The Simon & Schuster Guide to Writing won great acclaim in its first edition for its full integration of reading and writing instruction. Each chapter includes reading selections, assignments, and instruction that reinforce the writing instruction and assignments. These assignments provide students with a wide range of writing and reading opportunities that are personal, public, pragmatic, and aesthetic. Instruction in each chapter focuses on important concepts such as purpose and audience, modes of development, and thesis/support. The readings reflect a balance of female and male authors as well as diverse ethnic backgrounds.