Authorship Made Easy – Page 4

Authorship Made Easy By Susana Christie, Developmental Editor The Cognella Guide to Writing a Textbook

Now, what are some of the different features Cognella authors can include in their textbooks?

Note that your field or discipline plays a major role in determining the kinds of features that are most suitable for you book.

Pre-Instructional Content Features

  • Formal introductions to each chapter
  • Learning objectives
  • Learning outcomes
  • Key terms and concepts
  • Pre-reading questions
  • Predicting
  • Schema activation activities
  • Vignettes
  • Case scenarios

In an anthology, these features come before the selected readings.

Instructional Content Features

  • Text boxes within the content
  • Sidebars in the margins of the content
  • Comprehension questions or exercises scattered throughout the chapter
  • Reflection opportunities
  • Vignettes
  • Case scenarios
  • Notetaking opportunities
  • Tips and/or strategies
  • Info-nuggets
  • Calls to action (Try This Now!)
  • Icons that allow for cross-referencing between chapters

In an anthology, these are the selected readings. The readings themselves cannot be modified in any way, but it may be possible to use sidebars to include additional content. The Cognella licensing team can provide detailed guidance about any provisions regarding readings you have chosen.