Second Edition   ©2017

Read, Write, Connect

A Guide to College Reading and Writing

Kathleen Green (Pasadena City College) , Amy Lawlor (City College of San Francisco)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03596-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03596-9; Format: Paper Text, 800 pages

Integrated reading and writing instruction, with a uniquely flexible structure. Chapters from any of the book’s four parts can be assigned together to support various reading and writing outcomes. Part 1 provides step-by-step instruction in reading and writing from pre-reading to proofreading. Workshop chapters in Part 2 focus and expand on key topics such as building vocabulary, reading textbooks, writing thesis statements, and organizing an essay. These chapters can be assigned in any order or to individual students to address multiple skills levels. Themed readings in Part 3 give students ideas to work with and write about, and grammar chapters in Part 4 teach them to find and correct their own errors.
Scaffolded pedagogy and guided practice helps students learn by repeatedly practicing basic skills as they acquire more advanced skills. Practice It activities throughout the text engage students in work ranging from previewing readings and charting their ideas to finding and correcting errors in their own writing. Workshop chapters in Part 2 allow students to revisit and focus more deeply on skills they learn in Part 1’s walkthrough of the reading and writing process. They can continue to use these chapters as they work on themed reading units in which they read and write longer texts. Examples throughout the book draw from the thematic readings, demonstrating new skills through familiar material.
Thematically organized and class-tested readings cover fresh topics relevant to college learners including financial literacy, curiosity and learning, fame and celebrities, and public art. All of the readings are class-tested by the authors themselves and selected for their ability to engage students and inspire deeper thinking and better writing. Reading selections are drawn from a wide range of sources across disciplines including psychology, business, sociology, marketing, art, and education. Each unit includes pre- and post-reading activities for each selection and writing assignments on the unit theme.
Friendly and relatable yet respectful tone spurs students on to greater achievement while acknowledging the challenges and concerns of today’s college learners.