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  • Item #: 067906
    ISBN: 9780794536701
    Retail: $12.99
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     This introductory reference guide will appeal to your pictorial learner. First, you’ll get a good beginning grammar overview (parts of speech--including noun and verb phrases, active/passive voice, clauses, conjunctions, direct speech, and confusing words). Parts of speech are identified with text, arrows and colors, though inconsistently applied (Nouns are not always green, for example). Explanations are brief and accented with graphs and cartoon drawings. The second section covers punctuation (periods, commas, question and quotation marks, apostrophes, and those funky and elusive parentheses, dashes, hyphens and ellipses). Finally, get a thumbnail introduction to style (basic genres, sentence- and paragraph level improvements). The book includes a glossary, quiz, and index. Also, access to Quicklinks provides grammar, punctuation and spelling games, quizzes and puzzles. An attention-grabbing way to introduce or remind students of grammar skills. 136 pgs, reinforced sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 015075
    ISBN: 9780794540173
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    In this handy and colorful publication, students will find fifty lessons and exercises that will help them to improve their grammar and punctuation skills. Designed to address the most frequent grammatical errors, this book identifies many of the tricky points while also providing clear examples of some common mistakes and how to avoid them. As students begin to master the simple but vital rules of grammar this helpful grammar activity book addresses, they will soon be able to read and write with greater confidence. 108 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 000700
    ISBN: 9780890519943
    Retail: $25.00
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    This volume combines both former books Major Punctuation and General Punctuation. It is "the complete guide to all your punctuation needs." The first part covers rules for the five basic errors that account for 75-90% of punctuation errors in student writing. The second section deals with all punctuation from the comma to the parenthesis. Both reference manual and practice book, it contains complete explanation of rules along with plenty of practice. We have used these with great success and all four older daughters credited this systematic program with increasing their score on the English portion of the ACT. All exercises are taken from classical or historical texts, adding to the educational value. Instructions and answer key included.

  • Item #: 052390
    ISBN: 9780545204590
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    I'm embarrassed to say that I probably need to complete these punctuation packets myself as a grammar refresher. This age of informal writing, quick emails and text messages has reduced my recall of proper grammar rules to merely hazy memories. This resource contains packets of reproducible activities that review common grammar rules. Eight packets are included: Commas I, Commas II, Capital Letters I, Capital Letters II, End Punctuation, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, and Colons and Semicolons. Each packet consists of six activities (each page introducing a specific punctuation rule) plus one tic-tac-toe review activity. The packets are self-paced in that the student checks off the worksheets as the packet is completed. There is also a good variety of worksheet activities, many of which are self-checking. For example, you may be asked to find and circle letters that need to be capitalized, and those circled letters should spell out the name of a holiday. 80 pgs. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 042670
    ISBN: 9780945045076
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    This reference provides a simple explanation of rules accompanied by clear examples for a variety of different punctuation marks. Starting with a brief look at the history and purpose of punctuation, the book is then organized into sections alphabetically, covering apostrophes, brackets, colons, commas, ellipses, em dashes, en dashes, exclamation points, parentheses, periods, question marks, semicolons, and slashes. Each section follows the same no-nonsense, black and white format. A rule for that type of punctuation is presented in bold type, followed by a few sentences illustrating that rule with the punctuation in bold. Any special notes for further clarification are included where appropriate. Recommended by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, this guide is helpful to read straight through or to keep on hand as a quick reference. 71 pgs, index included.

  • Item #: 040162
    ISBN: 9781118785560
    Retail: $16.95
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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

  • Item #: 012157
    ISBN: 9780890519936
    Retail: $33.00
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    A very rigorous and complete 1-year course in grammar (parts of speech, word functions, punctuation, sentence structure and patterns).  Now reprinted by Master Books, each lesson features plenty of white space and the front of the book contains a “Suggested Daily Schedule” with assignments listed for five days per week. Lessons are 1-2 pages of reading followed by 1-2 pages of exericises for practice. Fifteen tests are also provided, with an A and B form for each in case any tests need to be retaken. These are scheduled throughout the year, though not at regular intervals. Although designed to be self-instructional, particularly when used with the DVD (as is assumed in the schedule), 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!  Answer keys to exercises and tests are found in the back of the book. Perfect-bound, 3-hole punched with perforated pages. Reproducible for one family or a small class (10 students or less).

