Teaching Grammar Through Writing: Activities to Develop Writer's Craft in ALL Students in Grades 4-12, 2nd Edition
©2012 |Pearson | Available
Keith Polette, University of Texas at El Paso
©2012 |Pearson | Available
The ideal springboard to teaching grammar, this book is designed to help teachers of grades four through twelve teach students to learn to recognize, and then consciously use in their writing, 16 essential grammatical elements: seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses. The flexible approach lets teachers tailor lessons based on their students’ particular needs.
In this streamlined version of the first edition, author Keith Polette stresses the importance of teaching students “less” so that they learn “more.” Rather than overwhelming students with too many structures, constructions, and rules, the book’s goal is simplification: What are the essential elements of grammar that students need to learn to use to become better writers?
English written language is composed of 16 elements–the foundational pieces of grammar–that students need to learn to use consciously so they can make writing work effectively for them. Teaching Grammar through Writing focuses on these 16 elements–seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses–and shows teachers how to begin by helping students identify and use these elements in both the prewriting and revision stages of the writing process.
The book begins with ideas about and writing activities for parts of speech, phrases, and clauses, followed by chapters on punctuation, kinds of sentences, and voice. The end of the book features 16 process-writing activities that invite students to use all they have learned about grammar in their own writing.
· Stresses the 16 elements of written language–seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses–and shows teachers how to teach students to identify and use these elements effectively in their writing.
· Focuses on one grammatical element at a time to help teachers build on students’ prior knowledge.
· Progresses from words to phrases to clauses, then to editing and process writing.
· Presents definitions and examples of each grammatical element and follows those with exercises and activities for student use.
· Addresses such topics as sentence building, combining, imitation, writer’s voice, word play, poetry, editing, and guided or process writing.
· Enables students to develop the skills necessary to write effectively by teaching grammar within the context of writing.
· Reviews the benefits of teaching grammar through writing: to meet national standards; to provide student writers with useful tools; to enable students to develop a sense of voice; to show students that the use of grammar is part of a process, not an end in itself; to help students become critical thinkers; to enable students to develop confidence as writers; and to help English language learners develop a working knowledge of the conventions of English.
· Introduces the ideas that promote grammatical awareness: read aloud, mini-lessons, Writer’s notebook, scaffolding, and conferencing.
· Uses a flexible approach that lets teachers use the material as it is arranged, or as the teacher specifically needs to use it. The activities are easily tailored to meet students’ needs.
· Provides ideas for writing in the content areas and how to write in response to a prompt.
· Includes reproducible masters.
· NEW! This streamlined edition is even more accessible than the first through the author’s careful deletion of certain information and his addition of information that strengthens each chapter.
· New writing activities using the following have been added: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, gerunds, participial phrases, appositive phrases, adjective clauses, adverb clauses, how to begin sentences, a cause and effect poem, and a new sentence combining activity using absolute phrases.
· Additional information is included on: absolute phrases, gerund phrases, infinitive phrases, participial phrases.
· The overall structure of the previous edition remains unchanged, presenting a very useable scope and sequence from words to phrases to clauses, and then to editing and process writing. Each chapter also retains its original structure; the chapters that focus on words, phrases, and clauses each begin the same way: with groups of grammatical elements that invite students to identify them, and, based on their observations, then define them. Definitions and examples of each grammatical element are then presented, and following those are exercises and activities for student usage.
Word Works I: Nouns
Word Works II: Verbs
Word Works III: Pronouns
Word Works IV: Adjectives
Word Works V: Adverbs
Word Works VI: Prepositions
Word Works VII: Conjunctions
Sentence Works I: Absolute Phrases
Sentence Works II: Gerund Phrases
Sentence Works III: Infinitive Phrases
Sentence Works IV: Prepositional Phrases
Sentence Works V: Participial Phrases
Sentence Works VI: Appositive Phrases
Sentence Works VII: Adjective Clauses
Sentence Works VIII: Adverbial Clauses
Sentence Works IX: Noun Clauses
The Exclamation Point
Special Focus: The Comma Splice
What Is a Sentence?
Compound Subjects and Predicates
Parallel Structure in Sentences
Ten Sentence Patterns to Imitate
Sixteen Kinds of Sentences: Different Constructions for Different Purposes
A Note on Voice
Passages to Edit
Reading Closely and Carefully to Find and Fix Errors
Wishing upon a Poem
Alliterative Character Poem
Parts of Speech Poem
Another Parts of Speech Poem
Prepositional Phrase Poem
Participial Phrase Poem
Sentence Pattern Poems
Syllable Question Poem
Text Message Poem
Acts of Writing: Putting It All Together with Process Writing
Five Recursive Steps in the Writing Process
Activities and Ideas to Support Poetry Writing
Ideas for Writing in the Content Areas
Writing about a Nonfiction Topic Using an Alliterative Pattern
Writing about Frogs (or a person, animal, object, or place): Alternative Acrostic Poems
Writing about Two Animals with a Contrast Pattern
Writing about People, Things, or Animals: So You Want to Be
The Five Good Things Pattern
Writing about a Nonfiction Topic Using an Informational Paragraph
The Contrast Paragraph
Writing a Character Analysis/Personality Trait Paragraph
Multi-Modal Character/Person Analysis Paragraph
Biographical Writing: Who Is the Real Walter Frederick Morrison?
Writing in Response to a Prompt: What Is a Hero?
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Dr. Keith Polette is a Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Polette received the UTEP College of Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, the UT System Chancellor’s Council Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was recognized by the Texas State Reading Association as an Outstanding Texas Author. Prior to moving to El Paso in 1995, Dr. Polette was a Mentor Teacher and an English/Language Arts teacher for both remedial and gifted students in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Polette has published over thirty articles in professional journals, eight books on teaching, and two books for children. His most recent publications are Read and Write It Out Loud: Guided Oral Literacy Strategies, Isabel and the Hungry Coyote, Paco and the Giant Chile Plant, and Moon Over The Mountain (Raven Tree Press). For the past twenty years, Dr. Polette has given keynote addresses and been a featured speaker at national, regional, and state literacy conferences, and at schools throughout the United States and Canada.
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