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About This Book v About the Author v Dedication vi Acknowledgments vi Standards Grid xvii Introduction 1 SECTION ONE PARTS OF SPEECH 3 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 5 Diagnostic Test 1: Parts of Speech 6 Diagnostic Test 2: Parts of Speech 7 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES 9 Nouns 1.1 Nouns 10 1.1A Plus a Quotation 11 1.1B Nouns Abound in the Classroom 12 Pronouns 1.2 Pronouns 13 1.2A Two at a Time 15 1.2B Naming the Pronouns 16 Adjectives 1.3 Adjectives 17 1.3A And a Trip to the Zoo 19 1.3B Listing Three Adjectives 20 Verbs 1.4 Verbs 21 1.4A Where the Boys Are 23 1.4B Connecting Verbs and Vocabulary 24 1.4C You Will Not Need Help Here 25 Adverbs 1.5 Adverbs 26 1.5A Scrambled Up for You! 28 1.5B Dressing Up 29 Prepositions 1.6 Prepositions 30 1.6A Finding the Four Words 32 Conjunctions 1.7 Conjunctions 33 1.7A Appropriately Chosen! 34 Interjections 1.8 Interjections 35 1.8A With Great Feeling!!! 36 REVIEW ACTIVITIES 37 Review Activity 1: O What an Activity! 38 Review Activity 2: Finding the Missing Link 39 Review Activity 3: Checking Out the Two Sentences 40 FINAL TESTS 42 Final Test 1 43 Final Test 2 44 SECTION TWO PARTS OF A SENTENCE 45 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 47 Diagnostic Test 1: The Parts of a Sentence 48 Diagnostic Test 2: Prepositional and Verbal Phrases 49 Diagnostic Test 3: Complements 50 Diagnostic Test 4: Subordinate Clauses 51 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES 52 Simple Subjects 2.1 Simple Subjects 53 2.1A Look for Something Easy 54 Complete Subjects 2.2 Complete Subjects 55 2.2A Healthy Advice 56 Subjects in Unusual Positions 2.3Subjects in Unusual Positions 57 2.3A You Name Them 58 Simple Predicates 2.4 Simple Predicates 59 2.4A Matching Them Up 60 Compound Verbs 2.5 Compound Verbs 61 2.5A A Walk in the Park 62 Complete Predicates 2.6 Complete Predicates 63 2.6A Yours to Complete 64 Verb Phrases 2.7 Verb Phrases 66 2.7A Phasing In Verb Phrases 67 Prepositional Phrases 2.8 Prepositional Phrases 68 2.8A Hidden Prepositional Phrases 69 2.8B One to a Sentence 70 Adjective Phrases 2.9 Adjective Phrases 71 2.9A Making Sense of the Adjective Phrase 72 Adverb Phrases 2.10 Adverb Phrases 74 2.10A Traveling the World 75 Appositives 2.11 Appositives 76 2.11A Be Positive About Appositives 77 Prepositional Phrases 2.12 Misplaced Prepositional Phrases 79 2.12A Misplaced Information 80 Participles and Participle Phrases 2.13 Participles and Participle Phrases 81 2.13A Find the Six 82 Gerunds 2.14 Gerunds 83 2.14A Five Apiece 84 Infinitives 2.15 Infinitives 85 2.15A Each of the Three Gets Five 87 2.15B Infinitive Goals 88 Direct Objects 2.16 Direct Objects 89 2.16A Five-Letter Words 90 Indirect Objects 2.17 Indirect Objects 91 2.17A Find the Thirty Letters 92 Predicate Nominatives and Predicate Adjectives 2.18 Predicate Nominatives and Predicate Adjectives 93 2.18A Two to One 94 Adverb Clauses 2.19 Adverb Clauses 95 2.19A Nine Is Fine 96 Adjective Clauses 2.20 Adjective Clauses 97 2.20A Underlining Issues 98 Noun Clauses 2.21 Noun Clauses 99 2.21A Functionally Speaking 100 REVIEW ACTIVITIES 101 Review Activity 1: Adjective and Adverb Phrases 102 Review Activity 2: Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Participle Phrases 103 Review Activity 3: Filling in the Clauses 104 FINAL TESTS 105 Final