Grammar Plan Book A Guide to Smart Teaching

ISBN-10: 0325010439

ISBN-13: 9780325010434

Edition: 2006

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Thanks to Connie Weaver, generations of teachers have come to understand that the most efficient way to teach grammar that's relevant for writing is to embed it within writing instruction. Now her Grammar Plan Book is designed with precisely one thing in mind: to be the best resource you've ever used for teaching grammar to strengthen writing. This new book helps you apply a limited amount of grammar instruction directly to writing and enables you to map out instruction in the way the best serves the needs of your students. A complete planning tool, The Grammar Plan Book has two complementary parts. Part one describes an overarching framework for high-quality grammar instruction in conjunction with the process of writing. It offers: engaging examples of effective teaching demonstrations of how that teaching has improved students' use of grammatical options in writing suggestions for deciding which editing conventions to teach an informal analysis of the grammatical content of typical ACT practice exams. The Plan Book also contains ideas for encouraging students to make independent use of what they've learned in their own writing and about how to apply grammatical insights to enhance and improve their writing, from adding details to editing appropriately. Then in part two, Weaver presents an exceptional tool for preparing to teach grammar related to improving writing: a minimal grammar handbook for teachers that doubles as a lesson planner. Everything you need to know to teach major grammatical options, stylistic features, and conventions is included: basic grammatical functions within the sentence grammatical options for adding details and sentence fluency connectors (transitions) for organizational flow parallelism and other rhetorical devices for emphasis and effect, style, and voice stylistic options (dialect versus standard) for different audiences and& purposes conventions most important for edited American English "rules" that don't necessarily rule effective published writing. With a designated column for your notes, special lay-flat binding for your convenience, and helpful, comprehensive coverage of important grammatical concepts, The Grammar Plan Book is designed with one thing in mind: to be the best resource you've ever used for teaching grammar to strengthen writing.
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Book details

List price: $28.13
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Constance Weaver, Professor Emerita of English at Western Michigan University, has published five books with Heinemann: Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing (2008), The Grammar Plan Book (2007), Reading Process and Practice, Third Edition (2002), Teaching Grammar in Context (1996), and the edited Lessons to Share on Teaching Grammar in Context (1998). She is also the author of Grammar for Teachers (1979, NCTE). In 1996, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English honored Weaver with the Charles C. Fries award for outstanding leadership in the profession. Her interests include holistic health, kayaking, enjoying mountains and waterfalls, and traveling.

Introduction
Smart Teachers in Action: A Third Way
Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing: A Smart Perspective
What do smart teachers do about teaching grammar?
Sentence combining: A first step in teaching grammar innovatively?
Principles to guide the smart teaching of grammar for writing
How this book can help you
Resources for the smart teacher of grammar, whether expert or novice
Teaching Grammar "an Inch Wide and a Mile Deep"
Teaching grammatical constructions during the writing process
The Paper Bag Princess and participial phrases
Framework for teaching grammar throughout the writing process
Grammar lessons applied spontaneously
Teaching editing over time
Editing instruction: Where's the error?
Facing the error of our ways
Working editing into the writing process
Imitating
Hunting and categorizing
Discussing and clarifying
How do we avoid teaching everything and nothing?
Modifiers to Enrich Writing
Traditional and linguistic descriptions of the language
Background concepts
Basic parts of speech
Basic parts of a sentence: subject + predicate
Clauses and phrases
What are modifiers, and why teach them?
Bound and free modifiers
Which modifying constructions to teach
Adjectivals
Appositives
"Out-of-order" adjectivals
Present participials
Absolutes
Adjectival phrases: Bringing them all together
Adverbial clauses
Teaching subordinate adverbial clauses
How to Launch the Teaching of Modifiers
Where and how to begin?
Introducing participial phrases
Introducing absolutes
A final word
Teaching Editing Skills and (Gasp!) Standardized Tests of Grammar Skills
Deciding what editing skills to teach
Teaching revision and editing skills for the standardized tests
Should we even try to teach to the tests?
Inside the Act: What's heavily tested and what isn't?
Rhetorical skills: Content, organization, connection, and flow-highest emphasis
Connectors, punctuation, and sentence structure relating to flow-high emphasis
Phrase-level and sentence-level constraints-moderate emphasis
Phrase-level and sentence-level constraints-low emphasis
Phrase-level and sentence-level constraints-minimal emphasis
What aspects of editing should we teach in the context of writing?
The Grammar Planner
Grammar to Expond and Enrich Writing: Putting First Things First
Adverbials
Adverbial clauses
Movable adverbials
Adjectivals that are "bound" modifiers
Adjectival clauses
Other postnoun adjectivals that are "bound"
Prepositional phrases: Adjectival and adverbial
Adjectivals that are "free" modifiers
Appositives
Out-of-order adjectivals
Single-word adjectives
Adjective-headed phrases
Present participle phrases
Absolutes
Movable adjectivals revisited
Dangling modifiers
Parallelism
Comma uses relating to modifiers and parallelism
Opener
Interrupter
Closer
Series separator
The Sentence: Structure, Organization, Punctuation-and More
Subject and predicate
Nominal in the subject function
Noun
Noun phrase
Pronoun
Verbal
Verb
Main verb, auxiliary verb, and verb phrase
Subject-verb agreement
When two compound subjects are joined
When a prepositional phrase or other construction separates the subject and verb
When the subject and verb are inverted
When the subject is an indefinite pronoun
Independent clause
Joining and separating independent clauses (simple sentences)
Avoiding run-on or comma-splice sentences and ineffective fragments
Modifying functions: Adjectival and adverbial
Adjectival
Adverbial
The predicate expanded
Beyond the simple: Subordinate clauses and the complex sentence
Grammatical Considerations in Choosing the Right Words
Verbs: Consistency of tense
Pronoun uses
Use of subject or object form
Use of subject or object form to introduce subordinate clauses
Inside the adjective clause
Inside the noun clause
Agreement in number with noun or pronoun referred to
Pronoun-pronoun agreement
Unspecified they and you
Unclear pronoun reference generally
Vague reference with it, this, that, which
Nouns: Use of the apostrophe in possessives
Possessive personal pronouns versus contractions
Adjective and adverb forms and uses
Compound and superlative forms
Adjective or adverb form
Homophones commonly confused
Two, to, and too
Your versus you're
There, their, and they're
Its versus it's
Whose versus who's
Accept versus except
Affect versus effect
Than versus then
Weather versus whether
Eliminating redundancy and wordiness
More on Style, Rhetoric, and Conventions
Dialects, English-language-learning markers, and informal and formal variants
Foregrounding
Sentence inversion with it
Sentence inversion with there
"Cleft" sentence patterns
Punctuation uses and options
Dashes
Colons
Semicolons
Commas
Rules that don't rule
Nonrule 1: Don't split an infinitive
Nonrule 2: Don't end a sentence with a preposition
Nonrule 3: Don't start a sentence with and or but
Nonrule 4: Don't use sentence fragments
Nonrule 5: Don't use the passive voice
Nonrule 6: Don't start a sentence with hopefully
Nonrule 7: Don't start a sentence with there
Developing Your Own Scope and Sequence
References
Index
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