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Along These Lines Writing Paragraphs And Essays 5/E

Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs3.61 · Rating details ·  18 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews

Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs, 5/e "prepares developmental writing students for success in future composition courses by offering thorough grammar instruction and in-depth coverage/reinforcement of thewriting process. Filled with individual and collaborative exercises as well as practical writing applications, the text begins with the principles of grAlong These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs, 5/e "prepares developmental writing students for success in future composition courses by offering thorough grammar instruction and in-depth coverage/reinforcement of thewriting process. Filled with individual and collaborative exercises as well as practical writing applications, the text begins with the principles of grammar and progresses to comprehensive chapters on crafting paragraphs and short essays. "ATL"/"S&P" also includes a chapter on Writing from Reading, incorporates appealing visuals, offers topical, thought-provoking readings, and provides numerous writing options to engage students as they sharpen their critical- thinking and writing skills....more

Paperback, 528 pages

Published December 25th 2011 by Longman Publishing Group (first published December 4th 2000)

We have been very encouraged by the positive feedback generated by previous editions of this text, and we trust that the third edition of Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays will offer instructors and students even more opportunities for stimulating interaction. To enable students to write for a specific audience and make connections between process and product, we have increased the amount of collaborative and independent activities. Today's writing classrooms reflect an ever-widening diversity of teaching strategies, learning styles, and student populations; Along These Lines respects and accepts the challenges of this unique tapestry.


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 axe 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

In response to the suggestions of our colleagues and reviewers, this edition contains these significant changes and refinements:

  • A new chapter, "Writing a Paragraph," for instructors who want to introduce students to a basic paragraph before beginning specific patterns
  • A new chapter, "Different Essay Patterns," providing examples of each essay pattern, in each step of composition, from generating ideas to proofreading. This chapter is designed for instructors who want to spend more time familiarizing their students with the essay form.
  • Double the number of proofreading exercises in each writing chapter
  • New sentence-combining exercises in each writing chapter
  • Transition exercises in each writing chapter
  • More exercises on writing thesis statements
  • More photographs used as writing prompts for visual learners

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


New Features

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

  • New readings on invention, technology, writing a personal letter, and adolescents who smoke
  • New topics for writing from reading

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 axe parents, spouses, and veterans Selections focus on such topics as getting an education, generational divisions and definitions, fitting in, or feeling left out.
  • Readings that are accessible and of particular interest to this student audience—many of the selections thus come from popular periodicals
  • Topics for writing sparked by the content of the writing, designed to elicit thinking, not rote replication of a model


New Features

  • A new chapter, "Avoiding Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices"
  • New, separate chapters on the comma and the apostrophe
  • Paragraph-editing exercises at the end of each grammar chapter to connect the grammar principle to writing assignments

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

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

  • It has so many exercises, activities, assignments, and readings that teachers can select strategies they prefer and adapt them 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 serve as an instant lesson plan for any class period or as individualized work for students in a writing lab.

Along These Lines will appeal to instructors, but more importantly, it will work for students. The basic premise of this book is that an effective text should respect students' individuality and their innate desire to learn and succeed. We hope it helps your students flourish by providing them with a foundation of respect, encouragement, and ongoing collaboration as they work through the writing process.

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