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  • Item #: 028435
    ISBN: 9780325012469
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    What better way to convince young writers that "grammar" is a significant component of quality writing than to illustrate the concept over and over again with examples from some of their favorite authors? That is exactly the premise of this unusual elementary school grammar worktext. "Without grammar there would be no sentences. Without sentences, there would be no stories." Actually, it might be more fair to call this little course a writing worktext. The format is actually rather simple, but it may take a little while to really appreciate what is happening here. Starting with instruction in how to break sentences down into various components (chunking) and continuing through an examination of those components, the student is first shown examples – always taken from the stories of well-known authors (we'll talk more about that later). Then they are led step-by-step through replication exercises until they have mastered a basic skill, then on to the next. Sentence parts (subjects and predicates), then those elements that give variety to sentences (clauses and phrases), and lastly, how one fits a collection of sentences together to form a story (parts of a story). At first the student is merely copying sentences without slashes or inserting slashes, but then they progress to inserting words, rearranging clauses or sentence parts, and inserting clauses or phrases. Always, always with an eye to a particular sentence model to follow or imitate. The ultimate goal, of course, is the student writing their own sentences and combining them into their own story. By the time they reach those types of assignments (in the last unit), they are familiar with a wide variety of sentence types and are ready to compose an interesting story.

    The exercises in this worktext use sentences from hundreds of stories, surrounding the student with authors who are really good at writing, learning how good writers build their sentences, and developing practical ways to emulate what they do. You'll find examples from your student's favorite books – The Hobbit, Trumpet of the Swan, Hardy Boys, Secret Garden, Velveteen Rabbit, Harry Potter – to name just a few. (The index at the back of the worktext lists 157 titles.) A few authors are used extensively as examples and in those cases, the instructional wordplay parallels the author's work. For example, the final unit showcases sentences from the Harry Potter novels and tells the student "you'll conjure up everything you've learned to compose your own magic sentences." Because often the "answers will vary," there is no answer key. This is a bit disappointing in a few instances, but you'll soon get the "feel" of what the course is all about and not miss it at all. 111 pgs, pb ~ Janice

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  • Item #: 067602
    ISBN: 9780712356350
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  • Item #: 065057
    ISBN: 9780544671669
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  • Item #: 040307
    ISBN: 9781432976620
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    Written with its student audience in mind, this grammar guide reviews practical grammar rules with fun references to "tweeting" and interesting facts interspersed throughout the book. Whether you are actively trying to improve your speaking and writing skills, or you just need a grammar refresher, this lighthearted book with colorful images will be difficult to put down. Note to parents: includes a short, non-magical excerpt from a Harry Potter book. 56 pages, soft cover. – Rachel
  • Item #: 029814
    ISBN: 9780143121602
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    When my sisters and I were younger, there weren't many things that could beat Dad reading to us. Although Dad worked full-time and didn't spend much time with us in the classroom, he always tried to work in reading before bedtime. The Little House books, Beverley Cleary's books, and other "classics" were always entertaining to hear aloud, even though most of us had already read them for ourselves (maybe it was Dad's voices). Author Jim Trelease was also a dad who read aloud to his kids because he enjoyed it, and because his father had read to him when he was a young boy. One day, almost by accident, he stumbled onto several realizations: most children are rarely or never read to; children that are read to tend to become livelong, avid readers; and children who don't read or are never read to often lag way behind in both their reading and verbal skills.

    The product of his investigation and research is this title, first published in 1979. Its initial purpose was to educate parents and teachers on the impact that reading aloud to children can have, as well as to suggest some excellent books for reading aloud. Now in its 7th edition, the Read-Aloud Handbook serves the same goal, with a few updated features for today's parents and educators. This hefty guide contains a lot in just ten chapters! The introduction and the first chapter make the case (very loudly!) on why parents should read to their children. The following chapters address the when's, what's, and how's of reading aloud, offering advice on the stages of reading aloud, as well as some do's and don'ts. The fifth chapter discusses Sustained Silent Reading (not lacking in most homeschools, I'm sure!), and why it naturally complements reading aloud. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of libraries, what we can learn from the successes of the Harry Potter phenomenon and Oprah's book club, the limitations of using the Internet for reading or research, and how to help the television occupy a healthier, less time-consuming place in the readers' lives. The last portion of the book, about 120 pages in length, is the "Treasury of Read-Alouds". The Treasury is helpfully divided by type of book. For "Wordless Books" and "Predictable Books" (those with sentence patterns repeated often enough to be predictable to readers), recommendations are given in a list form. For recommendations on reference books, picture books, short novels, full-length novels, poetry, anthologies, and fairy/folk tales, the featured books are listed alphabetically, and include name of author, publisher, copyright date, # of pages, what grades the book is recommended for, and a short synopsis of the storyline. Yes, there is definitely a lot here for your mind to chew on! His list of recommended books offers a great place for parents and children to start, while his informational chapters are engrossing, and adults will find them very readable as well. While I would suspect that the percentage of homeschool parents who read to their children is probably already higher than those who do not homeschool, this volume offers any parent interested in beginning to read aloud to their children an excellent place to start. - Jess