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Prestwick House Resources to Support Writing & Grammar

See which Prestwick House programs can help you overcome some of the most common obstacles you may face when teaching writing and grammar.

My students understand the rules of grammar, but sometimes, they have trouble applying those rules to their writing.

Have you checked out Grammar for Writing? While traditional “prescriptive” grammar methods focus simply on memorizing abstract conventions, Grammar for Writing follows the “descriptivist” approach to teaching—showing your students the logic behind the rules of grammar. Each chapter explores a core concept of grammar, from clauses and phrases to the logic of punctuation, so your students learn the reasons behind the rules. Students then practice with actual writing exercises instead of completing typical multiple-choice questions. When your students grasp how and why language works, their writing will naturally improve.

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My students have problems writing persuasive arguments free from common logical fallacies.

Rhetoric, Logic, & Argumentation explores everything students need to know about argumentation, including rhetorical appeals, the basics of logic, deductive and inductive reasoning, and a variety of common logical fallacies. Reading passages and analytical exercises provide plenty of practice with argumentative writing. Once students can identify logical fallacies and other errors in the works of others, they’ll know how to avoid them in their own writing.

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My students need help keeping their papers focused.

College and Career Readiness: Writing walks your students through the entire writing process, from selecting a topic to writing the final draft. At each stage, in-depth discussion questions help students organize their thoughts as they write.

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The research paper is an integral part of our curriculum, but it’s difficult to keep students engaged throughout the writing process.

The idea of writing a lengthy research paper can definitely scare students, but it’s possible to quash those fears by showing students the exact process from start to finish. Writing an A+ Research Paper introduces a definitive writing timeline and step-by-step instructions for choosing a topic, writing a thesis, gathering credible sources, creating an outline, drafting, and more.

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My students write well, but I wish their papers were a bit more…compelling.

If you want student writing that really packs a punch, Rhetorical Devices is what you need. This guide offers an in-depth study of 33 rhetorical devices and literary techniques, including explanations of the devices, exercises on identifying and using them, and more. Once students know how these techniques work, they’ll be more comfortable incorporating them into their own writing.

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My students struggle with all four types of writing my state requires—argumentative, explanatory, narrative, and research-based.

College and Career Readiness: Writing has everything you need to prepare your students to produce the four types of writing required in college and beyond. Every lesson in this comprehensive program guides students step by step through the process of crafting exceptional pieces in one of four genres: Personal, Informative, Persuasive, and Research writing. Annotated model essays and detailed explanations throughout the book will help your students learn to analyze, critique, and refine their own work.

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