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Overview

Now in its 12th Edition, this classic text offers comprehensive, proven instruction in developmental writing. Paragraphs and Essays: With Integrated Readings is the higher-level companion to Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond in the bestselling two-book Brandon series. Instruction in this text—comprehensive, flexible, and relevant—is predicated on the idea that reading and writing are linked and that good writing is the product of thoughtful and systematic revision. The hallmarks of the Brandons' books are tell-show-engage instruction, ample demonstrations of good professional and student writing, and an abundance of reading-based, high-interest general, cross-curricular, and career-related topics and prompts. Reading-based writing provides experience in critical thinking that enables students to write with insightful substance across the disciplines and transition smoothly to the next level of the English program. The Brandons' long-term commitment to relentless revision and rigorous editing is further expanded in this edition by the launching of the Brandon Guide for Revising and Editing, an acronym-centered method that students can use as they first write and then apply for quality control before submitting assignments. The Brandon Guide, in turn, is supported by the also-new Top 25 Editing Errors, a unit dedicated to eradicating, or at least minimizing, repeated problems in mechanics that bedevil students and appropriate too much time from instructors who are evaluating assignments.

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"Has excellent readings for all the rhetorical methods, and each rhetorical mode is developed well. The grammar section of the text is by far one of the most comprehensive sections, yet seems to be easily understood by most students. Paragraphs and Essays fulfills the goals and objectives to get to the next level without frightening the students."

"Has a greater variety of examples and types of topics than other texts I've used. I like the progression from reading the variety of professionally and student-written examples to the variety of topics for assignments."

"I think the reading-centered writing is very useful in providing form and techniques for the students. This approach helps the students create an awareness of using models of writing and putting their own style (voice) into a particular form. I believe that providing clear forms and models gives our students something concrete to build on."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133309994
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 324,864
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Brandon is the author of twelve college English textbooks with Cengage Learning, including the best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings, and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings and the highly successful At a Glance series. He has served as chair of the English Department at Mt. San Antonio College, where he taught for more than thirty years and occasionally still teaches. Few authors are as active in the promotion of their books as Lee Brandon, who regularly visits schools across the country and presents at professional conferences. Lee also has to his credit poems and short stories in magazines; songs recorded and in sheet music; a best-selling musical play for elementary school students (in print with Lorenz Music); a play produced by a college drama department; a published Ford Foundation grant project; a chapbook of ballads about his youth, Oklahoma, My Sweet Sorrow; a chapbook of ballads about his experience teaching for ten years in a high-security California women's prison, Butterflies on Barbwire; and newspaper articles about travel, adventures, and whimsical experiences.

Kelly Brandon is a partner in the father-son writing team for two best-selling series, SENTENCES, PARAGRAPHS, AND BEYOND WITH INTEGRATED READINGS and PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS WITH INTEGRATED READINGS, as well as the AT A GLANCE books. He is a tenured professor of English at Santa Ana College, where he has taught for twenty-four years. His B.A. is from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.A. is from the University of California at Santa Barbara. For recreation he does bodybuilding, backpacks, plays the clarinet, drives his fully restored 1953 yellow and white Chevrolet Bel Air, listens to music, and reads eclectically and voraciously.

