The Flat World Knowledge Handbook for Writers is based on the understanding that writing is at the center of the college experience, not just something students do on their way to “higher-level” coursework. The Flat World Knowledge Handbook for Writers supports the goal of acculturating entering students to the demands of college-level thinking and writing, whether that goal is being met through coursework in Composition, Student Development, or some combination of the two. Miles shows students how to use writing as a portal for thinking and learning and for communicating with the world. Its writing prompts and exercises encourage students to do a great deal of low-stakes, exploratory writing, but also to experience gradually the rhetorical considerations of going public in a variety of genres and media. Through it all, students are asked to reflect on their writing, exploring precisely how it functions depending on the rhetorical considerations of their voice, audience and purpose. The Flat World Knowledge Handbook for Writers is both a guide to college-level writing and thinking and a comprehensive college-level writing handbook. In Part 1, students will identify and develop habits of mind they can use for success in college and life, and in Parts 2-4 and the Appendices, they will find the tools they need to become better and more polished writers."
Type of Material:
Textbook for college Freshman English and for reference for writing for additional classes.
Cost on 10/16/2017
Online Access [Required] $29.95
Online Access [Required] + Ebook Downloads $49.95
Online Access [Required] + Color Textbook $54.95
Online Access [Required] + Ebook Downloads + Color Textbook $74.95
Textbook for class
No special needs--- basic computer.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Basic freshman composition. The textbook goes beyond the basics and serves as an introduction to college learning skills as well as the necessary English rhetorical skills.
Target Student Population:
First-year college and should be kept to be used as a reference for later classes.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None --- basic high school background and basic computer skills.
Ability to rearrange and customize text by the instructor. The chapters can be rearranged and materials may be included from other Flat World texts. The write to learn option will really help the student to move up to college level work.
Increased cost to students; however, at the price it is still a good price for a college text. Not sure that students are able to do as well reading on their phones.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Good materials it covers the spectrum of the introduction to college writing and college skill needs as well.
Cost of the has increased, and there is no longer the option to use the ebook for free, so there is always the fear that students have a false sense of economics and will try to get along without a textbook.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Addresses students directly, helps students to have a better understanding of college, It is an open text. He explains how to use research materials. He helps them understand what they are looking at and how to move up to college-level work. Good basic level information to prepare student for college level work.
Would be helpful for instructor projecting computer pages. Links open in a new window, so it is easy for instructor (and student) to go back and forth.
Good basic skills and information provided, but it still has to be read. Basic concern of students trying to use their phone to read text.
Other Issues and Comments:
It is kept updated and looks helpful for students. Cannot be used as a support by instructor without purchase for a class.
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