The Grammar Plan Book: A Guide to Smart Teaching / Edition 1

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Thanks to Connie Weaver, generations of teachers have come to understand that the most efficient way to teach grammar that's relevant for writing is to embed it within writing instruction. Now her Grammar Plan Book is designed with precisely one thing in mind: to be the best resource you've ever used for teaching grammar to strengthen writing. This new book helps you apply a limited amount of grammar instruction directly to writing and enables you to map out instruction in the way that best serves the needs of your students.

A complete planning tool, The Grammar Plan Book has two complementary parts. Part One describes an overarching framework for high-quality grammar instruction in conjunction with the process of writing. It offers:

  • engaging examples of effective teaching
  • demonstrations of how that teaching has improved students' use of grammatical options in writing
  • suggestions for deciding which editing conventions to teach
  • an informal analysis of the grammatical content of typical ACT practice exams.

The Plan Book also contains ideas for encouraging students to make independent use of what they've learned in their own writing and about how to apply grammatical insights to enhance and improve their writing, from adding details to editing appropriately.

Then in Part Two, Weaver presents an exceptional tool for preparing to teach grammar related to improving writing: a minimal grammar handbook for teachers that doubles as a lesson planner. Everything you need to know to teach major grammatical options, stylistic features, and conventions is included:

  • basic grammatical functions within the sentence
  • grammatical options for adding details and sentence fluency
  • connectors (transitions) for organizational flow
  • parallelism and other rhetorical devices for emphasis and effect, style, and voice
  • stylistic options (dialect versus “standard”) for different audiences and purposes
  • conventions most important for edited American English
  • "rules" that don't necessarily rule effective published writing.
With a designated column for your notes, special lay-flat binding for your convenience, and helpful, comprehensive coverage of important grammatical concepts, The Grammar Plan Book is designed with one thing in mind: to be the best resource you've ever used for teaching grammar to strengthen writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325010434
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/26/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 631,911
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than three decades, Constance Weaver has been one of the fields' leading voices on literacy topics ranging from the reading process to grammar instruction with writing. Reading Process & Practice first appeared in 1988 and became widely known as the most authoritative, comprehensive, and definitive book of its kind. Now available in a Brief Edition, it continues to help teaches define reading in ways that support high-quality instruction. Connie once again led the way with the 1996 publication of the bestselling Teaching Grammar in Context and its companion Lessons to Share on Teaching Grammar in Context. Since then she has expanded and deepened her insights and specific teaching ideas in The Grammar Plan Book and Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing. In 1996, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English honored Weaver with the Charles C. Fries award for outstanding leadership in the profession. Connie is the Heckert Professor of Reading and Writing at Miami University , Oxford, Ohio, and Professor Emerita of English at Western Michigan University .
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xiii
Smart Teachers in Action: A Third Way
Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing: A Smart Perspective     3
What do smart teachers do about teaching grammar?     4
Sentence combining: A first step in teaching grammar innovatively?     6
Principles to guide the smart teaching of grammar for writing     7
How this book can help you     9
Resources for the smart teacher of grammar, whether expert or novice     11
Teaching Grammar "an Inch Wide and a Mile Deep"     16
Teaching grammatical constructions during the writing process     16
The Paper Bag Princess and participial phrases     17
Framework for teaching grammar throughout the writing process     23
Grammar lessons applied spontaneously     24
Teaching editing over time     27
Editing instruction: Where's the error?     27
Facing the error of our ways     28
Working editing into the writing process     29
Imitating     29
Hunting and categorizing     30
Discussing and clarifying     30
How do we avoid teaching everything and nothing?     31
Modifiers to Enrich Writing     33
Traditional and linguistic descriptions of the language     34
Background concepts     36
