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Voyages In English Writing And Grammar

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  • Item #: 022200
    ISBN: 9781930820029
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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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 041082
    ISBN: 9780155008625
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  • Item #: 068356
    ISBN: 9780829445886
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  • Item #: 011196
    ISBN: 9781615382187
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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 #: 068334
    ISBN: 9780829442946
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  • Item #: 068349
    ISBN: 9780829442977
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  • Item #: 068344
    ISBN: 9780829442960
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  • 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 #: 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

  • Item #: 041086
    ISBN: 9780155008656
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  • Item #: 041079
    ISBN: 9780155008595
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  • 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 #: 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

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    ISBN: 9780829420913
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    ISBN: 9780829428223
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    ISBN: 9780829420982
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    ISBN: 9780829428209
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