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With Teaching Grammar in Context, thousands of teachers discovered why students achieve better results when they learn grammar during the process of writing. In Lessons to Share, Connie Weaver's promised sequel, she focuses on the practical, offering valuable "lessons" from educators at all levels.

The first section of the book addresses the learning and teaching of grammar, setting the stage for subsequent sections. The purpose behind the article on how language is learned is to help readers understand that babies and preschoolers acquire the grammar of their language without direct instruction and that language continues to develop indirectly during children's school years. Connie's article on teaching grammar in the context of writing articulates other aspects of the rationale that underlies this book: teaching grammar in the context of its use.

The second and major section deals with teaching grammar through writing, across the grades. The authors address punctuation, parts of speech, effective word choice and syntax, and conferencing with students to teach revision and editing. The next section focuses on style, with emphasis on sentence composing, "image grammar," and "breaking the rules" for stylistic effect. There is also a discussion of the power of dialects and the dialects of power. The last section deals with teaching the English language and its grammar to ESL students in kindergarten through college. The section and book conclude with an article on using grammar checking computer software.

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Editorial Reviews

Weaver's sequel to features 18 articles addressing issues such as: how language is learned; teaching grammar through writing, across the grades; sentence composing, image grammar, and breaking the rules for stylistic effect; the power of dialects and dialects of power; teaching the English language and its grammar to ESL students in kindergarten through college; and using grammar-checking computer software. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867093940
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/11/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 921,160
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.67 (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

The Learning and Teaching of Grammar

How Language Is Learned: From Birth Through the Elementary Years and Beyond, J. Kiel

Teaching Grammar in the Context of Writing, C. Weaver

Grammar Through Writing, Across the Grades

Learning to Punctuate Sentences in the Elementary Grades, P. Cordeiro

Teaching Writing and Grammar in Context, S. Peterson

Facilitating the Use of Description-and Grammar, S. Woltjer

Using Mini-Lessons to Promote Student Revision: Helping Students Realize Their Power over Words, S. Rowe

When Grammar Matters: Guiding Students Through Revision, R. Callies

Learning to Use Grammar with Precision Through Editing Conferences, E. Brinkley

Developing Correctness in Student Writing: Alternatives to the Error Hunt, L. Rosen

Image Grammar, H. Noden

Teaching Style and the Use of Grammar for Rhetorical Effect and Appropriateness

Sentence Composing: Notes on a New Rhetoric, D. Killgallon

Breaking the Rules in Style, T. Romano

The Power of Dialect: Ebonics Personified, D. Troutman-Robinson

Ebonics and the "Parsley" Problem: Personal Reflections, C. Weaver

Special Populations and Situations

Meeting the Special Needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) Students in Public Schools, M. Loewe

Implementing Whole Language in a University-Level ESL Curriculum, M. Loewe

Preparing Teachers to Teach About Language, D. & Y. Freeman

Between Teachers and Computers: Does Text-Checking Software Really Improve Student Writing?, T. Beals

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