· Crossroads uses a process approach to reading and writing which means students learn dozens of strategies for solving reading and writing problems. While there is no single process that is guaranteed to make students better readers and writers, there are steps that can be followed, rearranged, and repeated to help all writers and readers improve their skills.
· The College Experience. A process approach prepares students for successful learning in college classes because it more closely approximates what they will be doing in that experience. In a process approach, the skills of reading and writing are taught in the context of reading and writing whole, college-level texts. Students not only learn the sub-skills of reading writing, but when and where to use them.
· Consistent Referencing. The similarities between the process approaches for reading and writing are consistently highlighted throughout the book in such features as chapter overviews, highlighted boxes within the chapters, and the organization of readings around themes to help students see the importance of background information. These elements emphasize not just the reading and writing connection, but the relationship between the processes of reading and writing.
· The Reading-Writing Processes for Varying Purposes.
· Theme-based Contextualization.
· Challenging and Longer Reading Selections.
· The authors emphasize supporting evidence that college students encounter when reading texts and writing papers: narrative evidence and informational evidence.
· The reading and writing processes are examined in “micro-processes”: students see the processes broken out first into phases, and then as steps within the phases.
· Casebooks include related readings that illustrate the two types of support as well as supply content for students’ own paragraphs and essays.
· Goal Oriented. The goal of Crossroads is to help students see organizational structure as driven by supporting ideas; students should search for what they want and need to say, and then they should determine an appropriate organizational structure that fits this content.
· Warm Ups. Each casebook and chapter opens with a photo and related activity designed to help students start thinking about the chapter topics and connect them to their prior experiences. These activities can be completed in the Crossroads 2e, book-specific version of MySkillsLab.
· Information Literacy Boxes.
· Critical Thinking Boxes.· Demonstrations