Slam Dunk Pronouns

Slam Dunk Pronouns

by Doris Fisher, D. L. Gibbs, Scott Angle
     
 

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Grammar comes to life in this unique series that uses entertaining sports narratives to teach language arts skills. Each colorfully illustrated title presents a fictional sports event through the eyes of TV announcer Buzz Star and a sidekick kid reporter. In stories designed to amuse as well as educate, press-box banter introduces amusing players and exciting action

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Grammar comes to life in this unique series that uses entertaining sports narratives to teach language arts skills. Each colorfully illustrated title presents a fictional sports event through the eyes of TV announcer Buzz Star and a sidekick kid reporter. In stories designed to amuse as well as educate, press-box banter introduces amusing players and exciting action, while cleverly incorporating sideline coaching on how to identify and use the parts of speech.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This book is part of the "Grammar All-Stars" series, designed to reinforce parts of speech skills at the elementary level. This edition focuses on pronouns. A basketball game called by sportscaster Buzz and his kid reporter Jeff Turner is the tactic used to interest readers in reinforcing usage skills. Colorful cartoon-like illustrations, frequent sidebar hints, a follow-up activity, and the play-by-play story combine to inspire readers in learning the uses of singular, plural, subject, object and possessive pronouns. Pronouns emphasized in the play-by-play are highlighted and the sidebar hints provide the actual usage rules for each example as Buzz and Jeff use the basketball game as an analogy for pronoun usage. Useful as a follow-up to a pronoun lesson, this book is especially appealing for students having difficulty mastering the rules for parts of speech. A listing of the rules is included at the end of the book as well as the written activity and its answer key. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Defining and using pronouns is reinforced in this lively competition for the High Hoops Trophy. Buzz Star and kid yo-yo champ Jeff Turner give an engaging play-by-play description of the game between the Playmakers and the Hotshots. Jeff explains that he helps a friend learn yo-yo tricks in exchange for help with his pronoun homework and Buzz gets across some important information about pronouns while using them to announce the game. "Hoop Hint" sidebars scattered throughout the book offer definitions and usage tips for specific pronouns. Singular, plural, subject, object, and possessive pronouns are highlighted. Bright, colorful, and sometimes humorous illustrations add to the book's appeal. Endmatter in this book from the series "Grammar All Stars: The Parts of Speech" consists of pronoun rules, a writing activity incorporating pronouns, and the answers to the activity. This is a good supplement to any second through fourth grade language program. It offers many opportunities for "spin off" lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4- These sports-themed stories are comparable to average early readers. In Adverbs , sports announcer Buzz Star gives a play-by-play account of the King of Swing Classic golf tournament. He returns in Pronouns for the big High Hoops Trophy basketball game. Readers will find the relevant part of speech highlighted in bold throughout each book, with definitions and explanatory notes (referred to as "Hole-in-One Hints" and "Hoop Hints") in text boxes every few pages. Presented in large font with ample white space and polished, cartoon-style illustrations, these stories may interest dedicated sports fans in need of an alternative lesson strategy. However, readers with more neutral tastes may be bored by the lack of drama, or turned off by the repeated use of sports vocabulary. Teachers will appreciate the succinct recap of grammar rules that follows each story, as well as the "All-Star Activity" and accompanying answer key. Best used for grammar practice rather than as reference works, these titles should be considered additional purchases where sports stories are a common request.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836889116
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Grammar All-Stars: The Parts of Speech Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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