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Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century

Marion Terry

Publication Date - February 2014

ISBN: 9780195449075

272 pages
Paperback
8.9 x 7.0 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $34.99

Description

Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century offers highly detailed instruction for pre-service teachers on how to teach grammar and punctuation to students in grades 4-12. Since many pre-service teachers may need to learn some of these skills before they can teach them to their own students, the book uses minimal formal terminology and conveys grammar and punctuation concepts in ways that they can understand and explain to others.

The book focuses on teaching grammar and punctuation to elementary and high school students within the context of the reading and writing activities that are already happening in the classroom. Teachers are given tools to ensure that grammar and punctuation are not presented to students as unconnected lessons but as a seamless part of the learning experience across the curriculum.

Distinctive Features

Each chapter begins with a short explanation, followed by instructions for teaching the skill to students at three phases of learning: introduction, acquisition, and mastery. Each section ends with a hypothetical student writing example that includes ideas for using the example with students in each learning phase.

* Unique approach: The book avoids the heavy use of jargon and terminology and presents concepts in the plainest language possible, making the book perfect for teacher-candidates who were never taught the formal rules of grammar.

* Extensive examples: Each skill section includes instructions for teaching students at three phases of learning: introduction, acquisition, and mastery. These sections end with a student writing example and an illustrated two-page student reading example, and include ideas for using the examples with students in each learning phase.

* Proven techniques: The book supplies a wide range of effective techniques that are based on the author's thirty-five years of professional experience in teaching grammar and punctuation to students of all ages in grade school, adult education, and university settings.

Features

  • Unique approach! The book avoids the heavy use of jargon and terminology and presents concepts in the plainest language possible, making the book perfect for teacher-candidates who were never taught the formal rules of grammar.
  • Extensive examples! Each skill section includes instructions for teaching students at three phases of learning: introduction, acquisition, and mastery. These sections end with a student writing example and an illustrated two-page student reading example, and include ideas for using the examples with students in each learning phase.
  • Proven techniques! The book supplies a wide range of effective techniques that are based on the author's thirty-five years of professional experience in teaching grammar and punctuation to students of all ages in grade school, adult education, and university settings.

About the Author(s)

Marion Terry is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. Before pursuing an academic career, she was for many years a primary and secondary school teacher in Manitoba, and was also academic program coordinator for adult education in northeast Saskatchewan.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    How to Use This Book
    Part One: Entry Level (grades 4-6)
    Grammar and Punctuation Skills Outlines
    1. Sentences Answer Questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
    2. Sentences: "Doer-Action" and "Be-er-Non-Action" Word Pairs
    3. Action and Non-Action Words: Time Is of the Essence
    4. Action and Non-Action Words: Tenses
    5. Agreement: "Doer-Action" and "Be-er-Non-Action" Word Pairs
    6. Words that Describe People and Things: What Kind? What Number?
    7. Words that Describe Action: Where? When? Why? How?
    8. Descriptive Words Can Be Tricky
    9. End Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points
    10. Capital Letters: Given Names, Languages, Nationalities
    11. Quotation Marks and Commas: Conversations and Lists
    12. Apostrophes Can Shorten Words
    13. Apostrophes Can Show Possession
    14. Colons Can Show Time
    15. Periods Can Shorten Words
    Grammar and Punctuation Skills Charts
    Part Two: Intermediate Level (grades 7-9)
    Grammar and Punctuation Skills Outlines
    16. Sentences: Subject-Verb Pairs, "Not-a-Sentence" Conjunctions, "Yes-a-Sentence" Adverbs
    17. Sentences: Purpose and Length
    18. Verbs Can Be Tricky
    19. Adjectives: What Kind? What Number? Which One? Whose?
    20. Adverbs: Where? When? Why? How? Under What Conditions?
    21. Agreement: Tense, Number, Structure
    22. Commas for Separation: Quotations, Lists, FANBOYS Conjunctions
    23. Commas for Interruption: Interjections, "Yes-a-Sentence" Adverbs, Oppositional Words, "Not-a-Sentence" Conjunctions
    24. More Punctuation: Capital Letters, Apostrophes, Italics, Quotation Marks, Parentheses, Colons, Semicolons, Hyphens
    25. Periods for Abbreviation
    Grammar and Punctuation Skills Charts
    Part Three: Advanced Level (grades 10-12)
    Grammar and Punctuation Skills Outlines
    26. Sentences: Subject-Verb Pairs, Conjunctions, Conjunctive Adverbs, Dependent and Independent Clauses
    27. Variety in Sentences: Interjections, Patterns, Structures
    28. Verbs: Tense, Voice, Linking and Helping Verbs, Verb Pairs, Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
    29. Adjectives: Descriptors, Determiners, Misplaced Modifiers
    30. Adverbs: Descriptive and Conjunctive Adverbs, Common Errors
    31. Agreement: Tense, Number, Structure
    32. Commas for Separation: Quotations, Lists, Coordinate (FANBOYS) Conjunctions
    33. Commas for Interruption: Interjections, Direct Address, Conjunctive Adverbs, Appositives, Oppositional Words, Prepositional Phrases, Relative Pronouns, Subordinate Conjunction
    34. More Punctuation: Capital Letters, Apostrophes, Italics, Quotation Marks, Dashes, Parentheses, Colons, Semicolons, Hyphens, Slashes
    35. Periods for Abbreviation
    Grammar and Punctuation Skills Charts
    Glossary
    References
    Index

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