  • Item #: 030207
    ISBN: 9780545425155
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    Learn super grammar skills from super heroes! Fun, lively and educational, this well-illustrated supplemental resource may help your struggling grammar student win the grammar battle. Each section focuses on a specific skill area including subjects, predicates, and parts of speech as well as punctuation and common grammar blunders like double negatives, fragments, run-ons, comma splices and subject/verb disagreement. While this book does not offer worksheets, it does provide clear explanations and examples, making a fun and effective resource to accompany any traditional grammar program or workbook series. PB. 176 pgs. ~Deanne
  • Item #: 033652
    ISBN: 9780739889459
    Retail: $14.99
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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 #: 011196
    ISBN: 9781615382187
    Retail: $9.95
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    If you ever wanted ALL the grammar rules in one place, here you go! Providing rules for capitalization (10), punctuation (15), and 150 grammar facts, these are presented in a logical and systematic sequence. Designed to teach (memorize through a catechetical method of oral recitation of questions and answers) about 30 grammar facts per year. This manual can be used to prepare the grammar stage student for the logic-level skills of diagramming and analysis. Or, you could use it as a reference book. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 003109
    ISBN: 9781250003355
    Retail: $7.99
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    It’s a field day frolic: a sporty exploration into words and punctuation! Get set and let’s go! This is one of many settings shown in this book. Charming, colorful illustrations and catchy read-aloud rhymes explain when to use a period or a comma (and lots of other punctuation too). The various scenarios give the reader a mental picture to recall when later they have to use proper punctuation. For example, when emptying his pockets to wash his jeans, a boy finds: some cookie crumbs, a plastic spoon, a box of old raisins, 2 gumballs and a red balloon! A colon indicates a list is to follow. By remembering the junk in the pockets, a student can picture when a colon is needed. For a child struggling with mechanics, here is a low key way to help. I love that when one way of teaching doesn’t do the trick, there is always another something to try! Poetic punctuation – why not? 32 pp, 8.5” x 11” pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 059445
    ISBN: 9781483816449
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     Grade 3 introduces past, present & future tense; prepositions; punctuation; conjunctions; subjections & predicates; and parts of a paragraph.

  • Item #: 044639
    ISBN: 9780975499795
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    Yeah, it's so good it's "bad." This course teaches parts of speech and sentence construction, reinforcing the learning with a game that can be played in groups, with 2, or alone. Invented by author Karen Newell to "take the doldrums out of diagramming", this game will not only help students master complex sentence construction, but make them proficient punctuators too. The presentation of information is very clear – and helpfully broken down into digestible chunks. The program has seven modules, each with only five or six rules, each presented in a one or two-page tutorial. I love the simple flowchart Mrs. Newell uses to direct student progress through the rules. Basically, students will study the tutorial then write five sentences applying the rule. If they are correct, they go to the next rule. Otherwise, they write five more, conceptually looping until they "get it." After this, they optionally go on a "detective hunt" to round up these "bad" guys. After all rules in a module are mastered, they get to play the Big Bad Grammar Slammer for the completed module, including all earlier modules in the game. Yup, and if you break the rules (grammar rules), you end up in the (you guessed it) slammer. Rules for playing the game alone, with multiple players, and with teams are provided. The only additional materials you need to supply are one regular die and paper and pencil(s) for each player. Quizzes and tests are a snap to construct, since they utilize the same format as the game. A test for each module should be given after the student has played the game five times using the rules in that module. Quizzes can be given at any time, but would be useful as drill and review after the course is completed.

    The grammar instruction is easy to read and understand even as the program progresses from simple to more complex sentence structures. Uncluttered text pages use very readable font size. Each construction is introduced and integral concepts are explained and shown with examples. Presentation is very clear. Diagramming of each rule (construct) is modeled then the student is asked to diagram several similarly-constructed sentences. The reinforcing game is also simple, but ingenious, and highly motivating. Can your children learn to play by the rules (of proper sentence construction and diagramming), or will they have to "do time" in the Big, Bad Grammar Slammer?

