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Along These Lines is designed to better prepare developmental writing students for their next writing courses by offering constant reinforcement of the writing process. Filled with exercises and activities both individual and collaborative, this text involves students in the process of learning to write through reading, listening, practicing, and experiencing. The text begins with the principles of grammar and progresses to the writing process for a paragraph. It includes a chapter on Writing from Reading, provides tips for writing answers to essay exam questions, and has topical, thought-provoking readings to engage students' interest.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Sentence-Level Skill

1. The Simple Sentence

2. Beyond the Simple Sentence: Coordination

3. Avoiding Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices

4. Beyond the Simple Sentence: Subordination

5. Combining Sentences: A Review of Your Options

6. Avoiding Sentence Fragments

7. Using Parallelism in Sentences

8. Using Adjectives and Adverbs

9. Correcting Problems with Modifiers

10. Verbs: The Four Main Verbs

11. More on Verb Tenses

12. Verbs: Consistency and Voice

13. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree

14. Using Pronouns Correctly: Agreement and Reference

15. Using Pronouns Correctly: Consistency and Case

16. Punctuation

17. Spelling

18. Words that Sound Alike/Look Alike

19. Using Prepositions Correctly

Part II: Writing in Steps: The Process Approach

20. Writing a Paragraph: Pre-writing-Generating Ideas

21. Writing a Paragraph: Planning-Devising a Draft

22. Writing a Paragraph: Drafting-Writing and Revising the Drafts

23. Writing a Paragraph: Polishing and Proofreading

24. Writing a Narrative Paragraph

25. Writing a Descriptive Paragraph

26. Writing an Illustration Paragraph

27. Writing a Process Paragraph

28. Moving from Paragraphs to Essays

29. Writing from Reading

Appendix A: Reading Selections to Accompany the Writing Chapters

Appendix B: Grammar Practice for Nonnative Speakers

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This new edition of Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs retains the extensive grammar coverage and meticulous process-oriented writing instruction applauded by users of the first edition. Based on encouraging comments from colleagues and conscientious reviewers, we have included more collaborative and individual grammar exercises, and we have incorporated additional chapters and activities that reinforce the stages of the writing process. We have also increased the number of proofreading and editing exercises to sharpen your students' revision skills.

We believe that an effective text should not only motivate and guide students, but it should also respect their individuality and their innate desire to learn and succeed. We trust that our text's numerous exercises, examples, and activities will work well with any lesson plan or instructional preference. Since each chapter is self-contained, instructors can easily adapt the book's flexible framework to accommodate a formal classroom or a writing lab setting. Ultimately, we hope this book will enable your students to take pride in their work, confidence in their ideas, and responsibility for their own learning.


The grammar chapters continue to offer the popular format of practice (simple reinforcement), collaborate (partner or group work), and connect (application of the grammar principle to paragraphs) exercises.

New Features

In response to the suggestions of reviewers, we have incorporated these refinements:

  • Expanded paragraph-editing exercises at the end of each grammar chapter
  • More sentence-generating exercises requiring students to demonstrate mastery of specific grammar principles
  • More exercises on proofreading
Additional Features

Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs continues to offer these features in the grammar chapters:

  • Clear, simple steps, as in "Two Steps in Recognizing Sentence Fragments" or "Three Steps in Checking for Sentence Errors with Modifiers"
  • Numerous collaborative activities, including exercises that ask students to devise their own examples to illustrate principles just reviewed
  • Exercises based on excerpts from powerful writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Pulitzer Prize-winning Edna Buchanan, along with such historical figures as Martin Luther King, Jr., John F Kennedy, and Winston Churchill


New Features

This edition expands the focus on the writing process and includes these significant enhancements:

  • Four new chapters on basic rhetorical patterns: Narration, Description, Illustration, and Process
  • A new chapter on moving from writing paragraphs to writing short essays
  • New full-color photographs and accompanying topics as writing prompts
Additional Features

Each writing chapter retains these distinctive features:

  • A clear and detailed sample of one writing assignment as it progresses through all the stages of the writing process
  • Exercises placed immediately after explanatory material
  • Collaborative exercises directing students to write with peers, interview classmates, react to others' suggestions, and build on others' ideas
  • Numerous writing topics and step-by-step "Walk-Through" assignments providing additional flexibility for instructors
  • A Peer Review Form in each chapter so that students can benefit from a classmate's reaction to their drafts


New Features

We have made these changes and additions to the reading sections:

  • New, accessible reading selections from authors such as Clifton L. Taulbert, Al Roker, Ben Stein, and Amy Dacyczyn (author of The Tightwad Gazette).
  • New topics in the Writing from Reading sections on everything from saving money to developing self-esteem
Additional Features

Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs continues to offer these popular features in the reading sections:

  • A separate and detailed chapter on "Writing From Reading," explaining and illustrating the steps of prereading, reading and rereading, annotating, summarizing, reacting (in writing) to another's ideas, and writing for an essay test
  • Vocabulary definitions for each reading selection
  • Readings that appeal to working students, returning students, students recently out of high school, and students who axe parents
  • Readings by authors accessible to a student audience, from Judith Ortiz Cofer to Maya Angelou to John Grisham
  • Topics for writing sparked by the content or strategies of the readings - designed to elicit thinking and develop specific writing skills such as unity, coherence, or support

Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs will appeal to instructors, but more importantly, it will work for today's diverse student population. Our years of teaching developmental classes have taught us that beginning writers are more motivated and learn more readily when they are actively involved with individual or collaborative tasks. We have designed this text to foster active learning within an atmosphere of respect, encouragement, and meaningful interaction. We trust it will help your classes flourish, and as you and your students work through the writing process, we wish you much success along all lines.

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