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Language Mechanic

Age Range

9y - 13y








Book, Educational Skills

The Language Mechanic is an effective, comprehensive program that uses fun examples and logical reasoning to eliminate the confusion children often feel while learning the rules of language mechanics. The book not only teaches basic rules of language mechanics, it reinforces the rules by showing the logic behind them. Lessons begin with a “grabber”—a humorous miscommunication that results when a rule is broken. Examples are followed by an explanation of the specific rule and the logic behind it. Includes presentation and reinforcement suggestions, answers, a glossary, and a compare/contrast organizer.Language Mechanic has been used for extra curricular development in the classroom and in home settings for 10 years. Although it has not won awards in the past, it should be recognized for its comprehensiveness, playfulness, and clarity of presentation. Just making it in the educational industry for more than 10 years proves the value of this wonderful classic. A great, playful way to show students that English really does have some reasons for the rules. If you have a sense of humor, but are serious about preparing students to proofread their work, to take standardized tests, or just to understand the basics of their own language. For more than 50 years, our award-winning products have helped students of all ages and abilities achieve better grades and higher test scores with highly effective lessons that sharpen the mind as they teach standards-based reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history. We do not use drill and memorization or teach to the tests —we empower the mind. The company was founded in Michigan by John Baker in 1958 under the name Midwest Publications as a math and textbook company, combining powerful logic problems with high educational and editorial standards. The Critical Thinking Co. now boasts over 200 titles in reading, writing, math, science and history, and remains a family-owned business under the guidance of John’s son, Michael Baker. In the 1976, the company changed its name to Critical Thinking Press and Software. The name was further changed to Critical Thinking Books & Software in 1997. The current moniker, The Critical Thinking Co. was adopted in November of 2003.