Becoming a College Writer
First Edition   ©2019

Becoming a College Writer

A Multimedia Text

Todd Taylor

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-48640-5; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-48640-2; Format: Paper Text, 544 pages

A truly student-centered approach to the conversation about college writing. Becoming a College Writer is based on 100 interviews with a diverse range of students, including first generation and non-traditional college-aged students, and many for whom college doesn’t come easily. What have they struggled with? How have they improved and accomplished their goals? Interview quotes in each lesson -- along with brief videos based on the interviews that inform this book -- showcase a variety of perspectives to inspire and inform discussions.
Brief, modular lessons explain the “whys” and “hows” of college writing.  Each lesson opens with a "Why" section that makes a case for why students will benefit from learning particular skills. Later in the chapter, a "How" section guides students through the process of applying advice to their own writing, such as how to organize their paper or how to draw on evidence. “Practice” activities, interwoven throughout, provide opportunities for active learning.
Nearly 100 examples of student work in the LaunchPad allow students to explore the decisions of other writers. Organized by discipline and type of writing assignment, the largest collection of sample student writing in any resource enables students to compare writing across a variety of disciplines and genres, while learning from their peers.

  • Examples range from essays and research papers, to podcasts and other types of multimodal assignments.
  • “Analyze Student Writing” exercises at the end of each lesson provide connections between the students profiled in that lesson and the collection of student models.
  • In Lesson 25 (in print and online), six featured students discuss their writing process in detail and explain how they wrote the paper that is also included within this chapter.

A four part organization – Rhetoric, Context, Process, and Convention – supports best teaching practices and outcomes. Aligned to the CWPA Outcomes Statement, the four part organization of Becoming a College Writer ensures that you have all the support you and your students need for first-year writing. Suggested syllabi, called Pathways, are included in the front of the book to help organize assignments for intro composition, multimodal composition, and writing in the disciplines.

“Revising Repeatedly from Feedback” serves as a central theme, reinforcing the importance of revision. The book introduces the key topic of revision at the beginning and interweaves it through every lesson, with a detailed discussion in Chapter 15. The phrase "Revise Repeatedly from Feedback" emerged from an interview with Deonta, one of the students who is quoted in the book.
Unique at-a-glance charts break down the complexities of grammar and citation. Charts on grammar include important topics such as independent and dependent clauses, subject-verb agreement, and parallelism. Citations charts cover the basics of documentation in MLA, APA, and Chicago.  This quick, easy-to-reference resource makes information visually appealing and accessible, so that students can get the support they need and get back to writing.
LaunchPad brings the student voices and faces at the heart of this text alive in ways that traditional print alone cannot. Available packaged at a significant discount with the print text, LaunchPad for Becoming a College Writer includes the complete eBook with all student videos so your class can hear and see the students they’ve met in the pages of the book. LaunchPad also features the complete collection of student work, plus LearningCurve adaptive quizzing activities on grammar, argument, and other topics; diagnostic tools; Grammar Girl podcasts; and other resources for teaching and learning.