Our Mother Tongue: Guide to English Grammar 2nd Ed

Our Mother Tongue: Guide to English Grammar 2nd Ed

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ISBN: 9781947644557
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In this English grammar guide, Nancy Wilson surveys the major concepts in English grammar for beginners at the late elementary and junior high level (recommendedgrades 6-9).

Wilson avoids common, contrived sentences that serve merely to illustrate her point; instead, she uses many selections from Scripture and from great English writers which help to instruct the student through their content, style, and structure. In addition to a helpful format that highlights key definitions, punctuation issues, and important concepts, short historical sidebars tell the fascinating story of the development of English. She continues the traditional and challenging exercise of sentence diagramming, which trains students to quickly analyze the structure of any given sentence. The grammatical explanations, the logic of diagrams, and the rhetoric of her examples blend with complementary emphases to create a helpful classical and Christian text.

Studying our language enables us to choose our words wisely, enjoy and appreciate great literature, understand the thoughts of others, give clear and correct expression to our own thoughts, and train our minds to think in an orderly fashion. Designed to give a comprehensive overview of all aspects of our language, Our Mother Tongue can be used as a review and reference tool for the instructor or for introducing an older student to a systematic examina­tion of our language. Starting with the basic facts of grammar (the eight classes of words and the parts and types of sentences), author Nancy Wilson provides a thorough examination of all the major concepts in English by looking at the special properties of nouns, pronouns, verbs, verbals, and modi­fiers. There are exam­ples, explanations and definitions followed by exercises. Many of the examples and exercise sentences are taken from Scripture and from great English writers. Adding spice to this examination are periodic sidebars detailing the development of the English language. Did you know that many of our grammar rules came into being in the eighteenth century when the Enlightenment inspired thinkers to reduce everything to neat, tidy, governable systems? Diagramming is definitely a part of this overview. Like all graphic organizers, the use of diagramming trains the student to quickly analyze the subject matter - in this case, sentence structure.

Changes in this 2nd edition (2019) include a new layout, daily schedules, a new section on the Oxford comma, fun grammar quotes and increased numbers of exercises. The Student Workbook provides instruction, examples, sidebar info, and several sets of exercises for each section. The Answer Key provides a daily lesson plan (for covering the book in a semester) plus the answers to all exercises (including diagrams).

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These programs focus on grammar only and do not cover usage or mechanics.

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I chose this grammar book because it appears to teach solid grammar lessons, and I like that the Bible is used for text examples.
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I chose this grammar book because it appears to teach solid grammar lessons, and I like that the Bible is used for text examples.
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Carolann G on Aug 24, 2021
Love these books, they are a great resources for understanding the English language.
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fits our needs
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Mary L on Jul 13, 2021
Classical Conversations resource for Essentials.
Lisa S on May 14, 2021
Looked interesting.
Robert V on Dec 23, 2020
Teaching this to my Daughter and Granddaughter together and needed a 2nd copy,
Yvette F on Nov 13, 2020
I was recommended Our Mother Tongue book, and saw that there was this book as a suggestive purchase. Pretty awesome to be able to pair together.
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Kyle M on Sep 9, 2020
I heard about this in Mere Motherhood and have been wanting to try it with my children.
Stacy J on Jun 12, 2020
This grammar program uses classical literature to teach the foundations of literature. Also, we use AmblesideOnline and this is a recommended program in their 7th and 8th grades.
User on Jun 9, 2020
Using for Classical Conversations, Essentials program
Rebecca S on May 29, 2020
Recommended reading for Classical Conversations program.
Melissa L on May 19, 2020
excellent Grammar for all ages
Tanya A on Aug 16, 2019
Required by co-op
Christine S on Aug 6, 2019
I will be using this to lead grammar lessons for third and fourth grade students.
Chelsea W on Jul 1, 2019
I love the way grammar is taught in it
Mariela S on Apr 29, 2019
Recommended from a friend who homeschools.
Veronica Q on Jan 10, 2019
for CC
Sandy J P on Aug 14, 2018
This book is highly recommended by a friend.
Joy B on Aug 11, 2018
recommended by Charlotte Mason families
Jake C on Aug 11, 2018
This was recommended to me by a homeschooling group I'm a part of.
Karen F on Jul 30, 2018
I chose this grammar guide because it has wonderful reviews. OMT will be a good desk reference for middle school as well...
Myko M on Jul 13, 2018
I use Ambleside Online sort of as a guide and I saw this book for Grammar. I liked the look of it and the reviews on it were good. It seems straightforward and I love that it is from a Christian perspective. This is why I ordered it.
Mandy C on Jul 13, 2018
Recommended by a friend.
Beth H. on Jul 9, 2018
part of the Classical Conversation curriculum
Bosco L on Jun 28, 2018
CC Essentials
Patty C on Jun 13, 2018
Part of our curriculum (Ambleside Online) - you had the best price by far!
Tracy H on May 5, 2018
Used as a supplement/ review to Classical Conversations Essentials program
Amanda M on Apr 8, 2018
To supplement Fundamental Grammar by Claritas Publishing, specifically in the area of sentence diagramming.
Christina M on Feb 19, 2018
Needed for teaching Essentials for Classical Conversations
Stacey S on Nov 29, 2017
My daughter's tutor swears by this program. She insists that it will give her additional reinforcement and command of the English Language.
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They were recommended by Ambleside Online
Naomi Q on Aug 16, 2017
Used by the homeschool resource center we attend.
Starr C on Aug 1, 2017
It is part of the year 7 curriculum for Ambleside Online.
Jenni R on Apr 23, 2017
I intend to use this resource to firm up my students' understanding of English grammar and sentence diagramming to improve there ability to translate English to Latin a little better. Declensions and conjugations vary dependent on identifying direct objects and such...
Jan D on Oct 18, 2016
Classical Conversations recommendation
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Recommended by Classical Conversations
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Best price found online
Angie M on Jul 7, 2016
Love the reviews and need something as a refresher for one of my boys.
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Classical Conversations Essentials Course
Kate C on May 6, 2016
good deal!
Jennifer T on Sep 9, 2021
Love these books, they are a great resources for understanding the English language.
Joan F on Jul 20, 2021
Is this a good stand alone curriculum? Or is it better used as a supplement?
A shopper on Jan 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It is stand-alone grammar, but not stand-alone ELA.
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Well-written grammar program
Mary Pat
So far my 9th grader is enjoying this grammar program. It’s well-written and easy to comprehend.
October 17, 2021
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This product is by far the best grammar product we have usedOur daughter understood it with ease and didn't require any help even with diagramming sentences! There is also a wealth of sidebar info You can't beat it for the price
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