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Decent Writing Textbook That Emphasizes the Revision Process,
This review is from: Call to Write, The (hardcover) (4th Edition) (Hardcover)
I used THE CALL TO WRITE as supplementary material for an upper-class high school writing class. The book is aimed at helping students learn "real world" writing: letters, memos, memoirs, public documents, profiles, reports, commentaries, proposals, reviews, etc. The book provides examples of the different types of writing being discussed along with lots of useful information about what makes a piece of writing in a particular "genre" good.
THE CALL TO WRITE is not intended to be a book that is read for fun. It's a writing textbook for "real life" writing. As far as writing textbooks like this go, there's not a whole lot that stands out to separate it from other writing textbooks other than the illustrations and the emphasis on revision. To break up some of the more monotonous parts of the book, the book includes a variety of pictures and illustrations, such as old-time photographs or the covers of unusual magazines and comics, that enliven the text.
When I was teaching writing, I had a difficult time getting across to students the importance of revision. Good writers revise their writing. Some have to write it out constantly, others do it through visuals, some are able to do it in their minds while talking aloud. However they do it, good writers revise constantly. THE CALL TO WRITE does a good job of emphasizing, in a way students should be able to comprehend, how important revising is.
The textbook is geared towards entry level writing classes, but can also be used as a supplement for upper-class high school writing classes.