Our times demand that we understand what we read,that we think critically about others' ideas,argue effectively in support of our own,and be able to systematically go through the wealth of available information and ideas,rejecting what is unreliable and synthesizing the useful with what we already know and understand. Read,Reason,Write combines instruction in critical thinking and analysis,argument,and research techniques with a collection of readings appropriate for practicing these necessary skills. In addition to its ample instruction and opportunities for practice,it also shows students the interrelatedness of reading,analytic,argumentative,and research skills.
Dorothy U. Seyler is professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, Dr. Seyler holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and the State University of New York at Albany. She taught at Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky, and Nassau Community College before moving with her family to Northern Virginia.
She has coauthored Introduction to Literature and Language Power, both in second editions, and is the author of The Writer's Stance, Patterns of Reflection, in its third edition, The Reading Context, Steps to College Reading, Understanding Argument, and Read, Reason, Write, currently in its fifth edition and Doing Research, currently in its second edition. In addition, Professor Seyler has published articles in professional journals and popular magazines. She enjoys tennis, golf, and traveling, as well as writing about all three.