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The Craft of Grammar (DVD)

The Craft of Grammar (DVD)

Integrated Instruction in Writer's Workshop

Jeff Anderson

Teachers are urged to integrate grammar instruction with lessons on writer's craft, but what does that look like in real classrooms with real kids? In The Craft of Grammar, Jeff Anderson shows how he brings grammar and craft together meaningfully for student writers.


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Product Details

  • Author: Jeff Anderson
  • ISBN: 978-157110-476-2
  • Year:2007
  • Media: 60 minutes, 1 disc + viewing guide
  • Grade Range: 4-8
  • Item No: WEB-0476

Teachers are urged to integrate grammar instruction with lessons on writer's craft, but what does that look like in real classrooms with real kids? In The Craft of Grammar, Jeff Anderson shows how he brings grammar and craft together meaningfully for student writers.

Jeff and his sixth-grade students move easily from analyzing sentences to freewrites in writer's notebooks to "express-lane edits" of their writing in daily workshops. The lessons, individual conferences, and small-group activities on the video demonstrate how to use high-quality children's and young adult literature as mentor texts and as an alternative to "Daily Oral Language."

This sixty-minute DVD includes examples of:

  • developing whole-class lessons focused on short mentor text;
  • linking the writer's notebook to grammar instruction;
  • assisting students in individual conferences as they test new writing strategies and analyze text;
  • scaffolding learning through guided practice and small-group work;
  • creating mnemonic devices to help students retain key rules;
  • celebrating student success and tactfully correcting errors.

Jeff presents simple and imaginative tools and memory devices—from the whoop of the AAAWWUBIS to the clever and catchy FANBOYS—that help students see the value of grammar and mechanics in crafting powerful writing and retain that knowledge.

Filmed in his diverse, Title I classroom in San Antonio, Texas, and featuring Jeff's unique brand of energy, passion, and self-deprecating humor, The Craft of Grammar helps teachers of intermediate and adolescent writers find new and engaging ways to connect the writing process with grammar and mechanics.

Table of Contents

Program 1: Integration in Action: The Hair Lesson
Segment 1: Mentor Text 0:01-7:41 (7:40)
Segment 2: Writers Notebook 7:42-10:31 (2:50)
Segment 3: Student Sharing 10:32-15:02 (4:30)
Segment 4: Express-Lane Edit 15:03-19:16 (4:13)

Program 2: Teaching a Concept: Compound Sentences
Segment 1: FANBOYS 0:01-8:17 (8:16)
Segment 2: Small-Group Sentence Hunt 8:18-17:16 (8:57)
Segment 3: Individual Sentence Hunt 17:17-26:05 (8:47)

Bonus: Teaching Subordinating Conjunctions
AAAWWWUBBIS! 26:06-31:15 (5:09)

About the Author

Jeff Anderson
For the past eighteen years, Jeff has taught at large urban Title I schools in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. He is currently teaching sixth grade at Rayburn Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. >more

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