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First EditionDana Ferris©2014
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Table of Contents
- Preface for teachers: Provide suggestions for integrating the material into a course syllabus and providing effective feedback. Discussion of research informing the content and structure of the lessons and other materials in the book. References to support materials online.
- Introduction for students: Provide context for all material in the book. Discuss why errors matter (real-world audiences, clarity & effectiveness of communication for readers). Define and discuss global and local revision.
- Grammar knowledge questionnaire for students
- Diagnostic writing/error analysis activity for students/teacher to identify initial trouble spots for individuals and the whole class
- Charts for students to track their progress—also available online?
Mastering the basics (Foundation)
- Parts of Speech Review
- Understanding Subjects & Verbs
- Clause Types & Sentence Patterns
- Analyzing Vocabulary in Assigned Readings
- Cohesion & Coherence Between & Within Paragraphs
- Lexical Variety in Writing
- Grammar Power
- Punctuation Power Tackling Problem Areas (Practice)
- Strategies for Self-Editing
- Wordy Sentences
- Passive Voice
- Inaccurate Word Choice
- Informal Word Choice
- Word Form Errors
- The Big 3 Comma Errors
- Apostrophe Errors
- Other Punctuation Problems
- Pronoun Reference & Shifts
- Verb Tense (Shifts and Contrasts)
- Subject-Verb Agreement
- Sentence Boundaries (Run-Ons, Comma Splices, & Fragments)
- Noun Plurals
- The Big 3 Article Errors
- Verb Phrases (verb form issues; modals and other auxiliaries)
- Prepositions/Prepositional Phrases
Developing Academic Language & Style (Application)
- Grammar Knowledge Questionnaire
- Final Writing & Error Analysis
- Reflection & Analysis Activities