American grammar textbooks
October 18, 2010 2:56 AM Subscribe
Are there grammar textbooks at the middle school and high school (or even elementary school) levels that incorporate any of the developments in understanding of English grammar that have been made in the past several decades?
posted by strangeguitars to Education (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My kids attend a school that uses Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar: Communication in Action. Flipping through it, I find things like "a pronoun takes the place of a noun". That's ridiculous. If that were true, then you could take a sentence like "a boy ate a fish", replace the nouns with pronouns, and come out with "a he ate a(n) it".
No wonder people hate grammar; the textbooks make no sense!
What are the most modern (and well thought out) grammar textbooks available to schools in America?
I would like to make a recommendation to my kids' school (to change their textbooks), but I don't know how to get a sense of what is available. Please help!