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Learn the point of all that grammar. 8 Dec 2011
By M. Packevicz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the grammar text I wish I had in high school, because the point of the text is to show students that grammatical structures have different effects on readers; consequently, learning the use of the different grammatical structures and writing strategies allows one to write more precisely--which is to say, it allows one to more carefully lead his or her reader to understand what one is actually saying in one's writing. This text assumes that students have a basic familiarity with the parts of speech and parts of a sentence, and some exposure to various grammatical terms. Using a sentence-combining approach, the first section of the text walks students through the creation of more precise, meaning-controlled sentences through combining exercises. In the second section, the student is led through various strategies for presenting information at the paragraph and essay level. As the title suggests, the text helps students to understand WHY one chooses to use a participial phrase instead of an adjective clause (though it first teaches students what those are), or an absolute instead of an appositive; or why one chooses to repeat a structural element in a series; or why one puts certain kinds of information in a sentence or paragraph before other kinds of information. I used it last year in teaching students British Literature, and the growth in sophistication of their writing was dramatic. The only off-putting feature of the book is that it is set in a fictional composition class, and so the text is presented as the story of this class, complete with a teacher, and a bunch of students. By the end of the book you even have a sense of the various students' personalities--which I suppose is a testament to the author's skill. But it is pretty hokey. Nevertheless, it is still a great text.
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Great condition, great price. This book if for my English class and everyone there paid war more for there books, I was glad to see that I took the right choice
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Practical, useful, intelligible 3 Dec 2009
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As an English teacher, I am often faced with students who struggle to learn grammar in the abstract but can't seem to apply it to their own writing. For this reason I love this text, which combines clear descriptions and easy to follow examples with a variety of exercises that have the students revising writing rather than simply identifying random words. I have seen a great deal of improvement among my students after teaching some of the lessons, particularly those dealing with tone and coherence. My students, too, prefer this text to our other grammar text and will actually request this one when given the option.
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