essential tips 
    PR 5 - How easy is it to get caught? 
    PR 6 - The rules of paraphrasing 
    PR 7 - Insider tactics: How top students stay honest 

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    Insider's Guide to College Etiquette

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    College is about learning academic skills, but it's also about learning social skills. Insider's Guide to College Etiquette covers how to address instructors in person and in e- mail, when to use (and not use) technology, how to come to class prepared, how to succeed in collaborative groups, and more.

    Contents

    ET 1 - Four truths
    ET 2 - Attitude
    ET 3 - Getting in gear
    ET 4 - Classroom rules
    ET 5 - Playing well with others: The group project
    ET 6 - Communicating with your professor

    ET 7 - Top 10 rules for college roommates         

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    Insider's Guide to Community College

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    This module gives a brief history of community colleges, an overview of benefits and challenges to consider, an overview of the kinds of resources available to students, and a practical way of thinking about what comes after community college.

    Contents

    CC 1 - The three big questions
    CC 2 - The big news: Why the community college renaissance?
    CC 3 - The benefits
    CC 4 - The challenges
    CC 5 - Getting in gear
    CC 6 - Selecting your classes
    CC 7 - Getting help
    CC 8 - Planning ahead: What's beyond?

    CC 9 - Insider tactics: How top students make the most of community college         

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    Insider's Guide to Time Management

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    We all wish we had more time; since it's impossible to gain hours in a day, our best bet is to develop strategies to better manage the time we have. Insider's Guide to Time Management offers important advice for college students.

    Contents

    TM 1 - The case for time management
    TM 2 - Getting in gear: Taking charge of your time
    TM 3 - Four time-wasting habits to avoid
    TM 4 - Two indispensable tools to keep you on track
    TM 5 - Insider tactics: How top students manage their time         

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    Sentence Guides for Academic Writers

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    Sentence Guides for Academic Writers helps students with the most basic academic scenario: having to understand and respond to the ideas of others. This is a practical module that helps students develop an academic writing voice by giving them guides, or templates, to follow in different rhetorical situations and types of research conversations.

    Contents

    ACADEMIC WRITERS PRESENT INFORMATION AND OTHERS' VIEWS
    SG 1 - Presenting what is known or assumed
    SG 2 - Presenting others' views
    SG 3 - Presenting direct quotations
    SG 4 - Presenting alternative views

    ACADEMIC WRITERS PRESENT THEIR OWN VIEWS
    SG 5 - Presenting your own views: agreement and extension
    SG 6 - Presenting your own views: queries and skepticism
    SG 7 - Presenting your own views: disagreement or correction
    SG 8 - Presenting and countering objections to your argument

    ACADEMIC WRITERS PERSUADE BY PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
    SG 9 - Presenting stakeholders
    SG 10 - Presenting the "so what"
    SG 11 - Presenting the players and positions in a debate

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    Strategies for Online Learners

    Marcy Carbajal Van Horn, Sara McCurry

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    Taking an online class requires commitment. Taking an online writing class requires commitment, stamina, social skills, and familiarity with technology-all of which are covered in Strategies for Online Learners.

    Contents

    OL 1 - Preparing to learn online
    OL 2 - Becoming familiar with your online course
    OL 3 - Participating actively in online courses
    OL 4 - Contributing appropriate content in online courses
    OL 5 - Avoiding plagiarism in online courses

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    Strengthening Academic Writing Skills (ESL)

    Marcy Carbajal Van Horn,   Kimberli Huster

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    Written by two ESL experts, Strengthening Academic Writing Skills offers multilingual students important advice about how to succeed with the writing assignments given in first year writing courses or in other college courses. Includes lessons on paraphrasing effectively and writing persuasively.

    Contents

    AW 1 - Participate actively in class and in groups
    AW 2 - Visit the writing center often
    AW 3 - Become familiar with academic vocabulary
    AW 4 - Paraphrase sources effectively
    AW 5 - Writing a summary: Excerpt from a student paper
    AW 6 - In persuasive writing, assert your claim before providing the evidence
    AW 7 - Take a stand on an issue

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    A Writer's Choices: An Overview of the Writing Process

    Andrea A. Lunsford

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    Andrea Lunsford knows student writing, and in this module, she gives an overview of the rhetorical choices college writers make in their academic writing (and in their everyday writing!). The module gives students a manageable process for completing college writing assignments.

    Contents

    WP 1 - Moving between social and academic writing
    WP 2 - Meeting expectations for academic writing
    WP 3 - Considering the assignment and purpose; choosing a topic
    WP 4 - Reaching appropriate audiences
    WP 5 - Considering stance and tone
    WP 6 - Considering time, genre, medium, and format
    WP 7 - Collaborating
    WP 8 - Exploring a topic
    WP 9 - Developing a working thesis
    WP 10 - Gathering evidence and doing research
    WP 11 - Planning and drafting
    WP 12 - Developing paragraphs
    WP 13 - Designing texts
    WP 14 - Reviewing, revising, and editing
    WP 15 - Reflecting

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    Writing about Literature

    Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

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    For students who are assigned to write analytically about short stories, poems, plays, and novels, Writing about Literature teaches brief lessons about forming an interpretation, avoiding plot summary, and integrating sources from primary and secondary works.

     

    Contents

    WL 1 - Reading to form an interpretation
    WL 2 - Planning the paper
    WL 3 - Writing the paper
    WL 4 - Observing the conventions of literature papers
    WL 5 - Integrating quotations from the text
    WL 6 - Using secondary sources; avoiding plagiarism

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    Writing in Business and for Professional Purposes

    Jonathan S. Cullick, Terry Myers Zawacki

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    This module is tailored to the needs of students who must write memos, reports, business letters, and other professional documents. Sample student writing is included, as well as notes about writing for business audiences.

    Contents

    BP 1 - Determine your audience and their needs in business
    BP 2 - Recognize the forms of writing in business
    BP 3 - Know the questions business and professional writers ask
    BP 4 - Understand the kinds of evidence business and professional writers use
    BP 5 - Become familiar with writing conventions in business
    BP 6 - Use the APA or CMS (Chicago) system in business writing
    BP 7 - Sample student writing: An investigative report

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