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


Offering a fun, engaging approach to grammar instruction, this guide includes clear explanations of grammatical terms and practical activities for all students, including English language learners.

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Offering a fun, engaging approach to grammar instruction, this guide includes clear explanations of grammatical terms and practical activities for all students, including English language learners.

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Editorial Reviews

Linda Irvin
"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."
Tabia Lee
"This book provides teachers with the how-tofor 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."
Amy Benjamin
"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."
Kim Whitling
"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."
Natalie R. Scavone
"The authorsprovide 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!"
Diana Mann
"This booknot 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."
Marilyn Zaretsky
"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."
Maryanne N. Maisano
"This book is a breath of fresh air for the old, mustymethods of teaching grammar. It helps students and teachers realize the practical reasons for learning grammar while understanding the history of language."
Elizabeth Benefield
"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.”
Ahmes Askia
"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."
Stewart Lyons
"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."
Kay A. Smith
"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 andis a joy to read!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412959483
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Evelyn Rothstein has been an educational consultant specializing in teaching writing across the curriculum for the past twenty years. With a background in classroom teaching and a specialization in linguistics and language development, she has trained teachers and implemented her strategy-based Writing As Learning and Write for Mathematics programs in hundreds of schools and school districts throughout the United States. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Writing as Learning and Write for Mathematics. Rothstein is a graduate of the City University of New York and Teachers College, Columbia University with degrees in education, speech, reading, and psycholinguistics.

Andrew S. Rothstein has had a distinguished career as a teacher, administrator, and researcher. His diverse and enriching experiences in international schools, special education, public schools, and consulting have given him a broad perspective of the contexts in which children learn. As an author and presenter, he has achieved wide acclaim for his work in improving school performance by focusing on improving instruction and its supervision. His work in integrating many subject areas through writing has been highly effective in improving test scores in districts across the country. As principal, Rothstein led site-based improvements that resulted in strong increases in student academic performance. While superintendent of a regional school serving children with severe physical disabilities and health impairments, Rothstein reorganized staff development, created new curricula, and integrated technology into the instructional program for children for children from prekindergarten through high school.He has been an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University and Touro College. Rothstein earned a master's degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in educational administration from New York University.

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Table of Contents

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
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

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