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Higher Education


Eric Henderson

The Active Reader: Strategies for Academic Reading and Writing
ISBN 13: 9780195425154

About the Book

The Active Reader is a reader with an associated apparatus, a rhetoric, designed to provide students with a practical, integrated approach to reading and writing at the post-secondary level. The book is divided into three sections. It begins with a rhetoric that explores Academic Reading, then moves on to a section on Academic Writing, with a focus on different kinds of essays and essay writing, particularly the academic, research essay. The final section comtains readings, organized into five thematic sections, each of which includes diverse and cross-disciplinary topics.

  • Essays chosen specifically for their currency and relevance to students' lives, designed to stimulate student interest in practical, usable ways. Most of the essays are less than 5 years old
  • Suggested activities for individual essays will be designed to initiate class discussions and to encourage students to work collaboratively as well as individually.
  • Readings are diverse and cross-disciplinary but they all focus on problems and/or solutions applicable to today's world, thereby encouraging an active and engaged approach to reading and writing.
  • Within problem-solving framework, a variety of rhetorical patterns are illustrated enabling instructors to use a more traditional rhetoric al approach if they choose 2/3 of the readings are Canadian
  • 'The Active Voice' is a feature in which experts offer their perspectives on particular issues or writing points throughout the text. These are designed to speak directly to the student
  • Rhetoric and handbook section is integrated with the essay section as all of their examples will be drawn from the essays. Students get reinforcement of all the principles outlined in the first two sections as they work through the essays.

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