9780195449075

Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century

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    9780195449075

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    019544907X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-02-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century offers highly detailed instruction for pre-service teachers on how to teach grammar and punctuation to students in grades 4-12. Since many pre-service teachers may need to learn some of these skills before they can teach them to their own students, the book uses minimal formal terminology and conveys grammar and punctuation concepts in ways that they can understand and explain to others.

The book focuses on teaching grammar and punctuation to elementary and high school students within the context of the reading and writing activities that are already happening in the classroom. Teachers are given tools to ensure that grammar and punctuation are not presented to students as unconnected lessons but as a seamless part of the learning experience across the curriculum.

Distinctive Features

Each chapter begins with a short explanation, followed by instructions for teaching the skill to students at three phases of learning: introduction, acquisition, and mastery. Each section ends with a hypothetical student writing example that includes ideas for using the example with students in each learning phase.

* Unique approach: The book avoids the heavy use of jargon and terminology and presents concepts in the plainest language possible, making the book perfect for teacher-candidates who were never taught the formal rules of grammar.

* Extensive examples: Each skill section includes instructions for teaching students at three phases of learning: introduction, acquisition, and mastery. These sections end with a student writing example and an illustrated two-page student reading example, and include ideas for using the examples with students in each learning phase.

* Proven techniques: The book supplies a wide range of effective techniques that are based on the author's thirty-five years of professional experience in teaching grammar and punctuation to students of all ages in grade school, adult education, and university settings.

Author Biography


Marion Terry is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. Before pursuing an academic career, she was for many years a primary and secondary school teacher in Manitoba, and was also academic program coordinator for adult education in northeast Saskatchewan.

Table of Contents


Introduction
How to Use This Book
Part One: Entry Level (grades 4-6)
Grammar and Punctuation Skills Outlines
1. Sentences Answer Questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
2. Sentences: "Doer-Action" and "Be-er-Non-Action" Word Pairs
3. Action and Non-Action Words: Time Is of the Essence
4. Action and Non-Action Words: Tenses
5. Agreement: "Doer-Action" and "Be-er-Non-Action" Word Pairs
6. Words that Describe People and Things: What Kind? What Number?
7. Words that Describe Action: Where? When? Why? How?
8. Descriptive Words Can Be Tricky
9. End Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points
10. Capital Letters: Given Names, Languages, Nationalities
11. Quotation Marks and Commas: Conversations and Lists
12. Apostrophes Can Shorten Words
13. Apostrophes Can Show Possession
14. Colons Can Show Time
15. Periods Can Shorten Words
Grammar and Punctuation Skills Charts
Part Two: Intermediate Level (grades 7-9)
Grammar and Punctuation Skills Outlines
16. Sentences: Subject-Verb Pairs, "Not-a-Sentence" Conjunctions, "Yes-a-Sentence" Adverbs
17. Sentences: Purpose and Length
18. Verbs Can Be Tricky
19. Adjectives: What Kind? What Number? Which One? Whose?
20. Adverbs: Where? When? Why? How? Under What Conditions?
21. Agreement: Tense, Number, Structure
22. Commas for Separation: Quotations, Lists, FANBOYS Conjunctions
23. Commas for Interruption: Interjections, "Yes-a-Sentence" Adverbs, Oppositional Words, "Not-a-Sentence" Conjunctions
24. More Punctuation: Capital Letters, Apostrophes, Italics, Quotation Marks, Parentheses, Colons, Semicolons, Hyphens
25. Periods for Abbreviation
Grammar and Punctuation Skills Charts
Part Three: Advanced Level (grades 10-12)
Grammar and Punctuation Skills Outlines
26. Sentences: Subject-Verb Pairs, Conjunctions, Conjunctive Adverbs, Dependent and Independent Clauses
27. Variety in Sentences: Interjections, Patterns, Structures
28. Verbs: Tense, Voice, Linking and Helping Verbs, Verb Pairs, Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
29. Adjectives: Descriptors, Determiners, Misplaced Modifiers
30. Adverbs: Descriptive and Conjunctive Adverbs, Common Errors
31. Agreement: Tense, Number, Structure
32. Commas for Separation: Quotations, Lists, Coordinate (FANBOYS) Conjunctions
33. Commas for Interruption: Interjections, Direct Address, Conjunctive Adverbs, Appositives, Oppositional Words, Prepositional Phrases, Relative Pronouns, Subordinate Conjunction
34. More Punctuation: Capital Letters, Apostrophes, Italics, Quotation Marks, Dashes, Parentheses, Colons, Semicolons, Hyphens, Slashes
35. Periods for Abbreviation
Grammar and Punctuation Skills Charts
Glossary
References
Index

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