Catching up on Conventions Grammar Lessons for Middle School Writers

ISBN-10: 0325012822

ISBN-13: 9780325012827

Edition: 2009

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  Chantal and Elisa show us the teaching and learning of conventions as part of a personal and collective striving toward proficiency, power, and independence. They help us conceive the daily work of learning language as part of more mythic work, which is that of becoming greater than we were. - Mary Ehrenworth Author of The Power of Grammar     Are Chantal Francois and Elisa Zonana's students like yours? Economically, linguistically, and culturally diverse; excited to write; yet underprepared for the kinds of writing demanded in middle school and beyond? Don't be daunted. Francois and Zonana found a solution, and in Catching Up on Conventions they share lessons that help kids quickly master Standard English grammar.   Catching Up on Conventions will make a difference in your writing workshop and in your middle schoolers' lives. With Catching Up on Conventions and its annotated lesson plans, you'll: make key grammatical rules explicit and scaffold learning through highly structured, tightly focused lessons strengthen students' narrative and expository writing give students specific tools for editing and revising support code-switching between the language students use outside the classroom and Standard English. Francois and Zonana designed Catching Up on Conventions to be easy for you to implement and highly effective. It raises students' awareness of Standard English grammar with: targeted lessons that slide into even the most packed curriculum. teaching based on widely recognized best practices that are proven to work. suggestions for instructional language and assessment practices that empower linguistic choice rather than ldquo;correctrdquo; or devalue the language skills students bring to school. For success in school, Standard English grammar isn't optional - it's an option every student must have. But it's not too late for underprepared students to find the power of choice and take their passion for writing to a whole new level. Not when they're Catching Up on Conventions.
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List price: $24.38
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Chantal Francois is the coauthor of the Heinemann title Catching Up on Conventions. She taught at East Side Community High School in New York City. Now she is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she works as a research assistant, teaching fellow, consultant, and editor of the Harvard Educational Review. Her research focuses on the staff's and the students' experiences of East Side's literacy program.

Elisa Zonana is coauthor of the Heinemann title Catching Up on Conventions. She has worked in New York City public middle schools for the past thirteen years. She is currently a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she works in New York City public schools as well as schools around the country. She is a former teacher and literacy coach at East Side Community High School, where she continues to do much of her work.

Preface: Creating a Context That Sustains Powerful Practice
First Steps
Rethinking Grammar: Building the Foundation for Instruction
Looking at Student Writing and Listening to Student Talk to Inform Instruction
Planning Curricula and Creating Time to Include the Teaching of Grammar
The Grammar Curriculum
Designing the Grammar Lessons and Developing Lessons on Inaudible Errors: Apostrophes, Homophones, and Plural Nouns
Developing Lessons on Code-Switching: Double Negatives, Subject-Verb Agreement, and Additional Patterns Specific to Student Writing
Making It Stick Through Reinforcement and Assessment
Formative Assessment: Data Collection and Implications for Teaching
Understanding by Design Framework
Template for Grammar Lessons
Two Rules for Teacher Reference
Modified Texts for Quizzes and Tests
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