Grammar Moves: Shaping Who You Are

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Grammar Moves: Shaping Who You Are helps students understand how the grammatical moves they make reveal their personality traits and present their persona to their readers. The text's rhetorical approach emphasizes the transformative power that grammar choices can have on a writer and helps students develop the personality the wish to portray in their writing. Writers can use the imperative mood to suggest control, colons to be assertive, parenthesis to keep the conversation real, and even commas to present an organized persona. By showing students how seemingly small choices can help them manage the impression they make on readers, Grammar Moves: Shaping Who You Are helps students become more deliberate writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205742011
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 457,688
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents



Part 1. You, the Doer

Ch. 1. Grammar for Being Assertive: The Colon

A Few Basics

Colons... and who you want to be

Having Your Turn

Try This

Ch. 2. Grammar for Being Proactive: Active Voice

A Few Basics

Active Voice... and who you want to be

Living Pro-actively

Writing and Speaking Pro-actively

...Even in the Third Person

Try This

Ch. 3. Grammar for Being Practical: Prepositions

A Few Basics

Prepositions... and who you want to be

Prepositions We Owe to Other People

Those We Owe Ourselves

Try This

Ch. 4. Grammar for Being In Charge: The Imperative

A Few Basics

Imperatives...and who you want to be


Building Up to It

Gentle Imperatives

Try This

Ch. 5. Grammar for Being Organized: Commas

A Few Basics

Commas... and who you want to be

Beyond Doing It By Feeling

Try This

Ch. 6. Grammar for Being Optimistic: “But”

A Few Basics

But... and who you want to be


Alternatives to “But”

Try This

Part 2. You, the Friend

Ch. 7. Grammar for Being Empathetic: Modifiers

A Few Basics

Modifiers... and who you want to be

The Failure to Put Oneself in the Reader’s Place

Examples–Funny and Unfunny

Try This

Ch. 8. Grammar for Being Respectful: Apostrophes

A Few Basics

Apostrophes... and who you want to be

What They’re Good For, Really

Try This

Ch. 9. Grammar for Being Trusting: Cutting Down on Exclamation Points and Intensifiers

A Few Basics

Exclamation Points, Intensifiers... and who you want to be

Earning a Listener’s Trust

Developing Trust in Yourself

Try This

Ch. 10. Grammar for Being “Real”: Contractions, Parentheses, Etc.

A Few Basics

Contradictions, Parentheses, etc.... and who you want to be

Five Ways to Create Voice

A Cautionary Note

Try This

Ch. 11. Grammar for Being Diplomatic: Semicolons

A Few Basics

Semicolons... and who you want to be

What We and the Semicolon Have in Common

A Punctuation Mark for This Age

Doing Without Thanks

Try This

Ch. 12. Grammar for Being Generous: Cumulative Sentences

A Few Basics

Periodic and Cumulative Sentences... and who you want to be

The Generous Writer

Front-Loading and Back-Loading

Try This

Ch. 13. Grammar for Being Intimate: Ellipses

A Few Basics

Ellipses... and who you want to be

Everyday Ellipses

The Secret to the Bonding Power of a Joke

Love Above All

Try This

Ch. 14. Grammar for Being Forgiving: Past Tense

A Few Basics

Past Tense... and who you want to be

The Problem with the Present Tense

The Past Tense Alternative

Try This

Ch. 15. Grammar for Being Expressive: Sentence Length, Etc.

A Few Basics

Sentence Length, Etc.... and who you want to be

The Musical Effect of Placement

The Musical Effect of Repetition

The Musical Effect of Sentence Length

Try This

Part 3. You, the Thinker

Ch. 16. Grammar for Being Open-Minded: Cross-Outs

A Few Basics

Cross-Outs... and who you want to be

Normal Everyday Inquiry

Close-Minded vs. Open-Minded

The Sound of Crossing Out

Try This

Ch. 17. Grammar for Being Adaptable: Adverbial Provisos

A Few Basics

Adverbial Provisos... and who you want to be

“Will” as Straitjacket

A Way Out

Try This

Ch. 18. Grammar for Being Capable of Dealing with Complexity: The Cues of Complication

A Few Basics

Cues of Complication... and who you want to be

Tips for Avoiding Simple-Mindedness

Try This

Ch. 19. Grammar for Being Well-Mentored: A Special Use of the Present Tense

A Few Basics

A Special Use of the Present Tense... and who you want to be

Grammatical Time Warp

Try This

Ch. 20. Grammar for Being Honorable: Quotation Marks

A Few Basics

Quotation Marks... and who you want to be

What They Call It At School

Try This

Ch. 21. Grammar for Being Modest: “I”

A Few Basics

Saying “I”... and who you want to be

“Me, Me, Me”

Striking a Humble Balance

The I in Storytelling

A Final Word on I

Try This

Ch. 22. Grammar for Being Rebellious: Breaking the Rules

A Few Basics

Breaking Rules... and who you want to be

Using Grammar to Climb Kohlberg’s Hierarchy


Try This

A Grammarian’s Wish

Appendix A: Uses of the Passive Voice

Appendix B: MLA Citation Style

Common Types of MLA Citation on a Works Cited Page

The Format of a Works Cited Page

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