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GRAMMAR AND USAGE, NATURALLY takes an organic approach to grammar. By following a natural progression from foundational skills, such as parts of speech, to more complex skills, such as phases and sentence types, students build the grammar skills they need to be clear and effective writers. A deliberate emphasis on correct grammar terminology allows students to feel more comfortable with terms used in composition. “Components at Work” features give students ample opportunities to practice and combine concepts cumulative to that chapter. Students also benefit from practicing grammar skills in conjunction with reading and writing skills, reinforcing their skill set and building their confidence as readers and writers.
- The book’s flexible table of contents organization allows you to teach in a format that works best in your classroom, while still taking advantage of the organic pedagogical approach.
- End-of-chapter “Components at Work” features give students an opportunity to work with multiple grammar concepts and to integrate what they’ve learned about grammar with reading and writing skills.
- “Using Your Skills in Writing” and “Using Your Skills in Reading” features reinforce students’ skill sets and build their confidence as readers and writers.
- A focus on correctness takes the emphasis off of common error patterns and encourages students to form good writing habits. By learning what to do instead of what not to do, students are better prepared to build the foundation they need to write sentences that clearly communicate their ideas.
- Class testing has informed the tone and clarity of instruction to build an approach that works for students and instructors.
To the Instructor: Cultivating Your Students’ Growth.
To the Student: Planting the Seeds of Your Success.
Part I: THE FUNDAMENTALS.
1. Your Grammatical Roots: Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs.
Nous. Pronouns. Verbs. Components at Work.
2. Cultivating Your Grammatical Roots I: Adjective and Adverbs.
Adjectives. Adverbs. Components at Work.
3. Cultivating Your Grammatical Roots II: Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections.
Conjunctions. Prepositions. Interjections. Components at Work.
Single Subjects. Compound Subjects. Subject Pronouns. Components at Work.
5. Subjects That Don’t Look Like Subjects.
Indefinite Pronouns. The Understood You of Imperatives. Verbals: Gerunds and Infinitives. Components at Work.
Action Verbs. Linking Verbs. Helping (Auxiliary) Verbs. Components at Work.
7. Irregular Verbs.
Principal Parts of the Verb. Three Pairs of Troublesome Irregular Verbs. Components at Work.
8. Subject-Verb Agreement.
Subject-Verb Agreement Rules. Components at Work.
Clauses. Adjective and Adverb Subordinate Clauses. Punctuating Adverb Clauses. Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Adjective-Subordinate Clauses. Sentence Combining and Adjective and Adverb Subordinate Clauses. Components at Work. Reviewing Your Growth. Parts of Speech. Subjects and Verbs. Subjects That Don’t Look Like Subjects and Verbs. Clauses. Reviewing Your Growth.
Part II: THE ELEMENTS OF COMPOSITION.
10. Writing Paragraphs.
The Paragraph. The Topic and Topic Sentence. Direct and Climactic Paragraphs. Unity. Support. Coherence. Audience and Audience Analysis. The Purpose or Intent of a Paragraph. Persuasion.
11. Inventing and Organizing.
The Writing Process. Step 1: Inventing. Step 2: Organizing.
12. Drafting, Revising, and Editing.
Step 3: Drafting. Step 4: Revising. Step 5: Editing and Proofreading. Submitting Your Paper.
Part III: ENHANCING THE FUNDAMENTALS.
13. Verb Phrases: Infinitives and Participial Phrases.
Infinitive Phrases. Participial Phrases. Sentence Combining and Sentence Variety.
14. Noun Phrases: Prepositional, Absolute, and Appositive.
Prepositional Phrase. Absolute Phrase. Appositive Phrase. Components and Work.
15. Simple and Compound Sentences.
Simple Sentence. Compound Sentence. Simple and Compound Sentence Combining. Components at Work.
16. Complex and Compound Sentences.
Complex Sentence. Compound-Complex Sentence. Sentence Combining and Comples and Compound-Complex Sentences. Components at Work.
17. Verb Tenses and Mood.
Twelve Active Verb Tenses. Verbs and Mood. Components at Work.
18. Active and Passive Voice and Parallel Structure. Active Voice and Passive Voice. Parallel Structure. Components at Work.
19. Punctuation Marks.
Commas. Semicolon. Colon. Apostrophe. Dash. Quotation Marks. Hyphen. Exclamation Mark. Components at Work.
Capitalization. Fundamental Spelling Rules. Pronouns. Common Writing Errors. Confusing Words.
Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
“This is a sensible and effective approach that builds knowledge from the ground up, and the text carries out this approach effectively. The entire organic philosophy underpins and permeates the book, making for an innovative and effective text.”
“Grammar and Usage, Naturally goes beyond simply showing students what to do. It encourages students to create these elements for themselves.”