Successful College Writing And Writing Arguments

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Successful College Writing and Writing Arguments are both textbooks I’ve had to spend a lot of time reading over the course of my college adventure thus far. Some things that I’ve never given a lot of thought to in regards to textbooks are questions like “Why did they put that there?”, or “Why did they choose that font, color or layout?” It is easy as a student to take for granted the thought and planning that goes into a textbook that will aid you over the course of your learning experience. In my writings, I would like to explore the two books from cover to end and take a look at the table of contents along with preface, chapter layouts, colors, fonts and images/graphics/charts used within the books comparing them against each…show more content…
This textbook has a very soft, pastel yellow background. The title is a smaller, sans-serif, cornflower blue font. About ¾ of the book cover is covered by an image that looks much like a patchwork quilt and can give people a warm fuzzy feeling as it may remind them of grandma’s house. The cover of this book is warm and inviting telling you to come right in and see what writing is all about. In Writing Arguments, the reader is taken directly to the table of contents and as I mentioned before, there is no playing about, the writers intend to get down to business right away. This is the opposite of Successful College Writing. This textbook plunges into the preface immediately. Its writer wants her readers to know the changes she’s made to the textbook as well as the new additions. Each section is headed by a word bubble with a lime green outline making transitions between topics very apparent. Writing Arguments deals with the topic transitions a bit differently, simply utilizing large bold font as each topic’s header. Again, Writing Arguments comes across as serious and business-like while Successful College Writing seems more playful and engaging. One thing both textbooks do in the body of the preface (and the rest of the book with few exceptions) is use a serif font, between 10-12 point sizes. According to Writing Arguments, serif fonts are “Easy to read; good for long documents, good for body
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