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Table of Contents

Thematic Contents. Preface. Student Overview. The Flow of Writing: Icon and Theme. Practice with Principles. Strategies for Self-Improvement. Writing Process Worksheet. PART I: THE WRITING PROCESS. 1. The Writing Process: Stage One. Exploring / Experimenting / Gathering Information. The Writing Process Defined. The Writing Process Worksheet. The Assignment. Your Audience . Stage One Strategies. Freewriting. Brainstorming. Clustering. Gathering Information. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. 2. The Writing Process: Stage Two. Writing the Controlling Idea / Organizing and Developing Support. Defining the Controlling Idea. Writing the Controlling Idea as a Topic Sentence or Thesis. Organizing Support. Listing. Clustering. Outlining. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. 3. The Writing Process: Stage Three. Writing / Revising / Editing. Writing the First Draft. The Brandon Guide for Revising and Editing. Revising with CLUESS (pronounced clues). Coherence. Language. Unity. Emphasis. Support. Sentences. Editing with CGPS (pronounced see GPS). Capitalization. Grammar. Punctuation. Spelling. Twenty-Five Common Errors in Editing with a Practice Exercise. Student Demonstration of All Stages of the Writing Process. Using the Writing Process Worksheet. GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Editing and Revising. 4. Writing the Paragraph. The Paragraph Defined. Basic Paragraph Patterns. The Writing Process and the Paragraph. Student Demonstration of All Stages of the Writing Process. Writing Process Worksheet. Brandon Guide to Editing and Revising : Exercise 1. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. 5. Writing the Essay. The Essay Defined in Relation to the Developmental Paragraph. Leah, "Razor Wire Sweat Lodge." Special Paragraphs Within the Essay. Introductions. Conclusions. Student Demonstration of All Stages of the Writing Process. Writing Process Worksheet. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. PART II: LINKING READING AND WRITING. 6. Reading for Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Reading-Based Writing. The Writing Component. The Reading Component. Reading-Based Writing and Other Approaches in Writing. Reading Techniques. Underlining. Annotating. Outlining. Taking Notes. Reading-Based Writing Forms. Writing a Summary [Including Student Examples Without Formal Documentation]. Writing a Reaction [Including Student Examples Without Formal Documentation]. Writing a Two-Part Response [Including Student Examples Without Formal Documentation]. Kinds of Support for Reading-Based Writing. Basic Formal Documentation in Reading-Based Writing. Citations. Works Cited. Examples of Student Reading-Based Writing. Student Paragraph with Documentation. Student Essay with Documentation. Joseph Ponca, "'Listening to the Air' Guitar". Professional Essay with Applications. Professional Essay with Applications. Elizabeth Wong, "The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl". Journal Writing. Cross-Curricular and Career-Related Writing. Writer's Guidelines. PART III: WRITING PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS: INSTRUCTION, WITH INTEGRATED READING SELECTIONS. 7. Descriptive Narration: Moving Through Space and Time. Writing Descriptive Narration. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Narrative Patterns Practicing Descriptive Patterns. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraph. NEW: John Steinbeck, "Dark Day in the Dust Bowl," from The Grapes of Wrath. Essays. NEW: Alex Espinoza, "An American in Mexico". NEW: Dr. James N. Dillard, "A Doctor's Dilemma". Gina Greenlee, "No Tears for Frankie". Student Paragraphs, Essay, and Report. Chantra Shastri, "Yearning for Love". Mike Kavanagh, "The Drag" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. Adam Rensky, "Rituals as Comfort Food for the Soul". Career-Related Writing. Douglas Ross, "Incident Report of the Falling Shoppers". Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Descriptive Narration. 8. Exemplification: Writing with Examples. Writing Exemplification. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Patterns of Exemplification. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing Paragraph. NEW: Pierre Berton, "Everything for a Price". Essays. Adair Lara, "Who's Cheap?" NEW: Elizabeth Bernstein, "Bonds/On Relationships: How Facebook Ruins Friendships". Eric Gall, "Little Brother Is Watching". NEW: Luis Torres, "Dreaming Together on the Day of the Dead". Student Paragraph and Essays. Garabed Yegavian, "Traveling the World at Home". Lara Olivas, "Cheating Is Not Worth the Bother" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. Mason Arnold, "Grading a Professor's Writing". Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Exemplification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. Writer's Guidelines. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Exemplification. 