Along These Lines Writing Paragraphs and Essays with Writing from Reading Strategies, MLA Update

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/11/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in College Developmental Writing.

This version of Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays with Writing from Reading Strategies has been updated the reflect the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016) *

Expands Upon Skills for Effective Writing

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, Seventh Edition helps developing writers acquire and improve their skills to become more effective writers—and in the process, become more effective learners.


Biays and Wershoven guide students step by step through the writing process with in-depth 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 classroom-centered academic material. Self-contained chapters provide a flexible framework that can accommodate myriad learning styles and instructional preferences.


Encouraging critical thinking and personal engagement, the authors provide invaluable resources, interactive exercises, and continual reinforcement of the writing process to give writers a solid foundation for future success in and out of the classroom.  

*The 8th edition introduces sweeping changes to the philosophy and details of MLA works cited entries. Responding to the “increasing mobility of texts,” MLA now encourages writers to focus on the process of crafting the citation, beginning with the same questions for any source. These changes, then, align with current best practices in the teaching of writing which privilege inquiry and critical thinking over rote recall and rule-following.

Table of Contents

Writing in Stages: The Process Approach 1

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

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

Appendix: Readings for Writers

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