Higher Education

The Basics: English, 3rd Edition

  • includes Data CD-ROM
  • Michele Goulet Miller Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Clarice Pennebaker Brantley
  • ISBN-10: 0538728825  |  ISBN-13: 9780538728829
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000, 1993
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.00



The BASICS OF ENGLISH presents grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and number usage that provides the "base" of knowledge needed to succeed in writing classes. Short, concise content delivers a thorough approach with clear-cut examples and exercises to reinforce learning.

Features and Benefits

  • Technology Activities: These activities are included in every chapter.
  • Features: Self-analysis and personal goal features are included throughout the text.
  • Teamwork Activities: Numerous teamwork activities are provided to give students hands-on experience.
  • Learning Objectives: These objectives identify what the students should be able to achieve after they complete the chapter.
  • Checkpoints: Checkpoints allow the students to apply the principles presented in a section.
  • Checkpoint Solutions: These solutions enable the students to verify their comprehension of one section before progressing to another section.

Table of Contents

1. Dictionaries and Thesauruses.
2. Nouns.
3. Pronouns.
4. Verbs.
5. Subject/Verb Agreement.
6. Adjectives.
7. Adverbs.
8. Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections.
9. Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences.
10. Basic Punctuation.
11. More Punctuation.
12. Capitalization and Numbers.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0538729236 | ISBN-13: 9780538729239)

Student Supplements

iLrn™  (ISBN-10: 0538729244 | ISBN-13: 9780538729246)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michele Goulet Miller

Michele Goulet Miller teaches a variety of business-related courses, including business communication, software applications, and medical office courses, at Milwaukee Area Technical College. In addition to teaching responsibilities, she works closely with employers to establish onsite experiences for students in certificate and associate degree programs. She is actively involved in program development based on daily experiences with the employment community in Southeastern Wisconsin. Ms. Miller also co-authors The Basics: English with Dr. Clarice Pennebaker Brantley and Effective English for Colleges with Dr. Jack Hulbert. She currently co-authors Communication Tidbits and Hotlinks¿ and is a past co-author of GrammarLinks, both regular features in the electronic journal, The Balance Sheet. Ms. Miller¿s professional memberships include National Business Education Association, International Society for Business Education, and Association for Business Communication. As a committed parent and community member, Ms. Miller has chaired fundraising events and has served on the boards of a local humane society and a nursery school in the Milwaukee area. She regularly volunteers in the community. Michele Goulet Miller received a bachelor¿s degree in business education from Western Michigan University. She received a master¿s degree in business education from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and a master¿s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Clarice Pennebaker Brantley

Dr. Clarice Pennebaker Brantley frequently conducts seminars at state, regional, and national meetings. She taught communication and other business-related courses for 37 years at the secondary, postsecondary, and university levels. She co-authors "Communication Tidbits and Hotlinks," a regular column in the electronic journal, The Balance Sheet. Dr. Brantley and Michele Goulet Miller also wrote The Basics: English. Among her publications are chapters titled "Listening" in the 2005 NBEA Yearbook and "Communication" in the 2003 NBEA Yearbook. Dr. Brantley maintains active membership in national and international professional associations: National Business Education Association, International Society for Business Education, Association for Business Communication, and Delta Pi Epsilon. A leader in community organizations, she serves on the State and Western Division Board of Directors for the Children's Home Society of Florida, She regularly participates in the Gulf Coast Economics Club, Pensacola Women's Alliance, and the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club. Her education includes earning a bachelor' degree (summa cum laude) in business administration from Valdosta State University and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi.