TELLING THE WORLD 3
Volume 10 Number 4.
No one writing a textbook would ever please any one writing teacher-even its author—totally. However, Telling the World 3 is a reasonably good writing activity book for high school students.
The writing activities take audience, purpose, and form into consideration in different "cycles" (as the chapters are called). Cycle I focuses on the writer as his or her own audience, stressing diaries, journals, and notes to oneself. Cycle IV highlights reporting what happened for various purposes. Cycle V encourages song or poem forms.
The book is Canadian rather than Canadianized. Its grammar and writing handbook sections are realistic: they are based on descriptive grammar but use traditional terms; for example, the section on content words defines nouns as naming words but also shows how they are inflected and how articles are used to signal their appearance in English word order. The book acknowledges our changing language in usage notes, shows differences between Canadian and American English, gives metric nomenclature and the new abbreviations for provinces, and mentions avoiding sexism in language but forgets to change the "Dear Sir" business salutation.
The Teacherpak consists of separate sheets, some giving suggestions to the teacher and others for use as masters for making copies of charts or exercises for the students, a practical way to save students' time and extend the life of the textbooks.
Nancy Carlman, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
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