User-friendly and non-threatening, this book gives readers materials and assignments they may need to read/write successfully. Its unique approach parallels the "life flow" from childhood to old age, reflecting the way reading and writing are used in life. Includes short, helpful examples of reading and writing. Uses relevant example formats like e-mail correspondence and magazine articles that deal with topics of interest to basic writers. Provides brief examples of different types of reading, including informal letters to relatively dense text. Offers tips on appropriate dictionary use. For anyone interested in improving their written communication skills.