and The Mother Tongue Student Workbook 2 Answer Key are now available!
One of our purposes in reissuing the classic grammar text Mother Tongue Book II, by George Kittredge and Sarah Arnold, has been to make it easier for contemporary students to complete the valuable practice exercises given in the original text. By putting these exercises into a workbook form, students are able to focus on honing their grammar skills as they write directly onto the page. Even if you prefer to use Mother Tongue exercises as a group, orally, the workbook format and the answer key can make this process more productive for all.
The Mother Tongue Student Workbook 2 includes exercises for chapters 76 through 143 of The Mother Tongue: Adapted for Modern Students. As a bonus, Workbook 2 also includes punctuation and capitalization practice exercises. These exercises include sentences from the classic Mother Tongue text, and we have also added additional practice selections taken from literature. Students are given these selections without any proper punctuation or capitalization and are asked to copy the sentences and add the correct punctuation and capitals. The Mother Tongue: Adapted for Modern Students contains an appendix giving rules for capitalization and punctuation.
Workbook 2 has another bonus feature, which we think you will love: nearly 60 extra sentences given for analysis as a final review. These sentences are found at the back of the 1908 revised edition of Mother Tongue Book II, and originally given for diagramming practice. In Workbook 2, the sentences are presented in six “Final Review” chapters. Students are asked to label the sentences and then answer some thinking questions about them. These questions draw on concepts found throughout The Mother Tongue: Adapted for Modern Students, giving students an opportunity to pull together all that they have studied. The “Final Review” would also make an excellent oral discussion led by the teacher.
Workbook 2 also includes a short reference section entitled “Miscellaneous Idioms,” which is found in the 1908 revised edition of Mother Tongue Book II. Here the student will find help with “a number of idioms which often give rise to doubt and discussion.”
As with the Workbook 1 Answer Key, the Workbook 2 Answer Key gives teachers the source information for most of the practice sentences (see the sample image from chapter 79, below). The Mother Tongue: Adapted for Modern Students mostly gives practice sentences written by some of the greatest English authors, which means students are not working with contrived sentences, but instead working with “real” sentences from Shakespeare, Scott, Dryden, Cowper, Swift, and others.