Grammar Matters

Lessons, Tips, and Conversations Using Mentor Texts, K-6

If you are a teacher of grades K–6, you may be asking, "Should I teach grammar in my classroom on a daily basis? How would I go about doing this? And how can I teach grammar so it isn't boring to my kids?" In Grammar Matters, Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty answer these questions and more. Using mentor texts as the cornerstone for how best to teach grammar, this book provides teachers with almost everything they need to get kids not only engaged but excited about learning grammar.

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If you are a teacher of grades K–6, you may be asking, "Should I teach grammar in my classroom on a daily basis? How would I go about doing this? And how can I teach grammar so it isn't boring to my kids?" In Grammar Matters, Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty answer these questions and more. Using mentor texts as the cornerstone for how best to teach grammar, this book provides teachers with almost everything they need to get kids not only engaged but excited about learning grammar....read more

About the Author(s)

Lynne, a native of Philadelphia, received her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education, her supervisory certificate in elementary education, her reading specialist certificate from LaSalle University, and her educational leadership doctorate degree from Immaculata University.

Diane Esolen Dougherty lives with her husband in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of West Chester University and received a master's degree from Villanova University. While working on her degree at Villanova, she was a research scholar working with professors of English.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART I: NARRATIVE UNITS OF STUDY
Chapter 1: Writing the Narrative
Chapter 2: Wordless Books Create Story and Opportunities for Grammar Lessons
Chapter 3: Writing the Personal or Fictionalized Narrative
Chapter 4: Using a Touchstone Text to Write Fiction
PART II: INFORMATIONAL UNITS OF STUDY
Chapter 5: Introduction to Informational Writing
Chapter 6: Writing Descriptions in the Primary Grades
Chapter 7: Description and Compare/Contrast
Chapter 8: Procedural Writing
PART III: OPINION WRITING UNITS OF STUDY
Chapter 9: Introduction to Opinion Writing
Chapter 10: Opinion Writing in the Primary Grades
Chapter 11: Opinion Writing in the Upper Grades
PART IV: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GRAMMAR AND CONVENTIONS
Chapter 12: Introduction to Grammar and Conventions Conversations
Chapter 13: Whole-Group Conversations About Grammar and Conventions
Chapter 14: One-on-One Conferring with Grammar and Conventions in Mind
Chapter 15: Conversations with Educators Assessing Growth in Grammar and Conventions
Chapter 16: Using Mentor Texts for Whole- or Small-Group Instruction
Afterword
A Treasure Chest of Children's Books for Teaching Grammar and Conventions

Product Details

Grade Range: K-6
Media: 344 pp/paperMedia: E-BookMedia: E-Book/Print
Year: 2014
Item No: 0991Item No: 1029Item No: B991
ISBN: 978-157110-991-0ISBN: 978-162531-029-3ISBN: 978-15711B-991-0

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