With clear, accessible language and practical, concrete examples from real writing and teaching situations, Grammar for Language Arts Teachers (GLAT) provides a contextualized and comprehensive overview of English grammar.
Unlike other advanced grammar textbooks,GLAT has been developed for pre-service teachers “from the ground up.” The result is a practical and effective text that provides students with a solid foundation in grammar as well as classroom-tested strategies for applying these principles to students' own writing and teaching methods. Avoiding technical discussions that focus on terminology and overly subtle distinctions, GLAT is built upon straightforward instruction, lively examples, compelling exercises, and clear connections to classroom applications. GLAT is designed to not only broaden students' knowledge of English grammar, but also help students become better communicators, competent users of the English language, and more effective language arts teachers.
'Grammar for Language Arts Teachers' is just that: for teachers. This is a book that very explicitly defines, illustrates, and gives examples for the teaching of grammar in a traditional you've-seen-this-before kind of a way. The text itself is a little dry and uses a lot of techinical terms while it goes pretty in-depth (there are over 76 pages on noun and noun phrases). Not the best read for elementary students. If you agree with the tradtional methond of teaching grammar, you would think that this is a good book. The three authors, Calderonello, Martin, and Blair make it crystal clear in their definitions and examples what different grammatical terms are and include a helpful glossary. I myself learned a lot about the different parts of speech. What I wasn't crazy about is the way that the authors present the material. It's shown in a same-ol' kind of way, such as the many 'underline the grammatical term' types of exercies with included answers. I approach grammar differently, and what I think works better are the few included ideas and exercies for the classroom that are more creative, such as using music and poetry to explore different sentence structures. I think this book would be good for a teacher using a traditional approach but I also would reccommend it to other grammar teachers, not for your studetns, but more for yourself. It would be a good tool to use to brush up on your terms. It also makes an excellent reference for the classroom and does have some interesting and engaging activities to try.
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