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The Little, Brown Compact Handbook (4th Edition) [Spiral-bound]

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KEY BENEFIT:The Little, Brown Compact Handbook packages the authority and currency of its parent, The Little, Brown Handbook, in a briefer book with a comb binding and tabbed dividers. Concise and accessible, the handbook helps writers find what they need and then use what they find. Among innumerable improvements, the fourth edition features new material on writing and researching with computers and on critical thinking and reading.KEY TOPICS:A reference for writing with computers: NEW! Part II, "Computers in Writing," includes new chapters on essential computer skills, document design, and Web composition. Dozens of new computer tips and links to Web resources appear throughout the book. A reference for research writing: Practical advice focuses on working with sources and documenting them in MLA, APA, Chicago, or CBE styles. Key concerns receive expanded coverage: formulating a research question, developing a research strategy, integrating quotations, documenting sources. A reference for critical thinking and argument: NEW! Chapter links critical thinking and argument and now appears early in the book. NEW! Discussion of critical thinking and reading includes a sample annotated reading and an extended example of analyzing a Web site. Fallacies and organization of arguments receive expanded coverage. A reference for the writing process: NEW! Opening material on the writing situation includes a checklist. NEW! Writer work-in-progress on Internet communication provides examples at every stage, including first, revised, and final drafts. Well-focused chapters provide tips on invention, the thesis, revision, and more. MARKET:Writer's Handbook and Guide

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Format:Spiral-bound
This grammar book is decidedly thorough, concise, and both extremely helpful and intimidating, especially to those who are grammatically-challenged! The passion of the professor's review seems to exude frustration and disgust with two groups of people.
Finger-pointing is done at the teachers who are unable to master sufficiently themselves the basics of the English language grammar that they are positioned to teach. There is also blame cast upon the students below college level, who are lacking the skills of recognizing and applying these basic skills in their own use of language.
Any teaching book by itself, even an excellent one such as this grammar book, often needs to have a guide to go with it. In this case a guide would be a knowledgeable, patient, and motivated teacher. As a high school English teacher for over 38 years, I have learned to pick my battles in the area of English grammar. My students have had more media exposure to 20 second-sound bites, telecommunication devices, and the whole world of the Internet than either my generation or the one immediately succeeding mine. This is part of their experience. We talk, and we read more than we write. From the Internet itself there has emerged from emails and chatrooms a whole series of shorthand that perhaps those responsible for this book might want to include in a chapter on "Telecommuncations Grammar For Different Occasions"! This is not to excuse bad grammar; this is to identify a cause and expand on a method of teaching.
To give an already grammatically-challenged student a superb grammar book and hope it will help without further interaction on the teacher's part is comparable to giving a top choice T-Bone steak on a fine china plate to a baby who's just beginning to teethe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book To Compensate for Bad Teachers Aug. 2 2002
Format:Spiral-bound
As a community college teacher, I am absolutely frustrated and mystified at the lack of basic grammar and English skills these kids possess. What are they learning in high school? The sad part is that I have many students who want to become high school English Teachers themselves but can't even identify dangling modifiers or tell me the difference between colons and semicolons. It's appalling to think that they will be perpetuating this cycle--teachers who don't know grammar NOT bothering to teach it to their students because they don't know it in the first place.
I've given up teaching them what they should have learned in high school when they were probably wasting time doing group projects or watching movies based on books. It's not their fault. I blame the teachers. Unless we make grammar a mandatory element of high school English classes--and force the teachers to learn it in the first place--the level of proper English usage will continue to slip-slide away. I shouldn't have to waste my college class time explaining the elements of a complete sentence. (How on earth are they even graduating in the first place?) I make them buy this book, which I feel is the best handbook available, and pray that they will have the initiative to use it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Oct. 18 2003
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Format:Plastic Comb
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Grammar Guide. March 31 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Compact Handbook provides concise information about grammar in an easy-to-understand format. I bought this book for a University grammar course and found that there have been many issues which I have remedied through the knowledge gained from this book.

I recommend this book to others looking to improve their grammar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To English teacher from Illinois July 10 2001
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Format:Spiral-bound
Glass houses, my friend. Glass houses. Your last sentence, I believe, is an interesting example of a dangling modifier. Is "this kind of thing" an English teacher?
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