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Author: Oelschlager, Vanita
Illustrator: Desantis, Mike
Publisher: Vanita Books
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Teacher Resource

Don’t Dangle Your Participle

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“What in earth is a participle and how does it dangle?” This humorously illustrated grammar book, provides some great examples of ‘dangling’ participles and those which are placed correctly, affecting the meaning of sentence. For the majority of us, the explanation of participles at the beginning of the book, may still remain a mystery. However, the clever examples provide fodder for developing writers, to refine their writing style. The large colourful illustrations appear to be geared towards younger children, while the audience is likely older, as young writers are usually not sophisticated enough to write complex sentences using participles. It is rare to have any illustrated, entertaining books about grammar, so this is a must of school libraries for grades 4-12. It will be a valued resource for English and Language Arts teachers teaching 6+1 Writing Traits: Sentence Fluency.

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