Writing Assignment

  1. Based on your responses and feedback to the worksheet Exploring a College Textbook, write a two-page analysis of the textbook you selected. Address the following questions in your analysis:

    • How do the different features of the textbook work together to convey information?
    • What strategies would you recommend to a reader who wishes to understand and review information contained in this textbook?
    • If you have any suggestions for how the authors of the textbook might improve its structure, organization, or means of presenting information in a future edition, feel free to include them in your analysis.
  2. In addition to the essay, select one content page of the textbook – preferably a page that includes a graphic or other visual as well as written text. Write an additional paragraph in which you synthesize and summarize information presented on that page. You should not simply copy from any summaries already provided by the textbook's authors.
  3. Once complete, submit the essay and summary paragraph to your teacher for review and feedback. If you are completing this CRA on your own, ask a mentor to review your essay and paragragh.

Writing Resources

The following resources are student handouts used by the Department of Rhetoric and Writing and the Undergraduate Writing Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Writing Process

Writing Process

College Writing Myths

Where Do Sentences Come From?

Creating a Strong Thesis


Clarity and concision

Exercises to practice clarity and concision

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides an extensive online repository for writing resources. The OWL houses helpful guides on grammar, style, mechanics, research, and citation.