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Grammar By Diagram - Second Edition Workbook: Understanding English Grammar Through Traditional Sentence Diagraming 2nd Edition

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“Rejoice! After years of neglect, sentence diagraming can unapologetically return to college courses. Cindy Vitto’s Grammar by Diagram makes this a fruitful return by using diagraming first to lay bare the structural bones of English and then to demonstrate ways in which writers use these components to create effective sentences. Through diagraming, students see that a strong sentence is a purposefully structured unit and not a set of words aimlessly strung together. Thus Grammar by Diagram not only gives students skills for crafting better sentences but also tools for examining language with greater care.” ― Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University

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Structured to follow each chapter of Grammar by Diagram, second edition, this workbook includes practice exercises, including cumulative exercises through which students can check their progress at key points, and a “final exam” to test knowledge of the entire text. A summary of concepts for each chapter and a complete answer key are also included.

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press; 2nd edition (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551119013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551119014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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first point - this is the workbook, not the textbook. amazon has really mucked this up. get both.
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UPDATE : 2012_0323 the isbn for the textbook is 1551117789. if you enter that in the search box, the textbook will come up.
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further note - if you use the isbn number, amazon shows you the textbook, but no way to buy it. the other formats link takes you to the workbook. go to the publisher - broadview press. the price to buy from them is $46.95.
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this is by far the best grammar book out there. nothing is even close. i spent alot of time searching for good grammar books. i have both the lobeck and the huddleston books. they would be applicable as a second or third book if you want to get serious about in depth linguistics study. 'grammar by diagram' is the book you want to begin with [with which you want to begin]. it covers the basics well without going into mind-numbing detail. other grammars either skip over the basics and jump right into techno-babble or go on and on and on until your eyes glaze. ms vitto explains the concepts clearly and concisely, and then extracts the key points into easy to use forms that aid significantly in the analyses of the sentences.
for those looking for an esl book -- this ain't it. it does not spend page after page asking you to chose between me and mine, do, does and did, etc. she does spend time on the words that give even native speakers problems (eg., putting -ly on the end of adverbs, how to determine between who or whom).
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In the spring of 2007, I found myself standing in front of a class of very bright high school honors students who were asking me to teach them grammar: "Teach us grammar!" they begged. "No one has ever taught us grammar!" It has now been exactly five years since that strange request, and that is why I want to leave this comment today, that, and the pile of papers to grade that I am trying my very best to ignore.

I had never received such a strange request, and frankly, I was somewhat embarrassed by it, even perplexed, for I had never really been formally and systematically taught grammar. I did not know how to do it. All I could do was turn to some lame, hit-and-miss worksheets. How should I teach them to dig into language, to grasp its complexity? I did not know where to begin.

I knew much about "the writing process" from Donald Murray and how to help students with their language within the context of their writing, as Constance Weaver had taught me, but I did not know where to begin with a formal, systematic instruction in grammar. In my heart and in spite of what I had been taught in my progressive Education classes, I knew that this ironic circumstance was the equivalent of a high school chemistry teacher being asked to teach about molecules and not having the ability to do so. It was not a proud moment for me.

Years earlier I had graduated with honors from a state university here in Michigan, where I had earned a degree in English and a Michigan teaching certificate. But let me tell you a dirty little secret: In spite of our certifications and diplomas, most American English teachers today do not know grammar because, even if they had wanted to teach us, our teachers did not know grammar.
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I have read and used several books on diagramming. This book is the best I have seen so far. The grammar section at the beginning is thorough. The author even has a quick page on parsing. The text and layout make the book easy to read and use. Everything I have to say is positive. Diagramming with this book's help is an amazing method to see language as more than words thrown together.

I also recommend Rex Barks for additional practice and another way to look at parts of speech. Everything a squirrel can do to a tree is a great way to remember prepositions. Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog makes a nice introduction to diagramming and discusses the history of diagramming, but doesn't really teach it.
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