Personal photos and stories. The authors write, "As teachers, we sometimes felt we were leading our students on a death march when we moved them through a traditional grammar text. So we have added a strong human dimension to this book by illustrating the grammar skills with photos and stories of interesting people from all walks of life."
Ease of use. The chapters are self-contained, and many begin with a one-page review that presents the basics of a given skill. Explanations are written in simple, familiar language. An inviting two-color design has been used throughout. And the book's tone is friendly and helpful.
Abundant practice. The book is based on the assumption that students learn best when clear explanations are followed by abundant practice. For each chapter in Part One, there are three full-page activities and five full-page tests. The last two tests are designed to resemble standardized tests and permit easy grading, including the use of Scantron sheets.
Engaging materials. In addition to the photos and true stories, lively and engaging examples and practice materials will help maintain student interest throughout the book.
Preparation for standardized tests. A number of tests in the book resemble standardized tests, so students can practice a skill and become comfortable with the format in which a skill is tested. For example, click here to see one of the five tests that conclude a chapter on run-ons and comma splices.
Inclusiveness. In addition to full coverage of grammar, punctuation, and usage skills, the book includes a brief guide to writing; writing assignments; practice in the key skill of proofreading; and coverage of spelling, parts of speech, and dictionary use.
Superior supplements. Included at no charge to instructors adopting the book for class use are all of the following: an Instructor's Edition, a combined Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, a Student Answer Key, , and online exercises.