August 18th, 2014
When it comes to grammar instruction, we know what doesn’t work: isolated, skill and drill methods. In fact, research offers strong evidence that traditional grammar instruction has a negative effect on student writing. We also know that a solid understanding and usage of grammar is essential to good writing. So how best to teach it?
Lynne Dorfman (Mentor Texts) and Diane Dougherty provide the answers in their new book, Grammar Matters. Within the framework of writing workshop and the three text types identified in the Common Core standards, Lynne and Diane guide teachers with specific strategies for teaching writing and classroom management while providing practical, grammar-focused lessons.
You’ll get a plan for the entire year with eight units of study and examples of whole-class conversations about mentor texts, one-on-one conferences, and ways to assess student growth. The appendixes provide numerous quick-reference lists, practical tips, and a “Treasure Chest” of children’s books, annotated to highlight specific grammar and conventions modeled by each.
By using Grammar Matters, K-6 teachers can move away from isolated grammar instruction and instead embed grammar in their daily teaching of argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing. Your students will retain their knowledge of grammar and carry it over into their everyday writing.
Preview the entire book online now!
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