FUSION: INTEGRATED READING AND WRITING, Book 2 connects the reading and writing processes, showing how they reinforce one another. By reading high-interest professional and student writing models, you'll learn the vital reading skills to comprehend college-level content. The book will also show you how these skills will help you produce the kinds of thoughtful writing assignments expected of you in your future courses.
Part I: READING AND WRITING FOR SUCCESS.
1. The Reading-Writing Connection.
2. Approaches to Reading and Writing.
3. Critical Thinking and Viewing.
Part II: READING AND WRITING ESSAYS.
Part III: TYPES OF READING AND WRITING.
8. Reading and Writing Narratives Texts.
9. Reading and Writing Expository Texts.
10. Reading and Writing Arguments.
Part IV: RESEARCH.
11. Understanding Research.
12. Research Report.
Part V: SENTENCE WORKSHOPS.
13. Sentence Basics.
14. Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences.
16. Sentence Problems.
Part VI: WORD WORKSHOPS.
20. Adjective and Adverb.
21. Conjunction and Preposition.
Part VII: PUNCTUATION AND MECHANICS WORKSHOPS.
24. Quotation Marks and Italics.
25. Other Punctuation.
Part VIII: READINGS FOR WRITING.
John Van Rys
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.
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.
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.
Practice exercises: New and revised practice exercises help students better apply the learned skills. The exercises offer more focused, integrated practice.
Updated readings: Topical, high-interest readings appear throughout the book. The anthology includes contemporary articles and essays to help provoke thoughtful discussion and writing assignments. Many in-chapter readings have also been refreshed to include shorter pieces with more current topics and themes.
Focus on vocabulary: While challenging words are defined, integrated vocabulary prompts in the "Reading for Enrichment" sections encourage students to practice defining words. Working in conjunction with Chapter 2's coverage of using a dictionary, content clues, and word parts, the new sections provide more in-depth vocabulary practice throughout the book.
Purposeful presentation of content: The table of contents is designed to accelerate and support student progress by providing the integrated strategies, skills, and applications they need to be successful college readers and writers.
Integrated structure: Parallel reading and writing strategies are introduced in Chapter 1, "The Reading-Writing Connection," and reinforced throughout the text. Chapter 1 also introduces students to the five shared features of reading and writing assignments. The integrated guidance of FUSION allows students to recognize the reciprocal and reinforcing relationship between reading and writing.
Guided practice: "Review and Enrichment" sections allow students to immediately practice reading and writing skills as they are introduced. "Reading for Enrichment" activities provide background information on the reading, prereading questions, comprehension and vocabulary questions, critical thinking activities, and relevant writing prompts.
Grammar and punctuation instruction throughout the book: FUSION integrates relevant grammar and punctuation coverage in the context of students' reading and writing assignments. Additional practice and instruction appears in the book's "Workshop" sections, which include "Real-World Application" activities that provide contextualized, practical application of grammar and punctuation skills.
Readings for writers: Part VIII offers an anthology of readings that offer critical thinking, vocabulary, discussion, and writing opportunities. The readings vary in length, demonstrate different patterns of organization, and offer unique perspectives on timely topics.
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