First Edition   ©2017


A Thematic Reader for Writers

Emily Isaacs (Montclair State University) , Catherine Keohane (Montclair State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-00496-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-00496-5; Format: Paper Text, 478 pages

Toolkits for Reading and Writing

Chapter 3 features 80+ toolkit exercises that provide students with hands-on practice in areas like active reading, outlining, summarizing, evaluating arguments, planning, drafting theses, tackling revision, and much more. Organized in six simple-to-follow sections – Getting the Most Out of Reading, Generating Writing, Organizing Writing, Revising Writing, Following Writing Rules and Conventions, and Polishing Sentences—the toolkits are designed for use alongside assignments from the book, as stand-alone assignments, or in conjunction with any other material an instructor has chosen independently. 
 Focus on Academic Reading and Writing Instruction Fundamentals

The first two chapters provide the foundation of academic reading and writing, offering key terms and definitions, essential reading and writing strategies, and a walk-through of a student’s writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, and revision.
Carefully structured support for academic reading and writing in every thematic chapter

--All thematic chapters open with an image and an “Image Response” writing activity that get students thinking and writing about the topic immediately and connecting to prior knowledge; 

--The thematic chapter Introductions not only offer context and background, but also model academic source-based writing by including a Works Cited list and incorporating and quoting sources as needed;

--Before You Read activities prompt students to start thinking about the topic early, giving them an entry point into the reading;

--Headnotes about the author provide important biographical context for the readings;

--As You Read tasks help students focus as they read, asking them to underline, highlight, and make lists as they go, fostering active reading skills;

--Marginal glosses explain vocabulary and cultural references that may be otherwise inaccessible to students of various backgrounds and ages;

--Mapping the Reading questions focus on reading comprehension and rhetorical analysis, ensuring that students have grasped the main ideas of what they’ve just read;

--Discussing and Thinking Critically about the Reading questions prompt students to think more deeply about the selection and related issues, connect with their own ideas, and frequently refer them back to the As You Read activities to identify evidence for their positions on what they’ve read; and

--Navigating the Intersections writing assignments require students to investigate connections between selections and research related topics.
Model Student Writing
The Appendix provides five sample student essays, each illustrating a different genre and fully annotated to show writing strategies and conventions, including updated MLA citation style.