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



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



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



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


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


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.