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In all the books I've read about written language, Dan's is the first to explore the mind's ear…. He has actually changed the way I read as well as write. How lucky we are to (finally) have an intellectually engaging exploration of what we have too long considered drudgery…. When you consider Dan's approach, you'll wonder how you ever taught another way.
- Ellin Oliver Keene
Coauthor of Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition, and author of To Understand
Get ready to be taken by the hand by a master teacher who will show you how to teach students the rules of punctuation in clearly defined lessons. From the first page I was eager to take this book to my own teaching.
- Mary Ehrenworth
Author of The Power of Grammar
Punctuation is important. Period. Good writers know the rules, but skilled punctuators don't simply go by the conventions. They use punctuation to make meaning. Practical Punctuation shows you how to help students discover the relationship between punctuation and meaning - and how they can use it to improve their writing.
Practical Punctuation's strategies help writers connect periods, commas, and dashes to mood, emphasis, and rhythm. Dan Feigelson's ready-to-use lessons provide opportunities to:
Feigelson's lessons are highly structured. They demonstrate how to teach punctuation as a craft tool with writers of varying sophistication or age:
Read Practical Punctuation and help students make choices with punctuation - instead of letting punctuation rules make choices for them.
Foreword Carl Anderson Anderson, Carl
1 Purpose Before Particulars
2 Beginning with Endings
3 Breathing, Thinking, and Deciding What's Important
4 Writing as Good as It Sounds
App. A Writing Mechanics Grade by Grade
App. B Punctuation Interviews with Frank McCourt, Jimmy Breslin, Natalie Babbitt, Colum McCann