  • Item #: 064442
    ISBN: 9780890519493
    Retail: $66.00
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    Package includes book (with tests and answer keys) and DVD. DVD teaches through each lesson with charts and examples shown on screen. Please note that the DVD is an older recording and although it works on a television with DVD player and most computer DVD-ROMs, the audio may not work as well on headphones.

  • Item #: 010215
    ISBN: 9781580628556
    Retail: $9.95
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    Though not modest, the title may be true. This handy little reference guide offers no-nonsense tips, rules, and explanations to aid you in a wide variety of grammar needs and writing instances. Chapter 1 focuses on "Finding the Right Words," providing spelling rules and differentiating between commonly misused words, such as effect and affect. The next few chapters focus on parts of speech, with complete descriptions of nouns, adverbs, prepositions, interjections, and all other types of words; basic sentence structure, including subjects and predicates, clauses, and subject-verb agreement; verb help such as verb tense, irregular verbs and moods; and all of the tricky pronoun problems. Chapter 6 provides a helpful guide to punctuation so that you can accurately use semicolons in your writing. (And all others, of course, but I find that many people are quite uncomfortable with this mark in particular.) The last four chapters are concerned with writing, and they cover a wide variety of topics to help you write better sentences, avoid common errors, learn the process of writing and revising, and understand the different types of writing and their purposes. Appendices in the back offer 1001 frequently misspelled words, suggestions for wordy phrases, and links to helpful grammar and writing web sites. You'll definitely want to keep this one on your desk or next to your computer. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 039028
    ISBN: 9780823418206
    Retail: $7.99
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    This cute storybook shows just how important punctuation is. When all the punctuation marks in Mr. Wright's class decide to go on vacation, writing and reading becomes impossible for the students. Meanwhile, the punctuation marks send the class postcards. The story teaches punctuation on a few levels - not only do the postcards include punctuation, but all the punctuation marks have unique personalities that match them (the question mark asks a lot of questions, the exclamation mark is emotional, the colon likes keeping track of time, the commas like to make lists, the quotation marks love to talk, etc.). Hopefully, the punctuation marks will come back from vacation so the students can continue learning. Cute, colorful pictures of the students and the punctuation marks (with eyes, hair, and clothes!) add some fun to the story. 32 full-color pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 070864
    ISBN: 9781945841125
    Retail: $17.95
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    Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource. 

    Nonconsumable.  95 pgs, hb. 

  • Item #: 020918
    ISBN: 9780838822388
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    Covers parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, contractions, possessives, and subject-verb agreement.
  • Item #: 070868
    ISBN: 9781945841040
    Retail: $39.95
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    Consumable Student Workbook interacts with the Core Instructor Text. The Student Workbook also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key (#078066)

  • Item #: 031057
    ISBN: 9780544261839
    Retail: $14.99
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    This is a no-nonsense grammar review - that just happens to be correlated to the Common Core State Standards for grades 6-12. The book is divided into four units – Vocabulary, Sentences, Grammar/Usage, and Capitalization/Punctuation/Spelling. A Check What You Know section to be completed prior to using the book highlights the areas in which the student needs targeted work. Each unit has its own review, and there are Check What You've Learned (review) and Using What You've Learned (application) sections at the end. Worksheets (perforated) provide practice exercises following a brief instructional sequence and examples. All answers are provided. With a goal of core language skill mastery, these are solid review books to use prior to standardized testing, community college placement testing, or ACT/SAT testing. 140 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 022440
    ISBN: 9780470543153
    Retail: $21.95
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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 #: 070866
    ISBN: 9781945841064
    Retail: $15.95
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    Student Workbook Answer Key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work

