Conventions 101: A Functional Approach to Teaching (And Assessing!) Grammar and Punctuation

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Chauna Ramsey, Columbia Gorge Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Reviewed by Marie Lechelt, ESL/English Instructor and Writing Center Co-director, Riverland Community College, on 12/6/2016.

This text does exactly what it says it does in the introduction. It covers many errors in grammar and punctuation that are commonly made by our … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jean Mittelstaet, Writing instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 2/9/2017.

The text provides material for teachers and students to preassess, teach, practice, and assess the correct use of the conventions of standard Written … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amelia Kaspari, Part Time Faculty, Chemeketa Community College, on 4/12/2017.

This book has a relatively focused scope: common errors that high school and college students make regarding spelling of common words, punctuation, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kelly Meyer, English Faculty, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The text offers very good coverage of some of the most frequent convention errors and most common points of grammar confusion in student writing. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Aydelott, Adjunct Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text is aptly named Conventions 101, since it is an introductory approach to English usage. A more advanced text would include more linguistic … read more

 

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Reviewed by Annick Todd, ESL Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

Note that this review is only of the PDF version of the text, which was discovered to be less complete than the other versions. Chauna Ramsey’s … read more

 

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Reviewed by Martha Kuchar, Professor, Roanoke College, on 6/21/2017.

The book does not aim for comprehensiveness, nor should it. It is a troubleshooting guide for students who persist in certain errors. These are … read more

 

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Reviewed by Megan Heiman, English Instructor, Vermilion Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text covers many of the "confusables" that college students in developmental writing class need practice with, including homonyms and words … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jennifer Ruden, ESOL Instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The title is true to the content in that both grammar and punctuation is broken down in a very easy to find and teach way. However, I would say that … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dean LeBret, ABE/GED instructor, Linn Benton Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This is a text regarding the application of grammatical conventions. There is one cited reference, but the content does not really seem to need … read more

 

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Reviewed by Corrie Larson, Adjunct Instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The title of the book leads the reader to expect more variety in the conventions covered. There are no units about adjective/adverb confusion, tense … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • First Things First: Conventions Pre-Test
  • Unit 1: A Lot; There, They're, Their; To, Two, Too
  • Unit 2: Your, You're; Its, It's; Woman,Women
  • Unit 3: Where, Were; Could Have, Could "Of"; Lose, Loose
  • Unit 4: Whose, Who's; Fewer, Less; Choose, Chose
  • Unit 5: Accept, Except; Who vs That; Lose, Loose
  • Unit 6: All Ready, Already; I vs Me; Affect, Effect
  • Unit 7: Everyday, Every Day; Defiant, Definite
  • Unit 8: Capitalizing Pronouns; All Right vs "Alright"
  • Unit 9: Commas in a Series; Commas After Introductory Phrases
  • Unit 10: Commas with "So," "Or," "But," "And"; Commas with Interrupting Elements
  • Unit 11: Comma Review
  • Unit 12: Fragments and Run-Ons
  • Unit 13: Semicolons
  • Unit 14: Punctuation and End Quotation Marks; Punctuating Titles
  • Unit 15: Colons
  • Unit 16: Apostrophe Pre-Assessment
  • Unit 17: Apostrophes
  • Unit 18: Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Unit 19: Final Exam; "Rejected" Notice; Cheat Sheet

About the Book

This is a collection of cumulative units of study for conventional errors common in student writing. It’s flexible, functional, and zeroes in problems typically seen in writing of all types, from the eternal “there/they’re/their” struggle to correct colon use. Units are organized from most simple to most challenging.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Chauna Ramsey grew up in Dundee, Oregon and now lives in Hood River, where she has taught for over twenty years at Hood River Valley High School.