Monday, February 1, 2016

Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager

Don't Dangle Your ParticipleDon't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review copy provided by Netgalley

Like the many books by Brian Cleary on parts of speech, Vanita Oelschlager's book does an excellent job of describing the proper use of a participle. It also demonstrates how a participle can be used incorrectly, utilizing humor to make the point clear. I use books like this all the time at school. Teaching these concepts can seem boring, but the use of humorous examples engages students right away. I would be as likely to use this to teach the participle concept as I would be to use Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! to teach about comma use and The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage without Apostrophes! to teach about apostrophe use. Making it possible to laugh at the absurdity in the new meanings of a mistake means that a student understands just how important writing correctly is. This is a great book to add to any collection. It's short, but not so short as to prevent the point from being made. I was very impressed.

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