Author: Samantha Prust
Product Code: 6012
ISBN: 9781877673733
Pages: 208
Availability: In stock.

Many teachers have adopted the daily proofreading exercises published by large companies as a way to help students practice finding and correcting errors. Sadly, many students have fallen asleep over these same exercises.

Ordinary daily proofreading exercises try to do too much—i.e., force-feed facts and information as they also try to teach writing. A Sentence a Day takes a different approach. It focuses on short, playful, interesting sentences with a sense of humor. Students receive proofreading practice in daily doses that don't overwhelm. Each exercise should take only a few minutes of class time, allowing for frequent, consistent reinforcement and practice of serious writing skills.

Each page of the book shows an incorrect sentence, a sample correction, and notes for the teacher.

Grades 6–9


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by Mark Olson
on 6/24/2012
from Mexico City
A sentence a day
I teach a graduate level course on technical writing in English at a large public university in Mexico. Comma splices and incomplete sentences are fairly common in Spanish, so my students often write with them in English. I was looking for a friendly set of exercises to help them learn to recognize correct sentence structure, and I came across Samantha Prust’s A Sentence a Day. The untied shoelaces and casual sneakers on the cover immediately told me that this was a book that would be inviting to my students rather than intimidating. When I opened it, the first exercise was an example of a comma splice; the next was of an incomplete sentence. I knew I had found just the book I needed! The book shows students that they can become just as comfortable with the written word as they are with their favorite sneakers, and (in what other grammar book can you find phrases like “deep fried twinkies”?) have fun in the process. 
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