INTRODUCTION TO YOUR
Elizabeth Phillips, Ph.D.
Highlights from the Text
Patterns for College Writing
“Reading is a two-way street” (1).
We all have our own ideas as writers and as
Class, gender, and race are all factors that can
affect how we read, write, and understand (1).
Pay attention to pre-reading material:
headnote and background (2).
Consider the subject, the main point, purpose,
audience, assumptions, consistency of ideas,
biases, logic, your own knowledge, and your
own experience (2).
Highlighting and Annotating
Highlight points of interest (3)
Annotate or “carry on a conversation
with the text” (3).
Comprehension: How do you understand the
Purpose and Audience: Is the text attentive to
Style and Structure: What choices has the
author made and are they effective?
Areas of Discussion
Drafting and Revising
Think about purpose?
Who is your audience?
What is the occasion?
What do you bring to your subject? (18-19).
Making an Informal Outline (23-29)
“A thesis is the main idea of your essay; its
central point” (30).
“The concept of thesis and support—stating
your thesis and developing ideas that explain
and expand it—is central to college …