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  • Item #: 016444
    ISBN: 9780743933476
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  • Item #: 005005
    ISBN: 9780894557613
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    A lighter, more enjoyable approach than your typical grammar lesson. Every lesson begins with a sentence that breaks the rule for that lesson, resulting in a humorous sentence, to show students what happens when you don't follow the language rules. Then, by applying the rule, the same sentence is written correctly. Guided activities follow to give the student practice at applying the rule. Even more practice is given in fun, independent exercises in which the student interprets logic clues to utilize the newly learned rule. Topics covered include capitalization, run-on sentences, agreement, modifiers, pronouns, verbs, unnecessary words, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary and more. Answers are provided, and worksheets are reproducible for your own use. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 005472
    ISBN: 9781930367319
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    ISBN: 9780936981352
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  • Item #: 013890
    ISBN: 9780764142611
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    This workbook, formerly titled Grammar the Easy Way, is full of instruction and exercises for a very thorough review of English grammar. It begins simply with sentences, parts of speech, and phrases and clauses but quickly expands to cover all the meticulous details of grammar taught in high school. After the first section (which includes many aspects and tenses of the sentence, parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and verbs), there is an "exam" to evaluate if students can identify components like an adjective clause, gerund phrase, infinitive, predicate adjective, etc. within a given story. The next section gets noticeably more difficult with instruction on types of sentences, coordination and subordination, reference of pronouns, subject-verb agreement, parallel structure, misplaced modifiers, sentence variety, and more. Another "exam" is then given, which is cumulative and instructs students to identify if a sentence is correct, lacks parallel structure, has a dangling modifier, is a fragment, lacks agreement, and so on. The final section includes a "Manual of Usage" which assembles together grammar rules that are most often problems in high school and college papers and gives a usage test. The last section focuses on writing; specifically writing paragraphs, writing research papers, developing style, and preparing for writing during the SAT. Tips are included for the proper way to construct and format writing while using good grammar. After the third section, a cumulative exam is given which includes one hundred sentences. Students must select from an answer bank and decide if each sentence is correct or if it has errors such as a misplaced modifier, lack of agreement, fragment, usage mistake, redundancy, etc. With lots of examples of correct grammar and simple but effective exercises, the book guarantees to improve your grammar and writing in only 30 days. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 008217
    ISBN: 9780743937795
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    ISBN: 9780743933469
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  • Item #: 012157
    ISBN: 9781886061385
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    A very rigorous and complete 1-year course in grammar (parts of speech, word functions, punctuation, sentence structure and patterns). Each lesson has one page of instruction/explanation and one page of exercises. Five incremental reviews assure student retention and mastery of the material. Although designed to be self-instructional, some teacher help may be required. This book would be an excellent follow-up to Easy Grammar or Journey to Grammar Land, as it covers grammar at a college level! Tests and answer keys included.

  • Item #: 033652
    ISBN: 9780739889459
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    This grammar workbook offers straightforward worksheets for students who need extra practice, reinforcement, or just a refresher course. It begins with a short "Check What You Know" section so you can determine the student's current level of understanding or spotlight specific areas he/she needs extra help with. After this, the worksheets are divided into four units - Vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, prefixes and suffixes, contractions, compound words, and idioms), Sentences (types, parts of, compound and complex, run-on, etc.), Grammar and Usage (parts of speech, active and passive voice, commonly confused words, conjunctions, double negatives, etc.), and Capitalization and Punctuation (capitals, end punctuation, commas, quotation marks, and others). Each worksheet follows the rule-example-practice format and targets a single skill so students can master it. At the end of the book, a second "Check What You Know" tests students again. A few "cheat sheets" in the back provide students with lists of language terms, personal pronouns, irregular verbs, and commonly misused words. A complete answer key is also included, and all of the pages are perforated for easy removal. 124 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 018497
    ISBN: 9781931492225
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    ISBN: 9780880622905
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  • Item #: 031116
    ISBN: 9780929895048
