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BU prof pens practical, ‘powerful’ grammar book

Marion Terry’s new book, “Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century,” demystifies good writing techniques.

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Marion Terry’s new book, “Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century,” demystifies good writing techniques. (SUBMITTED)

A Brandon University professor has published a new book that gives parents and teachers unpretentious and easy-to-follow help in teaching grammar and punctuation to people of all ages.

"I have been told that my approach is one-of-a-kind," says Marion Terry of the department of education-graduate studies. "More than just a collection of rules, I offer ways to effectively teach the fundamentals within the context of a given person’s writing."

Terry wrote "Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century" at the urging of her university students, who would graduate to become teachers and use her ideas and techniques in their own classrooms.

"I have drawn from my experiences as an academic, primary and secondary school teacher in Manitoba, and adult education co-ordinator in Manitoba and Saskatchewan," she said of penning her first book.

"For the last 25 years, we have focused on expression rather than the mechanics of literacy, driven by techno tools, including emails and texting where brevity is a prime consideration," BU education dean Heather Duncan said.

"Marion’s book is a powerful teaching resource as we work to correct those bad habits."

Published by Oxford University Press, "Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century" is available online at amazon.ca and at the BU bookstore.

The online companion to the book has curriculum guides for all provinces to assist users in applying the knowledge to their particular audience.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 5, 2014

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A Brandon University professor has published a new book that gives parents and teachers unpretentious and easy-to-follow help in teaching grammar and punctuation to people of all ages.

"I have been told that my approach is one-of-a-kind," says Marion Terry of the department of education-graduate studies. "More than just a collection of rules, I offer ways to effectively teach the fundamentals within the context of a given person’s writing."

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A Brandon University professor has published a new book that gives parents and teachers unpretentious and easy-to-follow help in teaching grammar and punctuation to people of all ages.

"I have been told that my approach is one-of-a-kind," says Marion Terry of the department of education-graduate studies. "More than just a collection of rules, I offer ways to effectively teach the fundamentals within the context of a given person’s writing."

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