Test 1: Verbal Phrases 106 Final Test 2: Phrases 107 Final Test 3: Complements 108 Final Test 4: Clauses and Verbal Phrases 109 Final Test 5: Subordinate Clauses 111 SECTION THREE SENTENCES 113 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 115 Diagnostic Test 1: Complete and Incomplete Sentences 116 Diagnostic Test 2: Sentences by Purpose117 Diagnostic Test 3: Sentences by Structure 118 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES 119 Fragments 3.1 The Fragment 120 3.1A Half a Score for Each 121 Run-Ons 3.2 Run-Ons 122 3.2A Let's Get It Right! 123 Sentences 3.3 Types of Sentences by Purpose 124 3.3A Spelling It All Out 125 3.3B Sentences by Purpose 126 Simple Sentences 3.4 The Simple Sentence 127 3.4A Quite Simply 128 Compound Sentences 3.5 Compound Sentences 129 3.5A Don't Be Confounded 130 Complex Sentences 3.6 Complex Sentences 131 3.6A What's Left Should Be Enough 132 Compound-Complex Sentences 3.7 Compound-Complex Sentences 133 3.7A It's Not That Complex! 134 Sentence Starters 3.8 Starting a Sentence 135 3.8A Seven Starters 136 Diagramming 3.9 Diagramming Subjects, Predicates, Modifiers, and Complements (Review) 138 3.9A Diagramming Subjects, Predicates, Modifiers,and Complements 141 3.10 Diagramming Compound Elements andPrepositional Phrases 142 3.10A Diagramming Compound Elements and Prepositional Phrases 144 3.11 Diagramming Verbals and Clauses 145 3.11A Diagramming Verbals and Clauses 149 REVIEW ACTIVITIES 150 Review Activity 1: Sentences by Structure 151 Review Activity 2: A Part Here, A Part There, and Another Part There. . . 152 Review Activity 3: Combining Sentences 153 Review Activity 4: Let's Combine Some More Sentences 155 FINAL TESTS 156 Final Test 1: Complete and Incomplete Sentences 157 Final Test 2: Sentences by Purpose 158 Final Test 3: Sentences Classified According to Structure 159 Final Test 4: Which Is the Best Sentence? 160 SECTION FOUR USAGE 163 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 165 Diagnostic Test 1: Agreement 166 Diagnostic Test 2: Verb Tenses 167 Diagnostic Test 3: Cases 168 Diagnostic Test 4: Words Often Confused 169 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES 170 Subject-Verb Agreement 4.1 Agreement of Subjects and Verbs 171 4.1A What's Her Name? 172 Prepositional Phrases Agreement 4.2 Agreement Involving Prepositional Phrases 173 4.2A Let's Concur! 174 Indefinite Pronoun Agreement 4.3 Indefinite Pronoun Agreement 175 4.3A Who Wins? 176 Compound Subjects 4.4 Compound Subjects 177 4.4A Two or More (Subjects) at a Time 178 Irregular Verbs 4.5 Irregular Verbs 179 4.5A Big and Small (Irregular Verbs) 183 Tense 4.6 Regular Verbs and Tense 185 4.6A It's All in the Numbers 186 Active and Passive Voices 4.7 Active and Passive Voices 187 4.7A It's Better in the Active Voice 188 Transitive and Intransitive Verbs 4.8 Transitive and Intransitive Verbs 189 4.8A College's Orange 190 Nominative Case 4.9 Nominative Case 191 4.9A Looking for 29 192 Objects of the Preposition 4.10 Objects of the Preposition 193 4.10A All Objects Should Be Located! 195 Objective Case 4.11 Objective Case 196 4.11A The Letter A 197 Possessive Case 4.12 Possessive Case 198 4.12A Three in a Row 199 Who Versus Whom 4.13 Who Versus Whom 200 4.13A Ten Times 202 Modifiers 4.14 Comparisons of Modifiers 203 4.14A Half and Half 204 Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 4.15 Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 206 4.15A Only Five 208 Usage Words 4.16 Usage Words 209 4.16A Be Upbeat! 