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Overview

Written as a springboard to teaching grammar, this book is designed to help teachers of grades 4—8 teach students to use the sixteen essential grammatical elements (seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses) in their writing. Exercises, strategies, and examples provide a guide for the teacher about how students can learn, expand, and transfer the grammar skills acquired to their own writing. The book is organized so that teachers can either pick and choose lessons that are tailored to meet their students' specific needs, or they can teach the material in a clear and effective scope and sequence from beginning to end..

Teachers Rave about Keith Polette’s New Way to Teach Writing!

“I like the writing exercises that are incorporated right from the start and the interesting approach to getting students to develop their understanding in their own words. I also would recommend the book to other teachers because it has universal appeal for any teacher trying to improve their own understanding of grammar and writing or who is looking for another good resource for their students.”

–Lona Garrison, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA

“I think this book is done very well. Teachers could use this book as a reference tool in the classroom.”

–Deedra Murray, Edyth J. Hayes Middle School, KY

Take a look inside:

  • Focuses on one grammatical element at a time to assist teachers in building on students' prior knowledge.
  • Addresses such topics as sentence building, combining, and imitation, writer's voice, word play, poetry, editing, and guided or process writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205491667
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Keith Polette, a specialist in children’s literacy, received a Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University, two Master’s Degrees–one in English and one in Drama–from Idaho State University, and a B.A. in English from Central Methodist University.

Currently, Dr. Polette is an Associate Professsor of English and the Director of the English Education Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Recently, he received the UTEP College of Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching & Research, the UT System Chancellor's Council Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was recognized by the Texas State Reading Association as an Outstanding Texas Author. Prior to moving to El Paso in 1995, Dr. Polette was a Mentor Teacher and an English/Language Arts teacher for both remedial and gifted students in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Polette has published over 30 articles in professional journals, eight books on teaching, and two books for children. His most recent publications are Read and Write It Out Loud: Guided Oral Literacy Strategies, Teaching Grammar Through Writing: Activities to Develop Writer’s Craft (both by Allyn & Bacon), Isabel and the Hungry Coyote, and Paco and the Giant Chile Plant (both by Raven Tree Press).

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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
Chapter 1     1
Nouns     1
Verbs     7
Pronouns     14
Adjectives     16
Adverbs     20
Prepositions     23
Conjunctions     25
Chapter 2     29
Absolute Phrases     29
Gerund Phrases     31
Infinitive Phrases     33
Prepositional Phrases     35
Participial Phrases     37
Appositive Phrases     40
Adjective Clauses     42
Adverbial Clauses     44
Noun Clauses     46
Sentence Expanding     48
Sentence Combining     51
Sentence Matching     53
Sentence Sense     54
Chapter 3     55
Punctuation Points     55
The Comma     55
The Apostrophe     56
The Colon     56
The Exclamation Point     56
Quotation Marks     57
The Semicolon     57
Special Focus: The Comma Splice     57
The Hyphen     57
The Dash     58
What Is a Sentence?     58
Sentence Subjects     59
Sentence Predicates     59
Compound Subjects and Predicates     61
Direct Object     62
Indirect Object     63
Predicate Noun     63
Predicate Adjective     63
Parallel Structure in Sentences     64
Sentence Structures     64
Ten Sentence Patterns to Imitate     65
Sixteen Kinds of Sentences: Different Constructions for Different Purposes     68
Figurative Language     69
A Note on Voice     71
Chapter 4     74
Word Play     74
Collecting Collective Nouns     78
Multiple-Meaning Words     78
Synonyms     78
What's in a Word?     79
Word Spectrum     79
Very Special Paragraphs     80
Concrete Poetry     81
Word Connections     82
Words and Sounds     82
Riddles     83
Rewritten Titles     84
Half a Proverb     85
Writing Questions     88
Flexible Thinking     88
Decision Making     89
More Decision Making      90
Rock 'n' Roll Names     90
Revising Weak Sentences     91
Parts of Speech Review     91
Re-Arrangements     92
Chapter 5     101
Passages to Edit     101
Reading Closely and Carefully to Find and Fix Errors     101
Chapter 6     111
Poetry Patterns     111
Build-a-Name Poetry     112
Diamante     113
Wishing upon a Poem     114
Bio-Poem     115
Night Poem     116
Alliterative Poem     117
Alliterative Character Poem     118
Parts of Speech Poem     118
Adverb Poem     119
Another Parts of Speech Poem     120
Prepositional Phrase Poem     121
Participial Phrase Poem     122
Sentence Pattern Poems     123
Syllable Poems     124
Syllable Question Poem     125
Text Message Poem     125
Chapter 7     126
Acts of Writing: Putting It All Together with Process Writing     126
Five Recursive Steps in the Writing Process     127
Activities and Ideas to Support Poetry Writing     128
Writing Extensions     148
Appendix A     158
Ideas for Writing in the Content Areas     158
Writing about a Nonfiction Topic Using an Alliterative Pattern     158
Writing about Frogs (or a person, animal, object, or place): Alternative Acrostic Poems     159
Writing about Two Animals with a Contrast Pattern     160
Writing about People, Things, or Animals: So You Want to Be     160
The Five Good Things Pattern     161
Writing about a Nonfiction Topic Using an Informational Paragraph     162
The Contrast Paragraph     163
Writing a Character Analysis/Personality Trait Paragraph     164
Multi-Modal Character/Person Analysis Paragraph     165
Biographical Writing: Who Is the Real Walter Frederick Morrison?     167
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Writing in Response to a Prompt: What Is a Hero?     169
Appendix C     171
Reproducible Masters     171
Works Cited     187
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