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    You know an approach to grammar is different when students and teachers are giggling. Indeed, Jane Kiester's 10-step approach to teaching grammar is rather amusing, with the bonus of being extremely effective, which certainly sets it apart from many other grammar books! How does Jane keep her classes giggling through grammar? The Caught'ya. In essence, the Caught'ya is one or two sentences of a continuous, humorous story, filled with grammar errors that the teacher wants to eliminate. In this book, Jane walks you through how the Caught'ya works and exactly how to integrate this approach in your own classroom. She starts by "inviting" you into her classroom to see how she uses the Caught'ya and then breaks down the process into ten easy steps. Ten steps may sound intimidating, but each one is a very small piece and the entire task only takes 5-10 minutes a day. In short, the ten steps consist of composing the daily Caught'ya sentence by deciding on a plot, the skills and a vocabulary word to address that day, writing the sentence down incorrectly on the board and critiquing students as they copy the Caught'ya on their own paper correctly, and concluding by checking the sentence together with the whole class, then having the students mark their mistakes, count up their own errors, and turn in their work. The complete, detailed explanations of each step are found in chapter 2. The third chapter focuses on how to evaluate the Caught'ya, with thorough directions on checking and grading the content as well as the format, using real student's Caught'yas as examples. Chapter 4 goes beyond the basics and describes how to use Caught'yas as a tool to teach other grammar skills such as spelling, diagramming sentences, and writing, among other tips. This chapter also holds sample spelling practices and Caught'ya grammar tests with answer keys. Assuming that many teachers may find the idea of creating their own funny story plot and outline a bit daunting, Jane includes six sample story ideas in chapter 5, two each for elementary, middle, and high school classes, tried and very successful in classrooms. These suggestions serve as a plot for you to flesh out through your daily Caught'ya sentences, each one offering a tidbit of the funny tale to anticipating students. If the task of writing your own sentences based on a given outline still sounds too hard, then you'll appreciate chapters 6-8, which each hold 100 daily Caught'ya sentences for your use until you are comfortable writing them yourself. Each of these chapters holds sentences for one of the sample stories from each grade level and gives you the passage written incorrectly and correctly, with the skills covered and vocabulary word. With her helpful, personal writing style, Jane Keister leaves you encouraged and fully prepared to "catch" your own giggling grammar students. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 038508
    ISBN: 9780764135613
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    Here's the junior version containing the same concise, organized, and helpful advice as the original Painless books, just geared toward a younger grade level. It will show kids that grammar doesn't have to be painful or scary, and can even be fun! The theme of the book is a pretend amusement park called Grammar World, where different animals introduce the reader to different aspects of grammar. There are five main chapters covering sentences, nouns, pronouns and adjectives, verbs and adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, and mechanics. Information is presented in a clear, organized way that is easy for students to follow. Plenty of "Let's Try It" sections provide quizzes to practice concepts just learned, "Trick to Remember" sections highlight important hints to keep in mind, "Treasure Hunt" areas prompt students to find examples of certain topics, "Careful" sections warn students of possible problems, "Treasure Chest" sections give examples of certain topics, "Wrapping It Up" gives a summary of key ideas, and "Hitting the Target" provides practice with the chapter's ideas. Two-colored illustrations add some fun to the learning. The guide is written directly to students so they can learn and practice the concepts independently. Answers to the practice sections are included in the back of the book. 158 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 005469
    ISBN: 9781930367289
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    ISBN: 9781782436027
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  • Item #: 058760
    ISBN: 9781937113629
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    Well, this certainly wasn't what I was expecting! It's quite different and SO much more. Don't let the subtitle – Using Common Core Standards and Informational Text – and your feelings about CCSS get in your way. This is an unusual – and creative – grammar supplement and will be a nice change of pace for students who are tired of anything called "grammar." 23 well-known landmarks (Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, etc.) described in a brief informational paragraph become the basis for exercises that review, instruct, and practice aspects of grammar that are particularly troublesome. For instance, the segment on the Liberty Bell focuses on making pronouns agree with antecedents. A three-point instructional snippet prepares the student for four sections of exercises (30 sentences total) that tell the student to "select the correct pronoun;" "choose the correct subject or object pronoun;" add an 's or an ' to show possession;" or circle the letter of the section that contains an error." All 30 sentences pertain in some way to the Liberty Bell, providing significant additional information to the initial paragraph. Answers to all exercises are included.

