Authorship Made Easy – Page 5

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

Post-Instructional Content Features for Comprehension, Applications, and Synthesis

  • Formal conclusions or summaries
  • Comprehension questions and exercises
  • Discussion questions
  • Reflection questions
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Case studies
  • Experiments
  • Projects (short or long term)
  • Field work assignments

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

Visual Features

  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Photographs
  • Line drawings
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Icons that indicate a type of activity
  • Icons that refer students to your Cognella Active Learning portal
  • Icons that refer students to an external resource (such as QR codes that link to playlists or websites)

These might be used at any point in the chapter.

Wrapping Up Phase I:

At this point, you have completed the following tasks:

  • You have clearly articulated your audience and purpose.
  • You have looked at two or three competing texts to identify topics that should definitely be included in your book.
  • You have developed on outline, used a graphic organizer, or taken basic notes on topics, so you have a clear idea of the general content and chapters of your book.
  • You have selected the features that will be included in each chapter of your book.

If you are developing an anthology, you should also have a fairly complete selection of readings indicated in a reading log.

The pre-writing phase is finished. It’s time to begin writing your content.