• About ForeWords for STEM

    Do you find your students struggling in writing effective scientific papers, lab reports or other written documentation required for your science course?  We have compiled some of our most popular writing modules that you can incorporate right within a customized text.  You can also incorporate your own original content.  Give your students the tools to boost their academic writing skills.  ForeWords for STEM makes it possible.

    See the sample module Sentence Guides for Academic Writers and visit the ForeWords library below to preview more modules.


  • 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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    A Practical Guide to Study Skills

    Amy Himsel, El Camino College

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    New research on memory and learning continues to challenge traditional notions about the most effective ways to study and learn. Master teacher Amy Himsel of El Camino College sorts through the misconceptions about the best way to study and offers students practical advice on what they can do to learn more effectively now. Rather than prescribe one plan for everyone, the author introduces the basics of memory and then presents a wide range of strategies for reading, note-taking, self-testing, reviewing, test-taking, and managing time. Himsel both challenges and motivates students to rethink their study habits and become better learners-a great benefit to first-year students, especially.

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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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    Working with Sources: Using APA Style

    Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College

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    Writing with sources can be a perennial challenge for students in any discipline. In this short guide, librarian Barbara Fister provides students with a practical checklist for ensuring that sources are properly integrated into their writing and correctly cited to avoid plagiarism. A thorough guide to in-text citations and references ensures that students will have a reliable place to find out about APA style.                         

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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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