9. Analysis by Division: Examining the Parts. Writing Analysis by Division. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraphs. Jerry Bratcher, "Golden Oldies". Leonard Engel, "The Zones of the Sea". Essay and Restaurant Review. John Gray, "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus". Judith Ortiz Cofer, "More". Restaurant Review. NEW: Will Brock, "Pick Up the Phone at Hamburger King". Student Paragraph and Essays. Samuels, "More Than Ordinary" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. Emmett Davis, "Elvis Presley, King of the Twentieth Century". Career-Related Writing. Roger Myers, "Air Traffic Control as a Career". Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Analysis by Division. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Analysis by Division. 10. Process Analysis: Writing About Doing. Writing Process Analysis. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Patterns of Process Analysis. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraphs. NEW: Del Turco, "Popping the Cork". Essays. NEW: Mike Anton, " About to do time? Meet your best pal; Real estate scammers and other first-timers get a crash course in prison survival from enterprising ex-cons.". Garrison Keillor, "Attitude". Career-Related Writing. C. Edward Good and William Fitzpatrick, "A Successful Interview". Larry Gardner, "A Summary of 'How Low-Balling Works on Your Mind'". Tina Sergio, "Doing a Flame Hair Tattoo" [with stages]. Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Process Analysis. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topic. GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Process Analysis. 11. Cause and Effect: Determining Reasons and Outcomes. Writing Cause and Effect. Finding Patterns in Photos. Patterns of Cause and Effect. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraphs. Anne Roiphe, "Why Marriages Fail". Marian Wright Edelman, "Family Heroes and Role Models". Short Story. Irwin Shaw, "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses". Views on Violence. Francis Flaherty, "The Ghetto Made Me Do It". Judy Scheindlin and Josh Getlin, "Enough Is Enough". Student Essay. Shandra Bryson (pseudonym), "From 'Kick Me' to 'Kiss Me'". Richard Blaylock, "The Classroom and Beyond" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing: Short Story Review. Gloria Mendez, "The Use of Self-Analysis". Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Cause and Effect. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Cause and Effect. 12. Classification: Establishing Groups. Writing Classification. Finding Patterns in Photos. Patterns of Classification. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraph. William M. Pride, Robert J. Hughes, and Jack R. Kapoor, "Styles of Leadership". Essays. Robert J. Trotter, "How Do I Love Thee?" Avi Friedman, "Living Environments". Mary Ann Hogan, "Why We Carp and Harp". Student Paragraph and Essay. Boris Belinsky, "Doctors Have Their Symptoms, Too" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. Joel Follette, "Community College Pressures". Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Classification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Classification. 13. Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and Differences. Writing Comparison and Contrast. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Patterns of Comparison and Contrast. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraphs. Sharon S. Brehm, "Blue as in Boy, Pink as in Girl". Richard Rodriguez, "Public and Private". Essays. Bharati Mukherjee, "Two Ways to Belong in America". Suzanne Britt, "Neat People vs. Sloppy People". Student Paragraph and Essays. Thung Tran, "Wives and Mothers in Vietnam and in America" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. Lydia Hsiao, "Struggling Against Silence". Career-Related Writing: Business Comparison and Contrast. NEW: LaDonna Stallard, "Is Nursing or Physical Therapy the Better Career for Me? Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Comparison and Contrast. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics . WRITER'S GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Comparison and Contrast. 14. Definition: Clarifying Terms. Writing Definition. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Patterns of Definition. Readings for Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Paragraph. Gregory Moorhead and Ricky W. Griffin, "Burnout" . Essays. NEW: Sheila Ferguson, "Soul Food at a Black American Family Reunion". NEW: Roy F. Baumeister and Brad J. Bushman, "Loving Narcissistic People, Who Love Themselves". Rose Del Castillo Guilbault, "Americanization Is Tough on 'Macho'". Christopher Grant, "Graffiti: Taking a Closer Look". Student Paragraph and Essay. Linda Wong, "Going Too Far" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. Vincent Sheahan, "My-graines". Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Definition. