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Grammar and Punctuation Made Easy Review by Brandi Tesreau

Shawna Huggins, M.A.
3966 S. Pacific Hwy
Medford, OR 97501

Do you have a student who needs some extra help with knowing when to use a comma or knowing which homophone to use in a sentence? Shawna Huggins, professional tutor, has written Grammar and Punctuation Made Easy, a 25-page softcover instruction guide that helps students understand just how easy grammar can be!

Divided into eight easy-to-read chapters, this book is simple enough for students to read on their own. Chapters 1-6 cover comma usage, and each chapter follows four easy steps:

  1. Read the rule.
  2. Study the examples.
  3. Look at the summary.
  4. Write sentences using the comma rule correctly.

In chapter 7 students will learn how to correctly use certain problem words. Examples include word pairs like then/than, its/it's, and whose/who's--just to name a few. I used this chapter to remind my 4th grader and 7th grader that "a lot" is always two words! Shawna also gives a great tip for remembering how to spell separate--a tip that I wish I had known when I was in school.

Chapter 8 provides a list of additional educational resources and a list of some of Shawna's favorite sites for learning toys.

I think this book is a useful tool for struggling grammar students to have on hand whenever they are writing. It's small and thin enough to keep in a desk drawer and pull out as needed. I will definitely refer my children to this book when they have trouble with commas. Given the affordable price of $7.99, don't hesitate to make grammar and punctuation easy for your students, too!

Product review by Brandi Tesreau, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2011