Core Grammar for College: Teacher's Manual
CORE GRAMMAR FOR COLLEGE (Carolina Academic Press 2013)
36 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2013
Date Written: May 1, 2013
Writing well is not easy, but it is a critical skill for success in college and in life. Yet many of us worry that there are key grammar conventions used in college-level writing that we do not fully understand. Core Grammar for College (CGC) is an online, self-directed learning tool designed to help students learn the most critical grammar conventions needed to succeed in college-level writing. CGC includes the following elements:
(1) a series of carefully selected Lessons, clustered in six Sections, that teach critical grammar skills in the context of writing and revision; (2) interactive Exercises (with hints and immediately reinforcing feedback) following each Lesson that allow students to actively apply the grammar skills covered in that Lesson; (3) a Pre-Test and series of Post-Tests that allow students (and their Instructors) to assess the students' mastery of the grammar skills covered in CGC; (4) a "Weigh-In" game that gives students an opportunity to complete more interactive Exercises while keeping a record of their success; and (5) additional online resources that include a hyperlinked grammar Rules Index and a Glossary of grammar terms.
Best of all, CGC will not waste a student's time. A student who can demonstrate mastery of a concept in the opening Pre-Test can "test out" of the corresponding Lesson, preserving energy to focus on the remaining Lessons. In addition, students can track their progress through CGC using a home page that retains their scores on tests and records their progress through Lessons and Exercises.
Keywords: grammar, rhetoric, composition, writing, pedagogy
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