Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs, Second Edition

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What is the most important step of the writing process? ALL OF THEM. Which is why Along These Lines integrates extensive, thorough coverage of the writing process in every writing chapter. From generating ideas (thought lines) to planning and focusing (outlines) to drafting and revising (rough lines) to proofreading and editing (final lines), students are guided through the key elements of the writing process as they practice through extensive exercises and as they write.

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TO INSTRUCTORS

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

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

THE WRITING CHAPTERS

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

THE READING SECTIONS

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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