The Uses of Grammar

By Judith Rodby; W. Ross Winterowd | Go to book overview

preface
The Uses of Grammar is the result of a painstaking process of field-testing in the classroom, refinement on the basis of student feedback, further testing, and further refinement. The authors' goal was to create the ultimately teachable textbook—without sacrificing intellectual and scholarly integrity.
FORMS, FUNCTIONS, USES
Three questions constitute the superstructure of this book. What are the forms in the grammar of American English? How do those forms function in that grammar? And how are those forms used in speaking and writing—for various audiences in diverse situations to achieve the desired purposes?
FEATURES
We believe that these features will make The Uses of Grammar effective and interesting:
Boxed materials, including “Challenger” and “For Discussion” items, will stretch the students' understanding of the principles presented in the text and encourage classroom discussion of concepts.
The examples illustrating principles and the items in the exercises throughout the text reflect real-life language use: quotations from celebrities, periodicals, literature, and a wide array of “everyday” language users.
The end-of-chapter “Passages for Analysis” sections allow students to think about and analyze the uses of forms and functions in contexts that are more extensive than the snippets given in the exercises.
The Instructor's Manual accompanying The Uses of Grammar contains (1) an alternate table of contents, enabling instructors to base their courses on the traditional structure, moving from parts of speech to phrases, clauses, and sentences; (2) answer keys to all of the exercises in the book; and (3) some of the authors' ideas about teaching grammar.

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