Grammar matters : lessons, tips, & conversations using mentor texts, K-6 /

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Author / Creator:Dorfman, Lynne R., 1952-
Imprint:Portland, Maine : Stenhouse Publishers, [2014]
Description:1 online resource
Subject:English language -- Grammar -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Children's literature -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs.
English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
EDUCATION -- Elementary.
Children's literature -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs.
English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
English language -- Grammar -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Social Sciences.
Theory & Practice of Education.
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Electronic books.
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Other authors / contributors:Dougherty, Diane.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:If you are a teacher of grades K-6, you may be asking, "Should I teach grammar in my classroom on a daily basis? How would I go about doing this? And how can I teach grammar so it isn't boring to my kids?" In Grammar Matters, Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty answer these questions and more. Using mentor texts as the cornerstone for how best to teach grammar, this book provides teachers with almost everything they need to get kids not only engaged but excited about learning grammar. Divided into four parts -- Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, Opinion Writing, and Grammar Conversations -- this handy reference provides practical teaching tips, assessment ideas, grammar definitions, and specific mentor texts to help students learn about parts of speech, idioms, usage issues, and punctuation. Through conversation, conferences, "Your Turn" lessons, and drafting, revising, and editing exercises, students will learn not only specific concepts but also how to reflect up and transfer what they've learned to other writing tasks in any subject. The "Treasure Chest of Children's Books" provides an extensive list of both fiction and nonfiction books that fit naturally into grammar instruction. Eight appendices provide even more resources, including information on homophones, using mentor texts to teach grammar and conventions, checklists, comma rules, help for ELL students, and a glossary of grammar terms. Grammar Matters links instruction to the Common Core State Standards and features quality, classroom-tested tools that help teachers provide their students with the gifts of grammar and literacy. - Publisher.
Other form:Print version: Dorfman, Lynne R., 1952- Grammar matters 9781571109910
Table of Contents:
  • Part 1. Narrative units of study
  • ch. 1. Writing the narrative
  • ch. 2. Wordless books create story and opportunities for grammar lessons
  • ch. 3. Writing the personal or fictionalized narrative
  • ch. 4. Using a touchstone text to write fiction
  • Part 2. Informational units of study
  • ch. 5. Introduction to informational writing
  • ch. 6. Writing descriptions in the primary grades
  • ch. 7. Description and compare/contrast
  • ch. 8. Procedural writing
  • Part 3. Opinion writing units of study
  • ch. 9. Introduction to opinion writing
  • ch. 10. Opinion writing in the primary grades
  • ch. 11. Opinion writing in the upper grades
  • Part 4. Conversations about grammar and conventions
  • ch. 12. Introduction to grammar and conventions conversations
  • ch. 13. Whole-group conversations about grammar and conventions
  • ch. 14. One-on-one conferring with grammar and conventions in mind
  • ch. 15. Conversations with educators : assessing growth in grammar and conventions
  • ch. 16. Using mentor texts for whole- or small-group instruction
  • Afterword
  • A treasure chest of children's books for teaching grammar and conventions.