Basic parts of speech     36
Basic parts of a sentence: subject + predicate     37
Clauses and phrases     37
What are modifiers, and why teach them?     38
Bound and free modifiers     38
Which modifying constructions to teach     39
Adjectivals     39
Appositives     39
"Out-of-order" adjectivals     40
Present participials     42
Absolutes     42
Adjectival phrases: Bringing them all together     43
Adverbial clauses     44
Teaching subordinate adverbial clauses     45
How to Launch the Teaching of Modifiers     47
Where and how to begin?     47
Introducing participial phrases     49
Introducing absolutes     53
A final word     58
Teaching Editing Skills and (Gasp!) Standardized Tests of Grammar Skills     60
Deciding what editing skills to teach     60
Teaching revision and editing skills for the standardized tests     63
Should we even try to teach to the tests?     64
Inside the Act: What's heavily tested and what isn't?     65
Rhetorical skills: Content, organization, connection, and flow-highest emphasis     67
Connectors, punctuation, and sentence structure relating to flow-high emphasis     68
Phrase-level and sentence-level constraints-moderate emphasis     68
Phrase-level and sentence-level constraints-low emphasis     68
Phrase-level and sentence-level constraints-minimal emphasis     68
What aspects of editing should we teach in the context of writing?     69
The Grammar Planner
Grammar to Expond and Enrich Writing: Putting First Things First     75
Adverbials     75
Adverbial clauses     76
Movable adverbials     77
Adjectivals that are "bound" modifiers     78
Adjectival clauses     79
Other postnoun adjectivals that are "bound"     79
Prepositional phrases: Adjectival and adverbial     80
Adjectivals that are "free" modifiers     81
Appositives     81
Out-of-order adjectivals     82
Single-word adjectives     82
Adjective-headed phrases     83
Present participle phrases     84
Absolutes     84
Movable adjectivals revisited     85
Dangling modifiers     86
Parallelism      87
Comma uses relating to modifiers and parallelism     89
Opener     89
Interrupter     90
Closer     91
Series separator     92
The Sentence: Structure, Organization, Punctuation-and More     95
Subject and predicate     96
Nominal in the subject function     97
Noun     97
Noun phrase     98
Pronoun     99
Verbal     100
Verb     100
Main verb, auxiliary verb, and verb phrase     100
Subject-verb agreement     102
When two compound subjects are joined     103
When a prepositional phrase or other construction separates the subject and verb     103
When the subject and verb are inverted     104
When the subject is an indefinite pronoun     104
Independent clause     105
Joining and separating independent clauses (simple sentences)     105
Avoiding run-on or comma-splice sentences and ineffective fragments     107
Modifying functions: Adjectival and adverbial     109
Adjectival     109
Adverbial     110
The predicate expanded     111
Beyond the simple: Subordinate clauses and the complex sentence     113
Grammatical Considerations in Choosing the Right Words     114
Verbs: Consistency of tense     114
Pronoun uses     115
Use of subject or object form     115
Use of subject or object form to introduce subordinate clauses     116
Inside the adjective clause     116
Inside the noun clause     117
Agreement in number with noun or pronoun referred to     118
Pronoun-pronoun agreement     118
Unspecified they and you     119
Unclear pronoun reference generally     120
Vague reference with it, this, that, which     120
Nouns: Use of the apostrophe in possessives     121
Possessive personal pronouns versus contractions     122
Adjective and adverb forms and uses     123
Compound and superlative forms     124
Adjective or adverb form     124
Homophones commonly confused     125
Two, to, and too     125
Your versus you're     125
There, their, and they're     125
Its versus it's     125
Whose versus who's     126
Accept versus except     126
Affect versus effect      126
Than versus then     126
Weather versus whether     127
Eliminating redundancy and wordiness     127
More on Style, Rhetoric, and Conventions     128
Dialects, English-language-learning markers, and informal and formal variants     128
Foregrounding     129
Sentence inversion with it     131
Sentence inversion with there     132
"Cleft" sentence patterns     132
Punctuation uses and options     133
Dashes     133
Colons     134
Semicolons     135
Commas     136
Rules that don't rule     136
Nonrule 1: Don't split an infinitive     137
Nonrule 2: Don't end a sentence with a preposition     137
Nonrule 3: Don't start a sentence with and or but     138
Nonrule 4: Don't use sentence fragments     138
Nonrule 5: Don't use the passive voice     139
Nonrule 6: Don't start a sentence with hopefully     140
Nonrule 7: Don't start a sentence with there     141
Developing Your Own Scope and Sequence     142
References     147
Index     151
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