Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays (2nd Edition)

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9780130868176: Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays (2nd Edition)

For developmental writing courses at the paragraph to essay level. This comprehensive text/workbook focuses on the paragraph and introduces the essay by taking students step-by-step through the writing process-generating ideas, planning and focusing, drafting and revising, and polishing and proofreading. User-friendly for both students and instructors, it is filled with diverse exercises-many collaborative-that actively involve students in learning to write. Content includes self-contained chapters on patterns of paragraph development, a section on writing essays, a chapter on reading critically and writing from reading. The text also features timely reading selections and a separate, self-contained grammar section.

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Preface

We are deeply grateful to the adopters and reviewers of the first edition of Along These Lines. This second edition, Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays, has been refined and expanded in response to the encouraging reactions and practical suggestions from careful and generous reviewers. They appreciate the importance of combining individual and collaborative reinforcement in beginning writing classes. THE WRITING CHAPTERS

We have retained what you liked most: the meticulous and intensive coverage of the writing process. This step-by-step coverage continues to trace the stages of writing, from generating ideas, to planning and focusing, to drafting and revising, to the final proofreading. The lines of the title refer to these stages, which are called Thought Lines, Outlines, Rough Lines, and Final Lines to serve as convenient prompts for each stage. Every writing chapter covering a rhetorical pattern takes the student through all the stages of writing, in detail.

These chapters remain filled with exercises and activities, both individual and collaborative, because we believe that basic writers are more motivated and learn more easily when they are actively involved with individual or collaborative tasks. In keeping with these beliefs and with the emphasis on process, this edition of Along These Lines offers instructors more choices than ever. New Features

While the overwhelming response to the writing chapters was enthusiastic, some reviewers wanted more. Therefore, this edition of Along These Lines contains the following new features:

A chapter on writing the definition paragraph, with complete coverage of the writing stages More exercises on topic sentences Additional exercises on comparison/contrast Additional Features

Along These Lines continues to include these distinctive features:

A lively, conversational tone, including question-and-answer formats and dialogues Not much "talk" about writing; instead, no more than two pages of print are without a chart, a box, a list, an example, or an exercise Small, simple clusters of information surrounded by white space rather than intimidating expanses of small print Boxed examples of the outline, draft, and final version of the writing assignment in each chapter Exercises throughout each chapter, not merely at the end, so each concept is reinforced as soon as it is introduced Exercises that are not merely fill-in-the-blanks, but collaborative ones that have students writing with peers, interviewing classmates, reacting to others' suggestions, and building on others' ideas Numerous writing topics and activities in each chapter, providing more flexibility for the instructor A peer review form in each chapter, so students can benefit from a classmate's reaction to their drafts THE READING SECTIONS New Features

Reacting to reviewers' suggestions, we have made these changes and additions to the reading sections:

The chapter on "Writing from Reading" has been repositioned. It is now at the end of the writing chapters, so that it does not interrupt the flow of the writing instruction. A new section, "Writing the Essay Test," has been added. New readings, on such topics as high school and professional athletics, being bilingual, and reaching for the American Dream, have been added. The reading selections include more topics for writing a summary or answering a comprehension question. Additional Features

Along These Lines continues to offer these features:

A separate and detailed chapter on "Writing from Reading," explaining and illustrating the steps of prereading, reading, annotating, summarizing, and reacting (in writing) to another's ideas Vocabulary definitions for each reading selection Grouping of selections by rhetorical pattern Readings selected to appeal to working students, returning students, and students who are parents, spouses, and veterans. Selections focus on such topics as the workplace, getting an education, generational divisions and definitions, fitting in, or feeling left out Readings that are accessible to this student audience—thus many of the selections come from newspapers or magazines students would flip through at a newstand Topics for writing sparked by the content of the writing, designed to elicit thinking, not rote replication of a model THE GRAMMAR CHAPTERS New Features Thirty percent more exercises A chapter on adjectives and adverbs A chapter on spelling A chapter on sentence variety A chapter on words that sound alike/look alike A chapter on word choice An ESL appendix Expanded coverage of the uses of the apostrophe Expanded coverage of pronoun case in comparisons Expanded coverage of subject-verb agreement Additional Features

Because reviewers especially praised the focus and the exercises of the grammar chapters, these chapters continue to include these features:

Emphasis on the most important skills for college readiness Grammar concepts taught step-by-step, as in "Two Steps to Check for Fragments" Numerous exercises, including practice, editing, and collaborative exercises

This new edition of Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays also retains its dual appeal: both traditionalists and innovators will find something useful in the many activities, assignments, and exercises designed to get students thinking, reacting, and connecting ideas. It stresses the planning stage of writing and proposes the outline as a useful tool. Instructors who feel uncomfortable with outlining may skim the outlining sections, preferring to spend more time on the extensive sections on generating ideas and on revision. The text is designed to be a menu: we recognize that every instructor knows what works best in his or her classroom. Our goal is to provide sufficient options to accommodate a diversity of teaching strategies and student populations.

Instructors will find Along These Lines, second edition, easy to use for several reasons:

It has so many exercises, activities, assignments, and readings that teachers can pick what they like and adapt their choices to the needs of different class sections. The tear-out exercises reinforce every instructional concept and eliminate the pressure instructors face in preparing supplemental materials. The exercises provide an instant lesson plan for any class period or individualized work for students in a writing lab.

This book will appeal to instructors, but more importantly, it will work for students. Along These Lines has many distinctive features, but the book's most distinctive feature is our belief that a basic text does not have to be tedious, patronizing, or boring. In contrast, Along These Lines is written with the philosophy that an effective text should not only stimulate and motivate students, but it should also respect their individuality and their innate desire to learn and succeed.

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Compatible with WebCT™ Blackboard, and eCollege platforms, ALONG THESE LINES Online includes the following features:

  • Audio-enabled Chapter Overviews
  • Chapter Objectives
  • Lecture Notes
  • Writing Workshops
  • Computer-graded quizzes
  • Essay questions
  • E-mail accounts for each student and instructor

Course management includes the following features:

  • A Wizard program that provides help in the initial stages of course development
  • Easy-to-use interface to allow customization of layout, color schemes, and default settings to change content for individual pages
  • Automatic grading of online tests with scores kept in a customized class grade-book
  • Ability to track the total and average time spent on each topic by each student

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