The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language / Edition 1

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Overview

Grammar is the gatekeeper to a culture of power, yet it is also the power behind the startling beauty and robustness of the English language. In The Power of Grammar, Mary Ehrenworth and Vicki Vinton show you how these two notions of power can help your grammar instruction address the practical and aesthetic needs of your student writers.

Ehrenworth and Vinton explore the impact of conventions on writing, and they offer you new and compelling ways to show adolescents how informed and purposeful grammatical choices can transform their writing from competent to original and innovative. Through contextualized lessons embedded within your writing curriculum, you'll guide students to an understanding of conventional written English, then show them how to manipulate conventions to produce artful writing.

Grounded in the latest research and tested in the field, The Power of Grammar also contains resources that support good teaching, including:

  • a concise, to the point, reproducible primer that highlights and defines the most important and useful grammatical conventions in English
  • a wealth of mentor texts that allow students to examine conventional and unconventional constructions from the work of published authors and practice composing their own sentences based on the example
  • detailed samples of four kinds of grammar minilessons, each of which can be used in their entirety or as a template to teach any grammatical point
  • tips for designing and aligning minilessons to those stages of the writing process where they best reinforce grammatical concepts
  • examples of student work that show you how successful Ehrenworth and Vinton's method can be.

Ehrenworth and Vinton also share their passionate belief in the potential of adolescents. By including stories of individual students who discovered and fashioned unique voices and styles by apprenticing themselves to mentor writers, The Power of Grammar will renew your faith not only in your students and the English language, but in the power of good teaching to change lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006888
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 213,340
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ehrenworth is coauthor of Pathways to the Common Core (with Lucy Calkins and Christopher Lehman). She is Deputy Director of Middle Schools at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. She studied history and literature at Harvard and then curriculum theory and adolescent literacy at Columbia, where she received her doctorate - and then has been lucky to work with three subjects she loves - books, children, and teachers. In addition to Pathways, Mary has authored and co-authored numerous books, including: The Power of Grammar; Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels; Constructing Curriculum and Tackling Complex Texts from Units of Study in Reading; and Looking to Write: Teaching Writing Through the Visual Arts. Mary is also offering support to educators with the Common Core Standards through an online course entitled Harnessing the Common Core Standards to Achieve Higher Levels of Reading and Writing in Your Classroom and School offered through our new Digital Campus.

Vicki Vinton is a literacy consultant and writer who has worked in the New York City public schools and in districts around the country for over fifteen years. With her fellow literacy consultant Dorothy Barnhouse, she is the author of What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making (Heinemann, 2012), which has been called "the best book...about reading in the age of the Common Core" (Kim Yaris of Literacy Builders) and a book that helps "think through the Common Core talk about close reading and text complexity" (Franki Sibberson of the National Council of Teachers of English). Her other books include The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language (Heinemann, 2005), co-authored with Mary Ehrenworth of the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, and the novel The Jungle Law (MacAdam/Cage, 2005). She is also the voice behind literacy blog To Make a Prairie (http://tomakeaprairie.wordpress.com), where she regularly shares resources, new ideas and work she has done in schools around the country.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching Grammar to Achieve Power, Beauty, and Voice Putting Conventions in Our In-Tray: Planning Grammar Curriculum Teaching Usage: Punctuation, Conventions, Style Love and Sedition: Getting Intimate with Grammar by Breaking the Rules The Sentence and the Apprentice
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