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I studied grammar at North Texas State with Mary Whitton, one of the
authors of the Harbrace Handbook and later with Archibald A.
Hill at the University of Texas. I loved the subject, and I enjoyed
teaching it to my seventh grade language arts class at Dickinson Junior
high in 1959. I was remarkably successful in teaching those seventh
graders the basic structure of English sentences. I used a combination
of the activities I now use in my guides to writing style. My students
wrote sentences according to patterns, and they analyzed sentences to
see how they were formed. I have continued those activities in the forty-seven
years I have been teaching since then.
basic idea is that I never expected my students to know the structure
until I taught it. Then I expected them to know it and build on it to
form or analyze increasingly complex sentences. I know that when writers
know about English syntax and know about what structures can be used
to accomplish a particular task, they write better and more confidently.
Thus, they willingly write more.
For years I taught English Syntax and composition classes without the
aid of my guidebooks, and I was successful, but since I wrote them and
have been using them, I find it easier to be successful. Students who
are ill and get behind on their work particularly benefit. Some have
even used the book without classroom instruction and have successfully
completed the course. Several of my former students have reported to
me that they have used some of the exercises from the workbooks in their
own writing classes.
is not my goal to teach every structure of English. It is not a comprehensive
or scientific grammar that I teach but a pedagogic grammar, one designed
to provide structures most useful for writers.
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With the Fox
A Guide to the Grammar of Successful Writers—
Writing Style 1
A Guide to Building Sentences With Syntax And Logic—
Writing Style 2
A Syntactic Guide to English Punctuation—
Writing Style 3
A Guide to Concise Prose
for Writers and Editors—Writing Style 4
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