Summary: Commonsense help for the most common errors. Using a straightforward, practice-oriented approach, A Commonsense Guide helps students learn to identify and correct common errors, including fragments, run-ons, problems with subject/verb agreement, problems with verb tenses and forms, and ESL trouble spots.
A minimum of grammatical terms means easy access to learning. The text's explanations and tips are written in clear, everyday language, so students will be ...show more confident about (rather than intimidated by) what they are learning. Emphasis is placed on learning how to identify and correct errors -- not on learning terminology. The table of contents includes a sample error for each lesson so students do not have to rely on grammatical terminology to locate a lesson or specific coverage.
Unique "commonsense tips" provide intuitive reminders. Each lesson includes at least one handy tip -- a commonsense way of thinking about an error. The tips, enclosed in easy-to-locate boxes, rely not on complex grammatical rules, but on intuitive, practical strategies that writers actually use.
Consistent organization, carefully sequenced content, and plenty of exercises help students learn to fix problems. Consistent and practical organization of each lesson ensures that students immediately become comfortable with a predictable and reliable learning pattern. Each lesson includes sample errors; a straightforward explanation of the problem and its causes; a diagnostic exercise; commonsense correction strategies; and first sentence-level and then paragraph-level exercises that teach students to edit their own writing. The abundance of exercises in the book and updated exercises on the web give students ample opportunity to practice what they learn, while answers to some exercises in the back of the book and immediate feedback on the web allow students to measure their progress.
User-friendly design provides quick access. The spiral-bound, two-color format, tabbed unit dividers, boxed tips and checklists, and hand-edited sentences comprise an easy reference tool that students can use on their own.
Flexible format allows instructors to customize their course. Lessons are self-contained so instructors can use the text to assign lessons and units to an entire class or to refer students to individual lessons for self-study and additional practice. ...show less