The book called “Oregon Writes Open Writing Text” was written by Jenn Kepka in 2018. The book touches upon the topic of the writing process, critical reading, and citing rules for college students. The book is a handful for people who are interested in gaining academic writing skills. Oregon Writes is a collection of different previously published scientific articles and consists of five main parts.
The first part of the book is devoted to discussing rhetorical analysis and helpful tips for college students. The author emphasizes that the preliminary analysis of the assignment is essential to writing a decent paper (Kepka, 2018). Kepka also provides the reader with the opportunity to learn about rhetorical analysis and the various spheres of its implications. In the second part of the book, the author describes the core principles of successful writing. The author highlights the importance of an adequately formulated thesis statement and points out that the main reasons and arguments should support the paper’s main idea. Kepka claims that “a good thesis is non-obvious and arguable” (Kepka, 2018, p. 46). This part of the book also focuses on paper planning, which should always reflect the idea outlined in the thesis statements.
The third part of the book deals with discussing the strategies to conduct proper scientific research and gather relevant to the required topic information. The author, discussing the rules of good, summarizing emphasizes that the sources’ data should be cited and paraphrased appropriately (Kepka, 2018). Kepka describes the steps of the research investigation, including all types of information and critical analysis of the findings. In the fourth part of the book, the author emphasizes the role of rhetorical modes in academic writing. The author focuses on discussing the peculiar features of different types of assignments, highlighting the purpose as the distinctive feature of each essay type (Kepka, 2018). In the last part of the book, the author states the importance of critical reading skills. Kepka believes that any text “contains its own, pre-determined meaning” and requires the reader to work hard and analyze it critically to understand the author’s intention (Kepka, 2018, p. 209). At the end of the book, the author claims that successful academic writing skills require critical reading knowledge.
Kepka, J. (2018). Oregon writes open writing text. Open Oregon Educational Resources.