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English Grammar Instruction That Works!
Developing Language Skills for All Learners



January 2009 | 240 pages | Corwin
How can teachers make grammar fun to learn really, really fun and memorable? Offering a fresh perspective for teaching English grammar, the authors present essentials on the structure of the English language, a wealth of practical strategies, and numerous examples of lively, student-centered activities for building students' skills and understanding. Appropriate for all learners, this accessible book examines what students should know about language and grammar and illustrates how to:

best teach students what they need to know

clarify the role of vocabulary in relationship to grammar

help students enlarge their sentence-making repertoire

incorporate grammar with language arts and other subject areas.

 
Preface
Our Point of View

 
Objectives and Key Points

 
Publisher's Acknowledgments

 
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
The Premise of This Book

 
What Do We Mean by Grammar?

 
The History of Teaching Grammar in the United States of America

 
Current Standards Related to Teaching Grammar

 
 
2. Language and Metalanguage
Overview of the Terms Language and Metalanguage

 
A Brief History of the English Language

 
Internet Sites

 
 
3. Builders of Linguistic Intelligence
Phonology

 
Morphology

 
Syntax

 
Semantics

 
Etymology

 
Internet Sites

 
 
4. Parts of Speech and the English Language
Teaching English Through the Structure of the English Language

 
Morphological and Non-Morphological Words

 
Expanding Definitions of Parts of Speech

 
Organizing and Naming the Verb Conjugation Forms

 
Verbs by Categories

 
The Adjective in the English Language

 
The Adverb in the English Language

 
Internet Sites

 
 
5. Syntax and Semantics
Getting Meaning

 
Sentences and Semantics

 
Internet Sites

 
 
6. The Polyglot of English
The Latin "DNA"

 
Terms for Understanding the Structures of Words and Parts of Words

 
Getting Meaning by Sorting and Clarifying

 
Internet Sites

 
 
7. The Polyglot: Beyond Latin and Greek
Ich Spreche Deutsch - The Germanic Connection

 
The French Connection - The Year 1066

 
Hablo Espanol - I Speak Spanish

 
Yiddish or Yinglish

 
Worlwide Contributions- African Americans, American Indians, East Indians

 
Contributions From China and Japan

 
Internet Sites

 
 
8. Return to Parts of Speech
The Small Words

 
Internet Sites

 
 
9. Sentences, Paragraphs, and Other Structures of the Written Language
Converting Spoken Sentences to Written Sentences

 
Working With Sentence Units

 
Finding Sentence Boundaries in Written Sentences

 
"Deconstructing" Sentences to Find Their Deep Structure Meaning

 
Subjects and Predicates

 
Tenses and Agreement

 
Verb Agreement

 
The Paragraph

 
The Grammatical Voice

 
Internet Sites

 
 
10. Grammar for Word Play
Making Grammar Really Fun

 
Internet Sites

 
 
11. Reading, Writing, and Grammar
Combining Reading With Grammar

 
ABC Books for Building Language and Grammar Literacy

 
Internet Sites

 
 
12. Punctuation, Spelling, Text Messaging, and Other Consequences of Grammar
Learning About Punctuation

 
Spelling and Grammar

 
Internet Sites

 
 
13. Additional Learning Activities
Building Sentence Power

 
Paragraphs and Transitions

 
Having Fun With Grammar and Words

 
 
References
 
Index

"This is a totally new approach to teaching the dry topic of grammar. The author uses history, multiple content areas, and real-world viewpoints to involve students and give them every opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the topic."

Linda Irvin, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Sunflower Elementary School, Paola, KS

"This book provides teachers with the how-to for applying the theories we find tacitly agreeable but may not know how to implement in the classroom. Without an over-reliance on case studies or anecdotes, the strategies provided are adaptable to multiple levels of grammar instruction."

Tabia Lee, English and Social Studies Teacher
Belvedere Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

"This book is very interesting, important, and engaging. It is user friendly and introduces teachers at all levels (secondary English specialists as well as elementary generalists) to linguistic principles that should inform our teaching of both grammar and vocabulary."

Amy Benjamin, Educational Consultant

"Andrew and Evelyn Rothstein have given teachers a model for teaching the structure of our language with fun and interesting strategies that can be used at all grade levels. They show teachers how to take grammar instruction from a stand-alone subject to an integral part of a complete literacy program."

Kim Whitling, Fifth-Grade Inclusion Teacher
Franklinville Central School, NY

"The authors provide research-based strategies and support to move grammar instruction from diagramming sentences to constructing sentences, from rote memorization to student involvement, and from dull and boring to exciting and engaging. This text shows teachers the way English grammar instruction can really be!"

Natalie R. Scavone, New Visions Teacher
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, NY

"This book not only provides the how and why of grammar, it offers wonderful strategies that will motivate and encourage our school population to become truly successful in understanding and using language. With its numerous and engaging activities, this book will build student competence and confidence and raise the standards of literacy."

Diana Mann, Educational Consultant
National Urban Alliance

"A practical, delightful, creative, brilliant, and deep guide to English grammar instruction. Their love and extensive knowledge of the English language is evident on every page. They provide all the ingredients for teachers and students to experience expanded learning opportunities in all disciplines."

Marilyn Zaretsky, Director
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

"This book is a breath of fresh air for the old, musty methods of teaching grammar. It helps students and teachers realize the practical reasons for learning grammar while understanding the history of language."

Maryanne N. Maisano, Visiting Assistant Professor
Western Carolina University

"Provides a fresh approach that offers sound pedagogy and speaks to the challenges that teachers meet in today’s classrooms. Its engaging activities will enrich students’ language abilities with systematic instruction that spans all content areas.”

Elizabeth Benefield, Principal
Resurrection Catholic School, Pascagoula, MS

"Informative, practical, and fun. The conversations around helping students build a Latin vocabulary places the reader within the context of how doing so increases reading comprehension, higher levels of writing, and a greater knowledge of the relationship between words and grammar."

Ahmes Askia, Director of Professional Development
National Urban Alliance

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Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction


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