what is a good grammar that i can purchase at a managable cost?need a grammar book with more than just basic english. need to teach different forms of grammar like verb tenses, sentence structures,...

what is a good grammar that i can purchase at a managable cost?

need a grammar book with more than just basic english. need to teach different forms of grammar like verb tenses, sentence structures, info about parts of speech, stuff for essays, info about punctuations, and more top intermediate level of english. suggestion of good websites would also be a good help. thanks.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I currently use a resource called Daily Grammar Practice by Dawn Burnette. This is a $30.00 resource, and it is available in versions from grade 1 to college. Simply put it provides intense grammar foucus using one sentence for the entire week. (This way your students are not learning new grammar on new material.) Every Monday, students will identify the provided parts of speech for their sentence. Every Tuesday, students will identify the provided sentence parts. Every Wednesday they will identify clauses and sentence types. Every Thursday they will edit. Fridays are for diagramming. (And no they won't ever have to do it once they leave school, but this concentration on sentences and how they work begin to show improvement in their writing.)

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I have used Strunk and White's Elements of Style and it does a good job addressing most all grammar. I would caution you against looking for a text that will be a "fix all" for grammar. My experience is that students become better writers through practice and feedback rather than drill.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There are a lot of different ways to go when grammar books are concerned. In my opinion, a lot of huge grammar books are just too big and too expensive. I think something small such as Strunk and White's Elements of Style is a great book. It offers common grammatical mistakes and some good pointers on style. Another good sized book is Grammatically Correct. It is more comprehensive. But again my theory is that if you master the little book (Elements of Style), then you are well on your way to becoming a great writer. And this book is enough. I have the amazon link on the bottom and if you order it used, it is even cheaper. I have link to my website as well, since I love grammar, also I have a lot of book search engines.

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ajacks | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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I’ve used a couple of good texts:

Hult, C. & Huckin, T. (2005). The new century handbook (3rd ed.). New York: Pearson/Longman.

Troyka, L & Hesse, D. (2007). Simon & Schuster handbook for writers (8th ed.). Upper Sadlle River, NJ:

Pearson/Prentice Hall.

These are very thorough, but like any good English handbook, they can be overwhelming to students because of that.

I recommend using the Internet if your students have access to the Internet. There are many great sources, but my two favorites are:

The Purdue Online Writing Lab, or OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Guide to Grammar and Writing: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

I constantly find myself referring back to them, and have my students use them religiously. Not only do they have good information, there are plenty of links to other online writing labs.



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