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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 students 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.
- 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 Part 8, “Readings for Writing,” offers an additional anthology of readings that can be used to foster critical thinking, discussion, and various writing opportunities. Designed to engage students' interest in a variety of topics, the anthology provides flexibility to assign more practice of reading and writing skills.
- MindTap™ is a fully online, customizable learning experience built upon the text's content. MindTap combines readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Diagnostic tests, succinct instruction, and engaging assignments powered by Aplia™ reinforce concepts and provide students with the practice they need to build fundamental reading, writing, and grammar skills.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 5 “Critical Thinking and Viewing” introduces students to the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy with strategies and examples and how they can apply the different levels of thinking to both their reading and writing.
- A new Part 2, “Reading and Writing Paragraphs,” brings additional emphasis to the integration of reading and writing. Chapters 6 thru 9 introduce students to the concepts common between reading and writing-ideas, organization, audience, purpose, and tone-and offer strategies for how to critically read for these traits, as well as how to craft them in students' own writing. Chapter 7 “Organization” focuses on the patterns of organization so students can learn the various ways paragraphs can be organized. Chapter 9 “Reading and Writing Essays” transitions students from reading and writing paragraphs into reading and writing essays with a side-by-side model comparison of how a paragraph can be expanded out into a longer essay. Writing assignments focus on paragraph writing.
- A new Part 3, “Types of Reading and Writing,” focuses on the kinds of reading and writing assignments students are likely to encounter in their future college courses. The book provides students with strategies for how to read and write narratives, expository texts, and arguments.
- A new Part 4 “Introduction to Research” provides students with the basics of conducting research, covering topics such as why research is included in writing, finding, evaluating, and citing sources, and the dangers of plagiarism.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Part II: READING AND WRITING PARAGRAPHS.
9. Reading and Writing Essays.
Part III: TYPES OF READING AND WRITING.
10. Reading and Writing Narratives.
11. Reading and Writing Expository Texts.
12. Reading and Writing Arguments.
Part IV: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH.
13. Conducting Research.
Part V: SENTENCE WORKSHOPS.
14. Sentence Basics.
15. Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences.
17. Sentence Problems.
Part VI: WORD WORKSHOPS.
21. Adjective and Adverb.
22. Conjunction and Preposition.
Part VII: PUNCTUATION AND MECHANICS WORKSHOPS.
25. Quotation Marks and Italics.
26. Other Punctuation.
Part VIII: READINGS FOR WRITING.
“As a reading professor, I appreciate how well FUSION walks students through the writing process in general, and for each writing pattern specifically. It scaffolds my teaching and helps me feel more confident as I move from teaching 'stand alone' reading classes to integrated reading and writing classes.”
“I selected FUSION after seeing an early version and noting that the opening approach was in reading, with several opportunities to write responses and open a solid foundation based on reading/comprehension as a process. I also experienced very dedicated support from my Cengage rep and others who worked with her and with us to make sure that our faculty had resources and information.”