  • Item #: 022200
    ISBN: 9781930820029
    Retail: $16.95
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    This book provides a straightforward approach to basic English grammar and how to apply that grammar to writing skills. There are 40 lessons, each with four pages featuring practice with four different skills: parts of speech, mechanics, diagramming and proofreading. In the first part of each lesson, students complete exercises such as identifying the parts of speech in sentences, choosing the correct parts of speech, and linking parts of speech with others, (i.e. - circling an adjective and then drawing an arrow to the word it describes, etc.). In the mechanics section of each lesson, students learn a rule or common error associated with the part of speech just learned. Examples of exercises include choosing the correct form of words, identifying incorrect usage of words, correcting punctuation, improving poorly written sentences, and more. The third section of each lesson focuses on diagramming. As students work through the book, they will begin by diagramming two or three word sentences and work their way up to very complicated ones. Sometimes students will have to correct the sentences before they diagram them. The final section on proofreading contains a passage that students must edit, with errors which typically correspond to topics covered in the featured lesson. At the beginning of the book the instructions tell students the number of errors in each sentence, later changing to the number of errors found in the whole passage, and by the end of the book students are expected to find all the errors without any tips. After every ten lessons in the book, there is a two-page review section. This section follows the same format as the lessons but includes content from the previous ten lessons to make sure students are retaining what they've learned. The end of the book holds a glossary of grammar terms and answer key. While the early exercises in the book are relatively simple and may be appropriate for older elementary students, later exercises are more complex - at more of a high school level. We've changed the recommended grade level to 7-12 due to some irreverent and slightly edgy content that is more appropriate for older students (slang like "barf" and other attention-getting "gross" content, humorous mentions of actresses with revealing dresses, etc.). Not reproducible. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 030105
    ISBN: 9780887431487
    Retail: $12.99
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  • Item #: 018702
    ISBN: 9781438007748
    Retail: $9.99
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    This is certainly a friendlier grammar book than the one I had in junior high. Instruction has a conversational tone. Grammar rules are easy to identify since they're printed in bold, and the extensive use of right and wrong sentences is helpful. This book covers parts of speech, building and punctuating sentences, agreement, confused and misused words, and editing. One drawback is the small number of exercise sets; there are only 21 in the whole text. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 018285
    ISBN: 9780936981369
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  • Item #: 049179
    ISBN: 9780963742513
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $79.95

    This program was designed to help students unlock the English language. Once students log in, they may begin the lessons. It is recommended that they complete the lessons in order, but if you are using this for extra practice, they can choose which lessons they want to work through. Each lesson begins with a short, narrated introduction and explanation of the target concept. For example, in the adjectives lesson, the text and accompanying narration will define adjectives, give tips for recognizing them, and offer examples of adjectives in sentences. Afterwards, students will answer a few multiple choice questions to test their comprehension of the new material. Finally, students will complete an exercise in which they identify adjectives and other parts of speech in sample sentences. All of the exercises utilize complete sentences to help kids see how all of the skills relate to each other in context the way students will see them in books and the way they will use them in their own writing. The first CD-ROM Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure has around 30 lessons. Students in the fourth grade are expected to complete the first 15, students in the fifth grade should complete the first twenty, and students in the sixth grade or above should work through them all. After the first twenty lessons, there are reviews and a test to track progress and understanding. There is also a final test for students to take after all of the lessons have been completed. The second CD-ROM Punctuation and Mechanics - follows the same format as the first, with explanations, comprehension questions, and complete sentences to edit appropriately. It also includes around thirty lessons. 4th and 5th grade students should only start this CD-ROM after completing the allotted lessons from the Parts of Speech CD. 6th grade and above students should complete all lessons of both CDs. As students complete lessons on either CD-ROM, their scores are shown next to the lesson numbers on the lesson page, so they can see which lessons they've finished and you can decide which ones need more practice. The third CD-ROM offers additional reinforcement for the first and second CD-ROM in the form of workbook PDF pages with challenging sentences and essays for the students to label.Programs are for Windows only.

  • Item #: 072014
    ISBN: 9781974028627
    Retail: $27.00
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  • Item #: 072017
    ISBN: 9781974028245
    Retail: $27.00
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  • Item #: 049081
    ISBN: 9780545794213
    Retail: $11.99
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