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Breaking the Rules Liberating Writers Through Innovative Grammar Instruction

ISBN-10: 0325004781
ISBN-13: 9780325004785
Edition: 2003
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Description: Grammar doesn't have to be a stick-in-the-mud subjectstodgy, traditional, and rule bound. Open the pages of Ed Schuster's book and you'll find an energetic, untraditional, creative means of helping students become independent thinkers and more  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Grammar doesn't have to be a stick-in-the-mud subjectstodgy, traditional, and rule bound. Open the pages of Ed Schuster's book and you'll find an energetic, untraditional, creative means of helping students become independent thinkers and more effective writers. Schuster acknowledges that there ARE bedrock rules of English syntax that should be honored, and offers lesson plans to show how these rules can be taught effectively, in ways that empower students and enable them to write with confidence, authority, and precision. He also examines the history of the other rules, the "myth rules" that are the legacy of traditional school grammartaught for hundreds of years but infrequently followed outside of the classroom, as shown in numerous examples of the best contemporary writing. He devotes his book to better ways of teaching grammar, usage, writing, and punctuation by teaching the unbreakable rules in such a way that they stay taught debunking the "myth rules" that are commonly taught in class, but infrequently followed in practice trusting students' own intuitive sense of grammaticality appealing to the evidence of the work of his own and others' students and to the best contemporary writing. "Only look and connect" is the guiding principle of Schuster's book. Look at the results of your teaching; look at the facts of language; look at practices of our best writers, both student and professional; look to see which rules really rule. Then connect what you discover to your teaching practice.

Edgar H. Schuster has taught English in secondary schools and in colleges for more than forty years. He has spoken frequently at national conferences, held various positions with NCTE, and is a member of the Writing Assessment Advisory Committee for the state of Pennsylvania. Author of several textbooks and articles, he has been a Master Teacher at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and is a recipient of a Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rule Breaking and the Reflective English Teacher
Language Acquisition and Traditional School Grammar
Traditional School Grammar: Definitions That Do Not Define
Usage: Rules That Do Not Rule (and a Few That Do)
Writing: Liberating the Student Writer
Punctuation Today
An Updated Treatment of the Parts of Speech
References
Index

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