Critical Skills for Academic Writers

Think About It was written to show students, in the cleanest terms possible, the most valued and usable intellectual moves in academic life. The chapters feature a range of famous writers (from bell hooks to David Foster Wallace) performing precise moves such as busting up a duality or denying a usual association.

The book also features a section of sample essays that were written by teachers across the country—faculty members, professors, and instructors who were asked to make the moves they value, that they want to see in their own students’ work. Finally, the book gives students a range of structural tools for mapping their own projects—for tracing and charting their own work.