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



November 2008 | 240 pages | Corwin

"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

Build strong grammar skills to help students become better readers, writers, and communicators!

With today's diverse and standards-driven classroom environment, teachers are eager for a new approach to grammar instruction—one that builds understanding of the structure and nuances of English. This practical guide points the way to fun, engaging, and effective grammar teaching for Grades K–12.

Designed for classroom teachers, this resource covers grammar fundamentals that support vocabulary and writing skills. Readers will discover teaching strategies that encourage creativity and critical thought, based on a realistic approach to children's language development. This guide provides:

  • Clear explanations of grammatical terms as a refresher for teachers
  • Easy-to-implement classroom activities, including examples and word play from children's literature
  • Appropriate techniques for a broad audience of students, with specific suggestions for English language learners
  • Background on the development of English as a global language, promoting students' respect for diverse cultures
  • A teaching approach that supports the National Council of Teachers of English standards for English language arts

Help your students develop a deep understanding of English grammar and build a solid foundation for academic achievement and lifelong communications skills.


 
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 refreshing approach to the dreaded topic of grammar. The Rothstein's common-sense writing coupled with strategies that are extremely doable in a classroom make the topic of grammar not only exciting but understandable as well."

Stewart Lyons, Professor
Mercy College, Adelphi University, and Touro College

"Filled with entertaining ideas and the invitation for thoughtful classroomm possibilities, this text helps readers reconceptualize their innate language and enjoy new levels of English understanding. This book is a must for every English teacher and is a joy to read!"

Kay A. Smith, Assistant Professor of English and Literature
Utah Valley University
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