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If John Lennon, Gertrude Stein, Stephen Hawking, and Mother Goose had conspired to write a grammar book, GRAM-O-RAMA would be it. Designed for word-lovers and students in the classroom, this textbook contains dozens of unconventional exercises geared toward learning grammar. Its interactive method offers students and teachers a smart and accessible approach by encouraging writers to experiment with grammatical functions, style, rhythm, and sound. qBeware, GRAM-O-RAMA is a dangerous book. It takes the cautions and rules of grammar and drops them into a fun house. I experienced many of these exercises in Daphne's class and still find myself relying on their lessons today. You could make a movie of this book. Or at least a theme park ride!q -Dave Krinsky, executive producer of TV series, King of the Hill and screenwriter for Blades of Glory qDaphne Athas sets words ablaze and puts sentences in flight. Every student and every teacher, every writer and every editor, could benefit from her visionary eye and musical ear.q -Alane Salierno Mason, senior editor, W. W. Norton a Company, founding editor of qThis book is not only charming and amusing, but profound in the way it forces the reader to see our language afresh, as something alive and throbbing with possibilities. Indispensable reading.q -Randall Kenan , associate professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of A Visitation of Spirits qNot your grandma's grammar, these irresistible exercises prod and provoke, delight and inspire. They rattle students (and teachers) out of boredom, apathy, and fear and awaken them to the power and possibilities of language.q -Elizabeth Moose, instructor of English, North Carolina School of Science and MathWrite an essay classifying each part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition, interjection, and ... There they are compressed by piston like nouns and ignited by verb sparks. ... guide them up and down the cylinder.

Author:Daphne Athas & Marianne Gingher
Publisher:iUniverse - 2007-08-30


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