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Paragraphs and Essays: With Integrated Readings [Paperback]

Lee Brandon , Kelly Brandon
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January 1, 2010 0495801801 978-0495801801 11
PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS is the higher-level companion to SENTENCES, PARAGRAPHS, AND BEYOND in the popular two-book Brandon series. Written in an informal, engaging tone, this easy-to-use text takes students through all the stages of the writing process as they transition from simple to complex writing assignments. Sample student paragraphs and essays with stages exemplify the patterns of writing, while clear reading instruction offers students the opportunity to analyze readings and to practice the reading-based writing required in academic environments. Students master common writing patterns while learning to use textbooks as a springboard for their own writing in the form of summary, reaction, or response. Seventy-one high-interest, distinctive readings are integrated throughout the Eleventh Edition for analysis and as models of good writing. Clear, explicit writing prompts support each reading and focus on reading-based, cross-curricular, career-related, and general topics. In addition, the photo/art program promotes critical thinking, lively discussion, and analytical writing. The text is flexible in its format, allowing instructors to begin at any stage of instruction and to emphasize the paragraph or the essay, or to mix 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."

About 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 11 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495801801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495801801
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars paragraphs and essays October 3, 2010
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A very good book for learning writing . Very helpful for those who have been out of school for sometime and are going back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just As Described October 3, 2013
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Needed to rent this book for the semester. Very fortunate to find this book as it was always selling out. It's exactly as described. Will be renting again from this seller next semester
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4.0 out of 5 stars Felt like English for kids April 17, 2013
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The book was in condition, it had writing in it, but not too much. The book itself explains English as if you are still in the sixth grade. It is jammed with fill in the blank and other activities. A bit boring, but a good refresher class.
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