Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays, 8th edition

  • John Biays, 
  • Carol Wershoven

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For courses in college developmental writing.

Effective writers are effective learners

Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays guides students, step by step, through the writing process with in-depth instruction on grammar and a proven focus on developing effective paragraphs and essays. With its intensive coverage of the writing process, the text helps developing writers acquire and improve their skills to become more effective writers and learners.

In the 8th Edition, each chapter offers numerous individual and collaborative exercises, along with contextualized practical writing applications, such as workplace writing, personal writing and classroom-centered academic material.

Published by Pearson (January 1st 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137408580

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Developmental Writing


Brief Contents


  1. Writing a Paragraph
  2. Illustration
  3. Description
  4. Narration
  5. Process
  6. Comparison and Contrast
  7. Classification
  8. Definition
  9. Cause and Effect
  10. Argument
  11. Writing an Essay
  12. Different Essay Patterns: Part One
  13. Different Essay Patterns: Part Two
  14. Using Research to Strengthen Essays
  15. Writing from Reading


  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. Avoiding Sentence Fragments
  6. Using Parallelism in Sentences
  7. Using Adjectives and Adverbs
  8. Correcting Problems with Modifiers
  9. Using Verbs Correctly: Standard Verb Forms, Irregular Verbs, Consistency, and Voice
  10. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
  11. Using Pronouns Correctly: Agreement and Reference
  12. Using Pronouns Correctly: Consistency and Case
  13. Punctuation
  14. Spelling
  15. Words that Sound Alike/Look Alike
  16. Word Choice
  17. Sentence Variety

Appendix. Readings for Writers

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