Once you are familiar with a textbook's layout, it's time to take a closer look into the contents.
For this exercise you are to review at least three other college-level textbooks. These textbooks may be supplied by your teacher; or you may find these books in your school or public library; or as a last choice, you may review the following open source textbooks:
- Anatomy and Physiology of Animals, from the Wikibooks Project
- Calculus, from the Free Digital Textbook Initiative
- Introduction to Paleoanthropology, from the Wikibooks Project
- Organic Chemistry, from the Chemwiki project at the University of California, Davis
- Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing from Parlor Press and Creative Commons
Because you are likely to use both hardcopy and digital textbooks in college, select one of each type, if available. Also, choose subject matter you find intriguing and which provides a level of difficulty that is challenging but not insurmountable.
After browsing at least three (3) college-level textbooks (high school textbooks should not be used), select one textbook to explore further.
For your selected textbook, investigate the textbook's contents by completing the Exploring a College Textbook worksheet. This worksheet is provided below as an interactive PDF form:
Exploring a College Textbook
- Complete the worksheet and submit to your teacher for review and feedback. If you are completing this CRA on your own, ask a mentor to review your completed worksheet.