Speaking of Writing introduces students to the kind of writing they will need to do in college. The book follows four first-year students as they address drafting and revision, making and supporting claims, developing arguments and analyses, using and responding to sources, writing research papers, and creating presentations. Fully illustrated throughout, the book shows students from different backgrounds grappling with diverse assignments, limited time, and mysterious expectations.
The student characters present honest narratives about real academic challenges: How can I focus my thesis? How do I manage my research time? Why is this essay’s argument weak and how do I make it stronger? Their experiences provide concrete, realistic examples of the challenges students face when approaching assignments—and the practical ways in which planning, revision, instructor feedback, peer discussion, and careful research can help them to succeed. This book teaches and models college writing, but it focuses on what students bring to the table: their knowledge, their experience, their voice, and their point of view.