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The Language Mechanic

Tuning Up English With Logic

Grades: 4-7

Language Arts

Grades: 4-7

Language Arts

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Description & Features

Is there any logic to the rules for grammar? Yes! The lessons and activities in this 184-page book use fun examples to teach English grammar and punctuation. It not only teaches the rules of language mechanics; it reinforces the rules by explaining the logic behind them. This book shows examples and gives practice in applying the rules. Finally, students will understand the "why" behind the rules of the English language!

Lessons begin with a "grabber"–a humorous miscommunication that results when a rule is broken. These examples are followed by an explanation of the specific rule, the logic behind it, and guided and independent practice. This book includes presentation and reinforcement suggestions, answers, a glossary, and a compare/contrast organizer.

    • Capitalization
    • Run-Ons
    • Fragments
    • Pronouns
    • Modifiers
    • Verbs
    • Agreement
    • Unnecessary Words
    • Punctuation
    • Friendly Letter
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary

Product Details

Item#: 01801BBP
Author(s): M. A. Hockett
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 0-89455-761-0
ISBN–13: 978-0-89455-761-3
Pages: 184


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"My grammar-resistant" student says the lessons are helping her get the logic behind the rules. Language Mechanic is as fun as grammar gets."" - Sheila, Asheville, NC
"A great, playful way to show students that English really does have some reasons for the rules. If you have a sense of humor but are serious about preparing students to proofread their work, to take standardized tests, or just to understand the basics of their own language, I strongly recommend this book. More than anything else I've found, it helps take the drudgery out of grammar." - Linda, Castroville, CA
"High quality instruction. Very clear language rules and explanations. Easy-to-follow and good for reference." - Eliza, Lincoln City, OR
"This book is nice because it goes through step by step and is easy to follow. My daughter is doing extremely well and she likes it a lot." - Diane, Kentucky
"Great book, east to use! Both for the student and parent." - Marie, Washington
"This book was a great beginning for us to use in reviewing grammar. It is my son's favorite." - Anita, Indiana
"I think The Language Mechanic must be as fun as grammar gets." - Sheila, Teacher, North Carolina

Test preparation available for the following:

Language Mechanic guarantees top performance on assessment tests including

California Achievement Tests (CAT/5)
TerraNova (CTBS) / TerraNova, The Second Edition (CAT/6)
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR)
Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
Stanford Achievement Test™10)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
Maryland School Performance Assessment (MSPSP)
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)
and many more!