Introduction to the Text

Putting the Pieces Together: Writing for SuccessPutting the Pieces Together: Reason and Writing for Success is a text that provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition.

Beginning with the sentence and its essential elements, this book addresses each concept with clear, concise, and effective examples that are immediately reinforced with exercises and opportunities to demonstrate and reinforce learning.

Each unit allows students to demonstrate mastery of the principles of quality writing. With its incremental approach, it can address a range of writing levels and abilities, helping each student in your course prepare for their next writing or university course. Examples and exercises constantly reinforce learning. The text involves students in the learning process through reading, problem-solving, practicing, listening, and experiencing the writing process.

Each chapter also has integrated examples that unify the discussion and form a common, easy-to-understand basis for discussion and exploration. This will put students at ease, and allow for greater absorption of the material.

Every chapter includes tips for effective writing, as well. Thought-provoking scenarios provide challenges and opportunities for collaboration and interaction. These exercises are especially helpful if group work is incorporated when teaching WRIT. Clear exercises teach sentence and paragraph writing skills that lead to common English composition and research essays.

In addition,  many chapters also contain a section entitled, “Connecting the Pieces: Writing at Work” whereby aspects of academic and essay writing are highlighted in order to demonstrate their application to professional and work-related communication skills.


Exercises are integrated in each segment. Each concept is immediately reinforced as soon as it is introduced to keep students on track.

Exercises are designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration. This allows for peer-to-peer engagement, development of interpersonal skills, and promotion of critical thinking skills.

Exercises that involve self-editing and collaborative writing are featured. This feature develops and promotes student interest in the areas and content.

There are clear internal summaries and effective displays of information. This contributes to ease of access to information and increases the ability of your students to locate desired content.

Rule explanations are simplified with clear, relevant, and theme-based examples. This feature provides context that will facilitate learning and increase knowledge retention.

There is an obvious structure to the Unit  and chapter levels. Because the text order is based on the sections of  the WRIT curriculum rubric for instruction, this allows for easy adaptation to your existing and changing course needs or assessment outcomes.


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