|BE 111||Steps in Composition||Troyka and Nudelman||Prentice Hall, 8th Ed.||
Very comprehensive text. Students enjoy using it.
I still like the approach to grammar, but I use the rest of the book less each time.
Very comprehensive – I like the approach to sentence completeness. In addition, the readings are very thought-provoking.
The students enjoy the variety of stories, vocabulary and grammar exercises; excellent writing topics
|Checkpoints||Page and Taggail||Pearson/Longman 5th Ed.||Clear, direct, easy to use and not too long|
|English Brush-Up||Langan and Goldstein||McGraw Hill, 4th Ed.||Advantages: clean, clear format; covers essential writing skills in concise form; easily understandable, but on appropriate level of difficulty; not too long; comparatively affordable price
Disadvantages: may be too concise and plain for some instructors; does not contain readings or supplementary material
|Evergreen: A Guide to Writing with Readings||Fawcett||Houghton Mifflin, 7th Ed.||
Excellent for meeting the needs of our
Wonderful exercises and examples; challenging vocabulary and readings; weak grammar section that needs to be supplemented; excellent teacher website, test bank and student website
Excellent – good examples and sample paragraphs
|English Writing Skills||Langan||McGraw Hill||Expensive; lots of good material; sentence writing exercises in the back. Overall, if students keep the book, it can be a valuable resource.|
|Sentence Skills: Form A||Langan||McGraw Hill, 8th Ed||Has good website available, thorough text; a bit dry (and too expensive) but minimal terminology and sticks to basics; clearly and concisely explained; numerous exercises with answers in back for students|
|At a Glance: Sentences||Brandon||Houghton Mifflin||Extremely concise (almost too concise) explanation of sentences with exercises à a few errors and no answers supplied to students, but extremely inexpensive and easy to bring to class.|
|The Least You Should Know About English||Brandon||Houghton Mifflin||Haven’t used it in a while, but it has clear, concise explanations of grammar/sentences with numerous exercises supplied.|
|BE 112||College Writing Skills with Readings||Langan||McGraw Hill, 6th Ed.||
Excellent. Helps prepare students for ACT
The section on the “Bases for Writing Essays” has become a bit wordy (and ‘stuffy’) in later editions; however, still an excellent primer for BE 112 students; does quite well in preparing them for EN 101 and EN 102 and later college and life writing
This text really helps students improve their grammar, mechanics, formatting. It is highly recommended.
|Getting Your ACT Together||Rochford||Kendall/Hunt||
Excellent. Helps prepare students for ACT
I use this about three weeks before the ACT for specific preparation. Excellent source for grammar.
This is the most practical way to help students learn the ACT format so that they can pass the test
Useful for preparing for the ACT test
|Steps in Composition||Troyka and Nudelman||Prentice Hall, 8th Ed.||
Love the book, but it’s become far too expense and too heavy.
Has most of the fundamentals appropriate to the level – readings and vocabulary
Sample essays are good, as is discussion of run-ons and fragments
|Evergreen: A Guide to Writing with Readings||Fawcett||Houghton Mifflin, 7th Ed.|
|The Writer’s Way||Rawlins||Houghton Mifflin, 6th Ed.|
|Exploring Writing||Langan||McGraw Hill||A better, more compact version of this text is College Writing Skills with Readings (7th Ed).|
|Steps for Writers||Eggers||Pearson/Longman||
Excellent grammar exercises
Good explanations; exercises keyed to three levels of difficulty: usually quite good, but I wish there were more; good mix of student and professionally written sample essays; affordable
|BE 201||Grassroots with Readings||Fawcett||Houghton Mifflin, 8th Ed.||
Good for 201
Excellently organized., but difficult vocabulary; excellent exercises; CDs available
This textbook works well with the 201 students
|The Prentice Hall Grammar Workbook||Prentice Hall||Advantages: clear, clean format; high level vocabulary; interesting sentence content; comparatively affordable price. Disadvantages: does not cover all important topics, especially verbs.|
|Fundamentals of English Grammar (with answer key)||Azar||Pearson Education, 3rd Ed.||Very good!|
|Great Paragraphs||Folse et al||Houghton Mifflin, 2nd Ed.||Love the book! Easy to understand|
|Writing Skills: Success in 20 Minutes a Day||Olson||LearningExpress||Good secondary, enrichment text|
|Fundamentals of Academic Writing||Fawcett||Houghton Mifflin||Very inadequate I terms of illustrations and practice exercises. It is geared for a low level class|
|Basic Grammar in Use||Murphy||Cambridge, 2nd Ed.||This is a no-frills grammar text. There isn’t a lot of complicated grammar explanation. The author provides examples and exercises. The students find the book accessible.|
|BE 203||Writing in Context||Kirszner
|Bedford/St. Martins||The move from paragraph to essay is very smooth|
|Grassroots with Readings||Fawcett||Houghton Mifflin, 8th Ed.||
Keep coming back to this text because of all the illustrations, readings and exercises; supplement with handouts
Very good practical exercises; good readings
|Introduction to Academic Writing||Oshima and Hogue||Pearson Longman, 3rd Ed.|
|Think about Editing||Asher||Thomson Heinle|
|In Our Own Words||Mlynarczyk and Haber||Cambridge|
|BE 205||Composing with Confidence||Meyers||Pearson Longman, 7th Ed.|
|Great Essays||Folse et al.||Houghton Mifflin, 2nd Ed.||Good for clarity of essay parts; good sample essays (easy, yet topical); effective student questions on parts of essay|
|Getting Your ACT Together||Rochford||Kendall/Hunt, 2nd Ed.||
Use mostly for 1) prompts and 2) brainstorming lists for reasons based. on specific prompts
|An Inductive Approach to English Grammar and Composition||Rochford||Kendall/Hunt||
Needs more explanations for the grammar
|Evergreen: A Guide to Writing with Readings||Fawcett||Houghton Mifflin, 7th Ed.||A good book|
Houghton Mifflin, 8th Ed.
Grammar Troublespots: A Guide for Student Writers
Cambridge, 3rd Ed.
|Destinations 2||Herzfeld-Pipkin||Thomson Heinle|
|Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with Readings||Winkler
|Pearson/Prentice Hall||I like the editing/common errors section of this textbook, but I’m not so happy with the content portion. I only use about a third of the book. I’m thinking of not assigning it again.|