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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
Hamilton does an admirable job with Hands-On English. She discusses grammar (parts of speech, sentences), mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, spelling), diction (language), the writing process, plus "tips for success in school." The book's use of simple line drawings, large amounts of white space, and frequent bold headings make an often-feared subject seem less intimidating. Overall, Hamilton's explanations are very clear, and she uses ample examples. I particularly liked the section on vocabulary, which lists morphemes ("the smallest unit of meaning in a word") and examples of words in which they appear. The section on MLA documentation is short but very clear and up to the minute with the latest form for Internet citations.

The segment on conjunctions was a bit confusing; the author discusses parallelism early in that section without identifying it as such or clearly defining it, but she corrects that later in the discussion (although this reviewer still does not see the connection between conjunctions and parallelism). The book is well written for its intended audience, and could be used starting with junior high until one graduates from high school. Hands-On English is clearly a reference book-Hamilton gives a few suggestion for application, but there are no exercises on which to practice. Nonetheless, Hamilton answers just about any question a student could have about grammar or writing, and she does so in an easy-to-use format. Index. Illus. Appendix.

1998, Portico Books, 160p., Ages 12 up, $9.95. Reviewer: Melissa Thacker

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up--Using a visual approach to illustrate sentence patterns, Hamilton unravels the complexities of the English language with explanations and examples that are clear, easy to understand, and interesting. By using icons to represent each of the eight parts of speech (nouns are blocks, adjectives are paintbrushes, action verbs are springs, etc.), the author models various sentence patterns and makes sense of English grammar. A handy list of irregular verbs and an excellent explanation of using modifiers are included in the "Usage" section. "Mechanics" covers capitalization, punctuation, and spelling rules, plus those pesky words that have similar spellings and/or sounds but different meanings. "Communicating Ideas" is one of the most interesting and useful sections; just the discussion and listing of the common morphemes make this book worth purchasing. Students will also find directions on how to write an outline, use proofreader's marks, write letters, compile a bibliography, and write footnotes. The appendix provides tips on homework, class participation, and test taking. This user-friendly volume is sure to become a favorite resource on the English language.--Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966486704
  • Publisher: Portico Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/1998
  • Pages: 150
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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