Active Voices
Active Voices

Active Voices

Lead Author(s): Jeffrey Klausman

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Active Voices is written for today’s students, briefly presenting important concepts about functioning in the academy and particularly in the composition classroom. By articulating the specialized terminologies, processes, goals, and structures that guide a college education, students are invited into a world that can often be mysterious and frustrating. As David Bartholomae showed us years ago, students with little prior experience may end up inventing a university that does not match up with reality. Active Voices seeks to provide students the agency associated with that knowledge, preparing them to actively participate in their writing courses and beyond. And Active Voices is written for today’s instructors, who are knowledgeable and innovative in the ways they deliver their writing instruction.

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Active Voices is written in short, digestible chapters that only take about 15 minutes to read
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Active Voices is written to provide access to the context for good college writing and it’s organized to activate knowledge transfer

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Klausman, Active Voices

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

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Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Accessible on any device for lifetime access


Always up-to-date content

Content meets standard for freshman composition courses. Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content.

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Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook.

Available only with supplementary resources at additional cost.

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Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

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Assessment questions with feedback embedded throughout textbook

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat and Fountainhead Press

Klausman, Active Voices

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Accessible on any device for lifetime access

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

Always up-to-date content

Revised and updated with the latest content

Top Hat and Fountainhead Press

Klausman, Active Voices

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat and Fountainhead Press

Klausman, Active Voices

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat and Fountainhead Press

Klausman, Active Voices

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

Built-in Interactive Assessment Questions

Assessment questions with feedback embedded throughout textbook

Top Hat and Fountainhead Press

Klausman, Active Voices

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat and Fountainhead Press

Klausman, Active Voices

Norton

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Fourth Edition by Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff

About this textbook

Textbook Details

Active Voices supports the efficacy of writing instruction and helps students move from passive recipients of information to active learners through real-time classroom discussion using student devices such as cell phones. This program is comprised of brief chapters and more than 45 academic concepts. Access points are included throughout the online learning platform, allowing for student reflection, feedback, and the ability to activate prior knowledge in new academic contexts. Action Points prompt student application of chapter concepts via in-class activities, fieldwork, or research. This interactive program provides an accessible learning environment with real-world stories of students.

Lead Author

Jeffrey Klausman

Jeffrey has published numerous articles in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, including a feature article in the latest issue titled “The Two-Year College Writing Program and Academic Freedom: Labor, Scholarship, and Compassion,” and he has chapters in a number of edited anthologies, including Eleven Teachers Teaching, edited by Patrick Sullivan and forthcoming from Utah State University Press, Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition (2017), edited by Seth Kahn, William B. Lalicker, and Amy Lynch-Biniek (co-authored with Amanda Hoppe and Desiree Holter) and A Critical Look at Institutional Mission: A Guide for Writing Program Administrators, edited by Joe Janangelo (2016 Parlor Press).

Jeffrey has also co-authored the latest two TYCA White Papers, on placement reform and on developmental education reform. His research focuses on program development and social justice, in particular how programs can be developed inclusively to serve both the majority of two-year college students, among whom are large numbers of systemically non-dominant students, and the majority of college faculty, who teach off the tenure track.

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