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.
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 who works in the New York City public schools and for school districts around the country. She is the coauthor of the Heinemann titles What Readers Really Do and The Power of Grammar. Under her full name Victoria Vinton, she's the author of The Jungle Law, which People magazine called a "lyrical, elegant first novel." In addition to her writing and consultant work, she has taught at Queens College/CUNY; the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University; and at workshop, conference, and institute settings nationwide. Follow her blog at http://tomakeaprairie.wordpress.com/. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contact Vicki Vinton directly about professional development support.
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