Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action

Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action

by Sarah Tantillo

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Overview

How we frame grammar instruction matters. If you view it as "fixing incorrect sentences," you teach it that way. If you view it as "building strong, compelling sentences," you take a different approach. Using Grammar to Improve Writing explains a new way to teach grammar—systematically and purposefully—in order to strengthen student writing. It offers detailed guidance on which grammar standards to teach when and how to use grammatical forms to capture ideas. This new approach will enable students to write more efficiently and effectively. Using Grammar to Improve Writing answers these questions: • What should we STOP doing? • How can we teach grammar more effectively and integrate it with writing more systematically? • How can we help students who are not on grade level? • Which other factors affect how well we write? • What should we teach, grade by grade, in K-12 ELA? Though pitched as a grammar instructional manual, this is secretly a book about how to teach students how to write clearly. It should be useful not only to K-12 educators but also to college writing instructors and writers interested in strengthening their practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543932591
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 04/16/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sarah Tantillo, author of The Literacy Cookbook: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction and Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action, consults with schools on literacy instruction, curriculum development, and school culture-building. She has taught high school English and Humanities in both suburban and urban public schools, including the high-performing North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. Visit Sarah at www.literacycookbook.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

About The Author xiii

Introduction: What Problems This Book Attempts to Solve, and How xv

Part 1 Guiding Principles of Effective Grammar and Writing Instruction 1

Chapter 1 What should we Stop doing? 3

Chapter 2 How can we teach grammar more effectively and integrate it with writing more systematically? 11

How To Carry Soup 12

Principle #1: Treat Students Like Detectives 17

Principle #2: Explain Why This Lesson Matters 18

Principle #3: Ask, "What Do You Like About That Sentence?" 21

Principle #4: Give Faster Feedback 27

Principle #5: Celebrate Success 33

Principle #6: Provide Oral Support 34

Principle #7: Model, Model, Model 37

How To Fit Everything In 38

Chapter 3 How can we help students who are not on grade level? 43

Figure Out Where They Are 43

It's Ok-And Necessary-To Go Backwards Before You Go Forwards 48

Start Smart 50

Keep Track of Progress 50

Make Sure Everyone Is Reading Grade-Level Texts 51

Chapter 4 Which other factors affect how well we write? 53

The Most Important Writing Standard 53

Genre, Audience, And Tone 58

Argument Vs. Evidence, Steps 1-3 Revisited 62

The Challenge of Concluding 74

Combatting Learned Helplessness 75

Part 2 What Should We Teach, Grade By Grade, In K-12 ELA? 85

Chapter 5 Grades K-2 Writing and Language Instruction 87

K-2 Writing Standards With Instructional Guidance 87

K-2 Language Standards 93

K Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 95

Grade 1 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 101

Grade 2 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 114

Chapter 6 Grades 3-5 Writing and Language Instruction 125

Grades 3-5 Writing Standards With Instructional Guidance 125

Grades 3-5 Language Standards 135

Grade 3 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 139

Grade 4 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 155

Grade 5 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 169

Chapter 7 Grades 6-8 Writing and Language Instruction 183

Grades 6-8 Writing Standards With Instructional Guidance 183

Grades 6-8 Language Standards 194

Grade 6 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 196

Grade 7 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 204

Grade 8 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 209

Chapter 8 Grades 9-12 Writing and Language Instruction 217

Grades 9-12 Writing Standards With Instructional Guidance 217

Grades 9-12 Language Standards 226

Grades 9-10 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 228

Grades 11-12 Language Standards: A Deeper Dive 237

Part 3 Additional Resources 243

Chapter 9 Recommended Reading 245

Foundational Texts 245

Other Grammar Books of Interest 246

Where To Find Mentor Texts For Students 247

Chapter 10 Appendix 249

K-12 Selected Language CCS Tracker 249

Sample Overviews of Weekly ELA Routines 262

Sample Week of Lesson Plans: Poetry Analysis and Paragraph Writing 267

Bonus Content and How To Access It 284

How To Use The Literacy Cookbook Website 285

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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action is a nonfiction educational resource book for teachers and writers written by Sarah Tantillo. Tantillo is a former teacher who works as an educational consultant and literacy coach. She is also the author of The Literacy Cookbook: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction and Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action. Tantillo believes that students’ inability to write often stems from the methods that are currently used to teach them principles of grammar. She recognizes that grammar is not considered of primary interest by students or their teachers, and she has no interest in going back to the times when students dutifully diagrammed sentences and had syntactical rules hammered into them. Rather, she offers ways to integrate grammatical principles and elements of writing in such a way that they can be used efficiently while complying with Common Core State Standards. Sarah Tantillo’s Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action offers refreshing and innovative ways to help students learn grammar painlessly and even with a bit of fun. I appreciated how she uses insights based on second language acquisition to build her programs, and I loved how she transforms the writing process from being one hampered by relentless self-editing to one that is characterized by investigatory processes. Rather than present students with models and rules to memorize, she suggests methods that allow them to discover the right forms through comparison and detection of patterns. I especially liked how her coaching style helps kids easily progress from simple three-word sentences into more complex structures. Her ideas for helping kids catch up to their grade level are sound, and her breakdown of writing and language instruction for teaching by grade levels is fascinating from a linguistic standpoint. And while I’m one of those dinosaurs who actually loves reading grammar books, playing with syntax, and diagramming sentences, I appreciated the fresh and inspirational way in which she looks at grammar and writing. Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action is most highly recommended.