217 4.16B More Usage Words 219 4.16C Knowing When to Use What 220 Words Often Confused 4.17 Words Often Confused (Part One) 222 4.17A Add Up the Points 224 4.18 Words Often Confused (Part Two) 226 4.18A Parade of Animals 228 4.19 Words Often Confused (Part Three) 229 4.19A Shady Characters 231 4.20 Words Often Confused (Part Four) 233 4.20A A Balancing Act 235 Double Negatives 4.21 Double Negatives 236 4.21A This Can't Get No Harder! 237 REVIEW ACTIVITIES 238 Review Activity: Words Often Confused 239 FINAL TESTS 241 Final Test 1: Agreement 242 Final Test 2: Verb Tenses 243 Final Test 3: Verb Tenses 244 Final Test 4: Cases 245 Final Test 5: Words Often Confused 246 SECTION FIVE MECHANICS 247 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 249 Diagnostic Test 1: Capitalization 250 Diagnostic Test 2: Commas 251 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES 252 Capitalization 5.1 Capitalization 253 5.1A Half and Half 254 5.1B Sporting Around 255 5.1C Ten Letters at a Time 257 Spelling 5.2 100 Challenging Spelling Words 259 5.2A Finding the Missing Letters 260 Commas 5.3 Commas 261 5.3A Why We Use Commas (Part One) 262 5.3B Why We Use Commas (Part Two) 264 Apostrophes 5.4 Apostrophes 265 5.4A Showing Your Apostrophe Skills 266 Quotation Marks 5.5 Quotation Marks 267 5.5A Quotation Marks in Every Sentence 268 Punctuation 5.6 Semicolons, Colons, Italics, and Hyphens 269 5.6A Working with Punctuation 271 5.6B Using Semicolons, Colons, Italics, and Hyphens 272 5.7 Brackets, Parentheses, Ellipsis Marks, and Dashes 273 5.7A Proper Punctuation, Please! (Brackets, Parentheses, Ellipsis Marks, and Dashes) 274 End Marks 5.8 End Marks 275 5.8A Putting the End Mark in Its Place 276 REVIEW ACTIVITIES 277 Review Activity 1: Traveling Along 278 Review Activity 2: Showing Your Comma Skills 279 Review Activity 3: Inserting Commas 281 Review Activity 4: Writing and Punctuating 282 FINAL TESTS 283 Final Test 1: Capitalization 284 Final Test 2: Commas 285 SECTION SIX MEETING THE TESTS HEAD-ON 287 Past Participles 6.1 The Past Participles of Irregular Verbs 289 Prepositions 6.2 Pairing the Prepositions 290 Phrases 6.3 Clauses and Verbal Phrases 291 6.4 Phrasing It the Correct Way 293 Sentence Construction 6.5 Placing the Words in Their Proper Places 295 6.6 Placing the Phrases and Clauses as Directed 296 Sentence Deconstruction 6.7 Picking Apart the Sentences 297 6.8 Let's Pick Apart Another Sentence 298 Sentence Reconstruction 6.9 Putting It All Together 299 6.10 Putting the Sentences Together-Bit by Bit 300 6.11 Putting the Sentences Together Again-Bit by Bit 301 Editing 6.12 Is There an Error? (Part One) 302 6.13 Is There an Error? (Part Two) 303 6.14 Can You Find the Two Errors? 304 6.15 What's Wrong Here? 305 6.16 Which Is the Best Sentence? 307 Answer Key 309 Index 363

About the Author

THE AUTHOR JACK UMSTATTER taught English at the junior high, middle school, and high school levels for more than thirty years. A three-time Teacher of the Year, Umstatter is the best-selling author of 15 books including Grammar Grabbers!, Hooked on English!, and English Brainstormers! He currently conducts both local and national teacher-training workshops in the areas of reading, writing, poetry, and curriculum.

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