Mastering Grammar: The SUM of All Those Errors: Syntax, Usage, and Mechanics

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AuthorHouse, May 24, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 112 pages
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Are you a new teacher? Are you teaching out of your field of expertise? Are you a parent home schooling your child? Perhaps a parent hoping to improve your child's performance in school? Are you learning English as a second language? Or, are you changing jobs and needing a basic review of language arts? Mastering Grammar addresses the basic information teachers and/or students need to empower them with regards to communication skills. Understanding basic skills is essential for high stakes testing and for maintaining a standard of English. The book offers direct instruction for mastering the SUM of all those errors (syntax, usage, and mechanics) so prevalent in placement tests and in one's writing. Mastering this material will significantly improve language arts skills, but more importantly, such mastery will boost your confidence!
 

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Contents

The SUM of All Those Errors
1
Introducing the Syntax Unit
5
The Game
9
Introducing Phrases
23
Introducing Clauses
28
Introducing Sentence Types
31
Introduction to Usage
34
The Problems with Pronouns
36
The Ubiquitous but Beloved Comma
62
Rarely Used and Always Tested
67
The SUM Scavenger List for Editing
71
A Summary of the Most Important Points for Memorization
77
A Review for Mastering Syntax
79
Steps for Analyzing Syntax
81
Comprehending Syntax
91
Appendix I
93

The Problem with Personal Pronouns
39
The Problem of SubjectVerb Agreement
46
The Problem with Verbs
50
The Problem with Modifiers
54
Mechanics Punctuation and Capitalization
57
Appendix II
95
Appendix III
96
Sources
99
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