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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 31, Jon rated it really liked it. One needn't go far into this entry to discover I am not a grammatical wizard. It shames me to confess that I am one of those people who, as a young student, escaped from school without having really learned grammar; and that when I compose I proceed as if I were blind: dependent on my clumsier faculties, stumbling from word to word, sentence to sentence, with no real guide to make my way.
A book that offers grammatical instruction, therefore, is one whose lessons I am in desperate need. And it i One needn't go far into this entry to discover I am not a grammatical wizard. And it is because of that need I took up Kolln's book Rhetorical Grammar. In a clever moment of thought the reader might speculate that the most insightful review of Kolln might be not what it is that I say, but rather how it is that I say it. A mizspelling hear or an grammatical error there--these will tell the story better than I.
But this standard would return too harsh a verdict; and in any case my writing would be the farthest measure of Kolln's book, as if you could estimate the worth of Plato by judging his worst student. But that won't do and neither will I. Let me then submit some comments that are more direct. Kolln's book is a medley of successes and failures but she does get one big thing right: she avoids the extremes of either becoming too sophisticated in the discussion or too simplistic; rather she keeps her instruction understandable and useful.
Whereas other presentations of grammar ascend towards impossibly complex rules that are too numerous to remember or descend into the elementary with comments that are fitted only for the abecedarian, Kolln does neither. Her discussion is straightforward and concise; chapter topics cover important material; emphasis within chapters is well distributed; she gives examples often, but they do not distract; she reinforces her lessons with problem sets and discussion questions for readers who learns by doing, but all the while does not degenerate into a textbook-like narrative of dull rehearsals.
More than all of these things, for me what was most rewarding was those few occasions when I discovered a topic that I had not appreciated beforehand but realized in hind site was a large source of irritation in my composition. A good portion of the book will cover things already known, but there is strewn throughout little revelations that charmingly repay the reader's time.
Against Kolln I would charge that she often enters comments that don't strictly follow from her discussion, and that she often applies a more advanced understanding of what is happening in the sentence then can be gleaned from co-text in the discussion. Though I would prefer the author demand more rather than less of me, the unfortunate consequence of her style is a slow but discernible disconnect between some of her points and my understanding.
A second charge against her is that she is always quick to tell you how a sentence should be arrayed, but is sometimes derelict about how a broken sentence can be fixed, which is a necessary element of the lesson. And finally I would add, though it is not an indictable offense, that her comments are mostly of the mundane variety, though many have subtle implications; and the result is that a reader looking for very obscure but interesting lessons in writing, like Orwell gives in his essay on Politics and the English Language, will not find them here.
Course wise, the first half of this was very similar to Linguistics. Parsing sentences, figuring out verb types and sentence structures, etc. The book wasn't very helpful in this regard, though. It gives sentence examples but doesn't show you structurally how to break things down when diagramming a sentence. The second half is more directly helpful, since it talks about techniques to recognize at the sentence level more than at the word level, which helps with analyzing writing, whether your own or someone else's.
Feb 09, Kim rated it it was amazing. New version of a classic and a must-have on the shelf of any literacy teacher! Dec 09, Derek rated it it was amazing. An excellent resource for English majors or for anyone in general - Kolln's text is readerly and provides lots of examples of using different sentence patterns, how to write effective paragraphs, how to shape one's voice for any given rhetorical situation, and much more.
Jan 28, Rachelle Cobb added it. As the assigned textbook of a composition class I took in college, it was intimidating at first glance. And it never became as entertaining to me as, say, a novel. But it taught me to love grammar. To understand it and all its uses!
Oct 30, Angie R rated it it was amazing. Grammar Nazis beware: this book makes context king, and removes much of the ground from which haughty eyes look down upon those who make "horrible errors. I'm torn between a 3. Some days I'm torn between thinking this is a godsend and other days the devil. I will say that at first, the writing actually scared me. I felt the same panic that I had my first day of college, which I'm a junior now is horrifying given my standing at the college.
After a while, though, the book began to make much more sense. Now my biggest peeve with this book is how long some of the chapters are seriously, some of these chapters I'm torn between a 3. Now my biggest peeve with this book is how long some of the chapters are seriously, some of these chapters are super long; how am I supposed to read them all AND read like a pages per class times 6 class? Ultimately, when I look at the content, I feel like this book has been money well spent. Read this book.
Or actually, better yet, just buy an older addition of it. You don't need to cry as you drop 70 something or 80 something on this textbook; the older editions work just fine. I love this book! I think almost anyone could enjoy this! Rather than teaching grammar as a set of tools, the authors teach grammar as a set of tools to be selectively and skillfully employed based upon situation, audience, and purpose.
This book is a great resource for educators, writers, and anyone interested in the English language. I especially appreciated it as a writer--it made me think of new and different writing structures I can use for various effects : The book also includes helpful I love this book!
I especially appreciated it as a writer--it made me think of new and different writing structures I can use for various effects : The book also includes helpful practice exercises. I love this grammar text. Finally, a grammar book shows students not just the elements of grammar, but how grammar makes texts sing.
One of my favorite aspects of the text is that the authors have taken care to use the techniques in their own writing: Sentences actually explain the concepts using the grammatical structures the authors are teaching. Astute readers are in on the playful syntax. It is perfect for high school students in an AP English course or a college freshman grammar course. Recommended to Stephanie by: It was the required text for my WR class.
This is the best grammar book I have ever read! A must for any writer, student, reader, etc. Kolln includes amazing paratext that is extremely helpful to the reader. Explanations are exceptional. Not only does Kolln explore grammar and steadfast rules, but she aids the reader in finding ways to use those rules to make a paper more appealing to one's audience. Every writer needs this book.
Not only does it include the basics but it also helps you understand how and when it's acceptable to break the rules. I will have a stronger voice and a better understanding of the effects word choices and arrangements have on the reader as a result of reading this book. I like that this book explores grammar not as a set of rules to be upheld but rather as a means for making rhetorical choices in writing. I am currently using it in my comp class.
It's pretty dull, though, and not a fun read, by any means. I especially like the chapter on cohesion, though, and it's helped my students quite a bit.
Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects
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View larger. Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognize and use the structural and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers. Rhetorical Grammar is a writer's grammar - a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do's and don'ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to student writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers. Besides providing key strategies for revision, Rhetorical Grammar presents systematic discussions of reader expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modifiers, diction, and other principles.