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topic. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. WRITER'S GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing. Pattern: Definition. 15. Argument: Writing to Persuade. Writing Argument. Finding Patterns in Photos. Practicing Patterns of Argument. Readings for Critical. Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. Essays. NEW: Shirlee Smith. Who raised the thugs in the 'hood? NEW: Jessica Pauline Ogilvie. "Pro-Con: Should Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered to 18?" Meghan Daum, "Shouldn't Men Have 'Choice' Too?". Student Paragraph, Essay, and Proposal. Student Paragraph with All Stages of the Writing Process. Angela DeSarro, "My Life to Live—or Not" [with stages]. Reading-Based Writing. NEW: Virginia Wilson, "A Two-Part Response to 'Why We Need a Draft' by CPL. Mark Finelli". Career-Related Writing: Proposal. Roberto Bentancourt, "Mandatory Tipping at BoBo's". Suggested Topics and Prompts for Writing Argument. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topic. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topic. GUIDELINES. Practicing the Brandon Guide for Revision and Editing.Pattern: Argument. PART IV: USING SOURCES. 16. Writing the Research Paper. The Research Paper Defined. Ten Steps to Writing a Research Paper. Step 1: Select a Topic. Step 2: Find Sources. Step 3: List Sources. Step 4: Take Notes. Step 5: Refine Your Thesis and Outline. Step 6: Write Your First Draft. Step 7: Revise Your First Draft. Step 8: Prepare Your Works Cited Section. Step 9: Write Your Final Draft. Step 10: Submit Required Materials. Essay. Michael Chung, "Zoos—An Endangered Species?". WRITER'S GUIDELINES. PART V: HANDBOOK. 17. Handbook: Writing Effective Sentences. Top 25 Errors in Editing: CGPS. Nine Exercises on the Top 25 Errors in Editing: A to I. Parts of Speech. Nouns. Pronouns. Verbs. Adjectives. Adverbs. Prepositions. Conjunctions. Interjections. Subjects and Verbs. Subjects. Verbs. Location of Subjects and Verbs. Kinds of Sentences. Clauses. Types of Sentences. Combining Sentences. Coordination: The Compound Sentence. Subordination: The Complex Sentence. Coordination and Subordination: The Compound-Complex Sentence. Other Ways to Combine Ideas. Omissions. Variety in Sentence Types, Order, Length, Beginnings . Correcting Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-Ons. Fragments. Splices and Run-Ons. Techniques for Spotting Problem Sentences. Verbs. Regular and Irregular Verbs. The Twelve Verb Tenses. Subject-Verb Agreement. Consistency in Tense. Active and Passive Voice. Strong Verbs. Subjunctive Mood. Pronoun Case. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Pronoun Reference. Adjectives and Adverbs. Selecting Adjectives and Adverbs. Comparative and Superlative Forms. Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers. Balancing Sentence Parts. Basic Principles of Parallelism. Signal Words. Combination Signal Words. Punctuation and Capitalization. End Punctuation. Commas. Semicolons. Quotation Marks. Punctuation with Quotation Marks. Italics. Dashes. Colons. Parentheses. Brackets. Apostrophes. Hyphens. Capitalization. Spelling. Spelling Tips. Frequently Misspelled Words. Confused Spelling and Confusing Words. Your Spell Checker. Avoiding Wordy Phrases. Brief Guide for ESL Students. Using Articles in Relation to Nouns. Sentence Patterns. Verb Endings. Idioms. More Suggestions for ESL Writers. Text Credits. Author/ Title Index. Subject Index. Thematic Contents. Especially for Combining Writing Patterns and Integrating Reading Selections. Size Up Bullies. "No Tears for Frankie". "Little Brother Is Watching". "The Ghetto Made Me Do It". "Enough Is Enough". "From 'Kick Me' to 'Kiss Me'". "Why We Carp and Harp". Check Out Gender. "Who's Cheap?". "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus". "Americanization Is Tough on 'Macho'". "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses". "Blue as in Boy, Pink as in Girl". "Shouldn't Men Have 'Choice' Too?". Consider Love and Marriage. "Yearning for Love". "Loving Narcissists, Who Love Themselves". "Why Marriages Fail". "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses". "How Do I Love Thee?". "Wives and Mothers in Vietnam and in America". Go to Work. "Air Traffic Control as a Career". "A Successful Interview". "How Low-Balling Works on Your Mind". "Doing a Flame Hair Tattoo". "The Classroom and Beyond". "Is Nursing or Physical Therapy the Better Career for Me?". "Styles of Leadership". "Doctors Have Their Symptoms, Too". "Burnout". Be Yourself. "The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl". "More". "Yearning for Love". "Americanization Is Tough on 'Macho'". "Elvis Presley, King of the Twentieth Century". "Attitude". "Family Heroes and Role Models". "Living Environments". "Public and Private". "Two Ways to Belong in America". "Soul Food and Black American Reunions".

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