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ERIC Number: ED510211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 240
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-8670-9602-0ISBN-978-0-8670-9602-6
Grammar for College Writing: A Sentence-Composing Approach
Killgallon, Don; Killgallon, Jenny
Across America, in thousands of classrooms, from elementary school to high school, the time-tested sentence-composing approach has given students tools to become better writers. Now the authors present a much anticipated sentence-composing grammar worktext for college writing. This book presents a new and easier way to understand grammar: (1) Noun Group: The Naming Tools; (2) Verb Group: The Narrating Tools; (3) Adjective Group: The Describing Tools; and (4) Adverb Group: The Explaining Tools. Within each group, using model sentences by authors, students learn and practice words, phrases, and clauses that share the group's function. The authors' accessible approach develops students' use of twenty-one grammatical tools to build sentences like those of recognizable authors. All tools are practiced through the authors' signature methods: matching, unscrambling, combining, imitating, exchanging, expanding. Each tool is introduced with a clear definition and characteristics; practiced through six varied sentence-composing activities; then applied in an academic or creative composition that spotlights the tool. This worktext works beyond preparing first-year college students for college writing. It is well suited for many contexts: (1) Before College (Students in honors or AP classes; Students in grammar or creative writing electives); (2) During College (Students in required first-year writing courses, or electives in grammar, rhetoric, style, linguistics, literary language, or creative writing; Prospective English teachers in methods, grammar, or linguistics courses); and (3) After College (Teachers participating in curriculum or in-service workshops; Teachers wanting a self-study approach to learning grammar to improve their own or their students' writing). An online instructor's manual includes background information, advice, tips, resources, and the original professional sentences used for activities.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A