    Grammar coverage is systematic and comprehensive although not intense (no diagramming) and includes parts of speech, types of sentences, capitalization, punctuation, troublesome usage, homophones and more. This is would be a great change-up for students tired of grammar or for those following a Charlotte Mason approach to usage-based grammar or as a review/refresher for practically anyone. (And, by the way, the whole CC thing seems to have been attached because of the informational texts that are utilized – a big thing for CCSS.) 86 pgs, spiral-bound, consumable. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 039237
    ISBN: 9780929895093
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    This book contains more of everything that made the original book, Caught Ya! Grammar with a Giggle, so popular. Designed to be used in addition to or after the first book, it actually includes all the info needed to be used independently. The first chapter in this book summarizes the first three chapters of the original book, outlining the ten basic steps to set up and use this system. Then a special chapter deals with how parents or tutors of just one or two children can use the method, which is especially useful to homeschoolers and was not included in the first book. Tips on coming up with your own stories and sentences, mini-lessons, and writing suggestions are all included. Then six new, humorous story ideas, 100 sentences for grades 2-5, 100 sentences for grades 6-8, and 100 sentences for grades 9-12 are all included. Stories are still somewhat public school oriented, but all the tools are there for homeschooling parents to make their own. With enough sentences for the entire year (filled with grammar mistakes for students to fix), instructions and ideas for teachers, an end of the year test, funny stories for students to follow, and a grammar reference in the back of the book, it's never been easier to make students have fun with grammar. By Jane Kiester, 294 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 011713
    ISBN: 9781606891254
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  • Item #: 022440
    ISBN: 9780470543153
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    This book can wear many hats (sounds like a homeschooler, doesn't it?). Its 180 lessons/activities systematically review and practice all aspects of grammar. Lessons are typically one page and include a short teaching segment followed by an activity. It's hard to imagine any of them taking more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Occasionally, the one lesson will be all instruction but the following lesson will be all activity. Activities are typically fill-in-the-blank, label, or choose the correct word. Coverage is thorough and beyond-the-basics. In addition to grammar, there is coverage of confusing usage words, sound-alike words, and punctuation/capitalization mechanics. Although there are periodic reviews throughout the book, the last ten lessons provide a comprehensive review. A complete answer key is in the back of the book. The book is "pick-up-and-go" and can be reproduced for families/classrooms. Use it alongside a writing-intensive course to keep language skills current. Use it as the grammar component for a high school English credit. Use it as a reference/handbook as you edit/grade writing papers. Use it as a refresher course prior to taking the ACT/SAT. Use it to brush up on your own grammar and make sure you're "saying it correctly". You pick its hat – or change its hat from year to year. 218 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056993
    ISBN: 9780936981789
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    I wonder how many parents have wanted just this sort of grammar refresher course as they've started to homeschool their children? It's the perfect size – smallish –and not intimidating. It's the perfect format – two diagnostic exercises, then targeted instruction and practice in precisely the areas you need. Finally, it's the perfect author to create such a guide. Easy Grammar's Dr. Phillips is known for making grammar understandable to children, and now she's helping parents in the same way. I'm sure you know that your children will tend to make the same grammar errors you do – they learn what they hear. When you make a concerted effort to discover and correct any bad grammar habits you've developed, you've discovered the perfect way to ensure that your children will be hearing correct grammar examples. 93 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 002522
    ISBN: 9781889209012
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    A revised and expanded edition of First Grammar Lessons by Charlotte Mason, authored by Karen Andreola. Truly a gentle, friendly, but thorough approach to grammar without all of the tedious workbooking - in the true spirit of Charlotte Mason. Karen has retained the soul of the book while updating it for us, replacing obscure words and giving us larger, crisper type, but using turn-of-the century illustrations and vine-bordered pages. The book embraces an interactive approach to grammar, accomplished, for the most part, orally. It is a natural, uncomplicated method - you simply sit down with your child and this book and teach. Lessons are to be completed at the rate of one per week, in short, 10-15 minute sessions. One rule is taught per lesson. The 46 lessons here, along with the additional exercises in the appendices, should supply a year of pleasurable instruction.

  • Item #: 045194
    ISBN: 9780439588461
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    You won't find any boring pages here! This workbook is filled with grammar practice in the form of amusing exercises based around the lives of fairy tale characters. Each skill covered (nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, capitalization, commas, homophones, etc.) offers one brief page of explanation and introduction followed by three worksheets of humorous practice. The variety of formats and activities along with the fictional storylines engage students in learning proper grammar. (If this approach is appealing, you may also want to check out Funny Fairy Tale Proofreading, also in our English section.) Reproducible, consumable, answers included. 64 pgs. – Melissa

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    ISBN: 9780931993190
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    ISBN: 9780838823910
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    ISBN: 9781606891230
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    ISBN: 9780071745475
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  • Item #: 040162
    ISBN: 9781118785560
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    This popular book by Jane Straus is both a reference guide for the rules of grammar and punctuation, but also a workbook that provides exercises to review those rules. The first 60 pages of the book contain the most common rules of grammar and punctuation. Topics include subject and verb agreement, pronouns, modifying parts of speech, problems with prepositions, fragments, commas, semicolons, parentheses, hyphens, dashes, capitalization, writing numbers, and much more-basically all the grammar rules you need to know in high school and college. The middle section of the book has over 60 pages of rules for commonly confused words like who vs. whom, that vs. which, good vs. well, etc. Along with each rule, there are one or two examples so students can see the rule put into practice. The final part of the book contains numerous quizzes (2 sets of exercises for each grammar topic or punctuation mark), as well as a grammar pretest, a grammar mastery test, and a punctuation, capitalization and writing numbers pretest and mastery test. The pretest and mastery tests given are great for before and after evaluation, and the exercises for each topic ensure that students know how to use the rules they are learning. Exercises generally prompt students to find errors in sentences, rewrite sentences, pick the correct word for the sentence, or identify parts of a sentence. These review methods are probably more effective at incorporating the rules into real life than multiple choice or matching exercises found in other books. Answers for all the exercises are included in the book. This is a great quick reference book with effective tests and exercises, and it is also well organized, practical, and easy-to-use. Reproducible. 201 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel