Fusion: Integrated Reading and Writing, Book 1,
2nd Edition

Dave Kemper, Verne Meyer, John Van Rys, Patrick Sebranek

ISBN-13: 9781305103733 | ISBN-10: 1305103734

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 560 pages

List Price USD $109.95


FUSION: INTEGRATED READING AND WRITING: Book 1 is a developmental English book for reading and writing at the paragraph level. It connects the reading and writing processes so that they are fully reciprocal and reinforcing, using parallel strategies that guide users in analyzing reading to generate writing. FUSION teaches critical reading strategies in conjunction with the shared writing traits, such as main idea, details, and organization, and teaches the types of writing (including the basics of research) that students will encounter in their future courses. Grammar instruction is integrated in authentic writing, using high-interest professional and student models.

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Meet the Authors

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Dave Kemper has been a contributing partner with Write Source since 1986. He has co-authored FUSION 1, FUSION 2, WRITE 1 SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS, WRITE 2 PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS, and the complete line of Write Source handbooks and writing texts. In addition to his editorial work, Kemper has presented at national writing conventions and conducted writing workshops across the country. Prior to his work with Write Source, Kemper taught literature and writing for 11 years.

Dr. Verne Meyer is an educator and businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition, for fifteen years, he taught dramatic literature, theater history, and composition at Dordt University in Iowa. In 1977, partnering with Mr. Sebranek, Dr. Meyer co-founded Write Source Educational Publishing House, now a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental. Dr. Meyer earned his B.A. from Calvin College, his M.A. from Marquette University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In addition to this text, he has co-authored a number of texts for college students, including THE COLLEGE WRITER'S HANDBOOK, COMP, THE BUSINESS WRITER, and WRITE FOR WORK. To meet the needs of students in grades 8 through 12, he has co-authored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. Dr. Meyer's publications for businesspeople include WRITE FOR BUSINESS and EFFECTIVE EMAIL MADE EZ. Dr. Meyer is currently a contributing editor for Write Source and UpWrite Press. He is also a featured speaker in the School Improvement Network's instructional videos, Writing Across the Curriculum.

Dr. John Van Rys has taught composition, business writing, creative writing, and literature to college students for more than 30 years. He began his teaching career at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, before moving to Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 2005. He earned his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from Dalhousie University. Today, Dr. Van Rys pursues scholarly work in Canadian literature, while also writing fiction and poetry. For more than 20 years, he has worked on writing-across-the-curriculum theory and practice, on connections between workplace and academic writing. He has also pursued strategies for strengthening varied literacies in students, from reading and research to visual literacy. Dr. Van Rys has applied his expertise, co-authoring various writing handbooks for students, from middle school to college. He has also co-authored an award-winning business-writing handbook for workplace professionals, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, with UpWrite Press.

Patrick Sebranek (M.A. University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse) taught English, speech, and multimedia classes for 16 years at Union Grove High School in Wisconsin. During that time, he served as the English department chair and worked on several district-wide projects, including a writing-across-the-curriculum program and a K-12 writing sequence. He has studied the works of James Moffett, Ken Macrorie, Linda Reif, Nancie Atwell, and many other contemporary educators dealing with writing and learning. Mr. Sebranek is an author and editorial director for the Write Source Educational Publishing House and works closely with teachers and educators on all new and revised handbooks and sourcebooks.

  • A new Chapter 3 “Using Reading and Writing Strategies” details common strategies reading and writing require, such as identifying parts of a textbook and chapter elements, annotating, note taking, and summarizing.
  • Throughout the text, assignments are focused on paragraph-level to ensure that students are building strong foundational reading and writing skills. In the end-of-chapter Enrichment activities, students have the opportunity to challenge themselves and strengthen their skill set with essay-level practice.
  • The Table of Contents has been restructured to better model the circuitous relationship between reading and writing, based on feedback from instructors who are teaching integrated reading and writing courses.
  • A new Chapter 4 “Improving Vocabulary” helps students to understand how building a strong vocabulary makes better readers and writers. Using a dictionary, context clues, and word parts to determine unknown word’s meanings, followed by strategies for how to study vocabulary will help students to widen their vocabularies in preparation for college courses.
  • A new Chapter 2, “Approaches to Reading and Writing,” sets the stage for the reading and writing integration that is applied throughout the book. Now more streamlined, this chapter introduces students to the similarities within the reading and writing processes along with detailed walkthroughs of the processes with models.
  • Integrated reading and writing guidance in every chapter: FUSION's integrated approach is reciprocal and reinforcing. Parallel reading and writing strategies are introduced in Chapter 1, “The Reading-Writing Connection,” Chapter 2, “Approaches to Reading and Writing,” and Chapter 3, “Using Reading and Writing Strategies.”
  • Brief, approachable learning units: Every chapter has several assignments with a clear learning objective and a clear stopping point. This purposeful design allows students to stay focused.
  • Grammar instruction throughout the book: FUSION integrates relevant grammar coverage in the context of students' reading and writing assignments. Additional practice and instruction appears in the book's “Workshop” sections.
  • Guided practice: “Review and Enrichment” sections allow students to immediately practice reading and writing skills as they are introduced. “Reading and Reacting” reading samples now provide more background information, prereading questions, vocabulary questions, and prompts for critical thinking.
  • Pedagogy that emphasizes critical thinking and vocabulary: Purposeful use of learning aids, such as “Consider the Traits” boxes, thought-provoking quotes followed by a “What do you think?” question, and integrated critical thinking activities, reinforces key concepts, promotes skill development, and encourages students to think analytically. Challenging words are defined on-page, and integrated vocabulary exercises provide students practice in defining words.

Table of Contents

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1. The Reading-Writing Connection.
2. Approaches to Reading and Writing.
3. Using Reading and Writing Strategies.
4. Improving Vocabulary.
5. Critical Thinking and Viewing.
6. Ideas.
7. Organization.
8. Voice.
9. Reading and Writing Essays.
10. Reading and Writing Narratives.
11. Reading and Writing Expository Texts.
12. Reading and Writing Arguments.
13. Conducting Research.
14. Sentence Basics.
15. Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences.
16. Agreement.
17. Sentence Problems.
18. Noun.
19. Pronoun.
20. Verb.
21. Adjective and Adverb.
22. Conjunction and Preposition.
23. Capitalization.
24. Comma.
25. Quotation Marks and Italics.
26. Other Punctuation.

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