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

  • John Biays
  • Carol Wershoven


For courses in College Developmental Writing.


Effective writers are effective learners

Clear, effective writing is an increasingly important skill in today’s world. With its intensive coverage of the writing process, Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays, 8th Edition, helps developing writers acquire and improve their skills to become more effective writers – and more effective learners. Biays and Wershoven guide readers, step by step, through the writing process with inͭdepth instruction on grammar and a proven focus on developing effective paragraphs and essays.


Each chapter offers numerous individual and collaborative exercises, along with contextualized practical writing applications – such as workplace writing, personal writing, and classroomͭcentered academic material. Self-ͣontained chapters provide a flexible framework that can accommodate various learning styles and instructional preferences. Encouraging critical thinking and personal engagement, the authors provide invaluable resources, interactive exercises, and continual reinforcement to give writers a solid foundation for future success.


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Table of 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

16. The Simple Sentence
17. Beyond the Simple Sentence: Coordination
18. Avoiding Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices
19. Beyond the Simple Sentence: Subordination
20. Avoiding Sentence Fragments
21. Using Parallelism in Sentences
22. Using Adjectives and Adverbs
23. Correcting Problems with Modifiers
24. Using Verbs Correctly: Standard Verb Forms, Irregular Verbs, Consistency, and Voice
25. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
26. Using Pronouns Correctly: Agreement and Reference
27. Using Pronouns Correctly: Consistency and Case
28. Punctuation
29. Spelling
30. Words that Sound Alike/Look Alike
31. Word Choice
32. Sentence Variety

Appendix. Readings for Writers


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Published by Pearson (March 9th 2018) - Copyright © 2019