Efficacy at Pearson
Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. Comprehensiveness rating: 4 see less.
Pretty accessible for students. Maybe a bit simple for freshman writing, but I would consider using it in canaddian comp course and supplementing with my own materials.
Grammar comes first in the table of contents. I would pick and choose, reordering chapters for my students to teach more holistically, so comp methodology has grammar embedded in it.
No glossary or index. This is a large omission and could be easily corrected: hire a grad student to do it as a summer project. The content and examples are accurate overall.
I find that reductionist or overly simplistic. But the chapter as a whole is superbly geared toward the dev ed writers I typically teach. I would use it in a class for students who missed the testing placement cut off for freshman composition.
I'd call its approach pretty classic in terms of comp pedagogy. It will not become obsolete in the near future. Yes, it's a text that provides a great overview but does not go deep into any one area or skill set. For ex, Chapter 5 for ELL students is just a start.
The slang and idioms lists are very short, for instance. They are just a starting point. I like the amount of sectioning; it reads in bite sized pieces for students. This is a long book—over pages. It could be intimidating to dev ed and ELL students. What helps make this text more organized and user friendly: key takeaways list at end of each chapter.
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