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A Sentence a Day: Short, Playful Proofreading Exercises to Help Students Avoid Tripping Up When They Write Paperback – January 1, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1877673733 ISBN-10: 1877673730

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Samantha Prust is a freelance writer who has contributed materials for many language arts textbooks. She is a writer and editor for Cottonwood Press.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877673730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877673733
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Hanson on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is very what-you-see-is-what-you-get: 200 daily oral language sentences (DOL) for students. This book makes it easy for teachers to do such exercises without having to prepare them on their own. Given the lively, and sometimes goofy, subject matter of the sentences, in addition to the level of grammar tested, I think it is best suited for 4th-6th graders.

The grammar elements explored are basic: capitalization, word confusion, misspelling, dependent clauses that start with "because" acting as sentence fragments, common spelling errors/phonics (our/are, kn for "n" sound, etc.), tense shift within a sentence, appositive phrases, contractions, double negatives, comma usage, etc. The book does not focus a lot on participial phrases, subject/verb agreement, pronoun/antecedent agreement, adverb/adjective confusion, pronoun selection, compound/complex sentences, and more advanced sentence construction issues-- hence my grade level recommendations above.

My only complaint is that the teacher "key" that explains each of the sentence mistakes is difficult to navigate at a glance. It would be helpful if the answer key had underlined the corrected words or punctuation portions, so that you didn't have to glance back and forth to compare the right sentence to the wrong sentence and figure out each mistake. Alternatively, a "red-lined" version of the sentence, with hand written corrective marks, would also be easier to navigate. The good news is, if you own your copy, you can red line or highlight it yourself.

Second, the answer explanations are a little verbose and prose-like, and difficult to take in at a glance. I have used some books that have keys that bullet point the grammar rule, so teachers can see instantly what the problem is using key terms.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morgan on June 5, 2007
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It's about time that someone took it upon herself to demystify the writing process for our nation's youth. As a former college instructor, I cannot adequately express my dismay at how many of my students, products of both public and private schools, could not find it in themselves to construct a grammatically correct sentence that accurately communicated the sentiments they wished to express.

The damage is done and there is blame enough for all to share, but what remains is the undeniable fact that we have become a nation of sloppy speakers and horrendous writers. In A Sentence A Day, Ms. Prust wisely chooses to ignore the cause of our communicative maladies and focuses instead on teaching young writers crucial proofreading skills. At first blush, this would seem akin to teaching a duck to play Stravinsky.

Improbably, it works.

To accomplish what would otherwise amount to a Sisyphean task, Ms. Prust employs a seemingly endless series of light-hearted exercises, each devilishly devised to illustrate more increasingly complicated concepts while reinforcing good, albeit criminally ignored, proofreading habits. The exercises are concise and succeed in being amusing without seeming childish; something of utmost importance when attempting to reach children. In addition, the Notes section of each exercise will prove invaluable to teachers and unsure parents, as well as students working through the exercises on their own.

Rarely does one encounter a book that so succinctly states its purpose and then provides payoff. A Sentence A Day is long overdue and should quickly find its way into the curriculum of anyone who earns a paycheck teaching communication skills to children.

I do, unfortunately, have one bone to pick with Ms. Prust and Cottonwood Press. When will we see the adult edition of A Sentence A Day?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Mcdonell on June 28, 2007
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I just received my copy and I cannot wait for classes to start. This is a small concise book that will make my job teaching so much easier. This book is packed full of useful information that I will use everyday. I am definitely not an expert on the English language and this resource explains all the little idiosyncrasies we all forget to use on a regular basis.

Areas of focus are denoted by the "foot notes" at the bottom of the page. Each page tagged by a cute little pair of sneakers stating the areas emphasized for the day adds to the whimsy of writing and not to the drudgery of a typical boring English lesson.

In the Notes sections the explanations of rules are presented simply and concisely. There are ideas to remember a rule or tricky spelling, along with examples of student arguments and how to explain the reasoning for the rule.

This is a straight forward teacher resource that will easily fit on my desk this fall. What a wonderful addition to my writing workshop library.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2010
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I've been teaching middle school for fifteen years, and I'm always looking for a better way to teach grammar. I've used different sentence correcting methods over the years, and I was hoping this one would be perfect.

While the sentences do work on grammar skills, there is little to no systematic organization of the lessons. I like to work on a couple different grammar skills each week, and this book doesn't have any way to progress through specific skills. Rather, it provides random practice for different skills each day.

I end up using one or two sentences at the beginning of the week, and then modifying (writing my own) the other sentences to match the skills I'm working on.

If you don't need a systematic approach to practicing grammar and just want to help remind students about overall grammar skills, get this book. If you need to help build foundational grammar skills, this book probably isn't the one for you.
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