The ideal springboard to teaching grammar, this book is designed to help teachers of grades four through twelve teach students to learn to recognize, and then consciously use in their writing, 16 essential grammatical elements: seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses. The flexible approach lets teachers tailor lessons based on their students’ particular needs.
In this streamlined version of the first edition, author Keith Polette stresses the importance of teaching students “less” so that they learn “more.” Rather than overwhelming students with too many structures, constructions, and rules, the book’s goal is simplification: What are the essential elements of grammar that students need to learn to use to become better writers?
English written language is composed of 16 elements–the foundational pieces of grammar, the bones of grammar–that students need to learn to use consciously so they can make writing work effectively for them. Teaching Grammar through Writing focuses on these 16 elements–seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses–and shows teachers how to begin by helping students identify and use these elements in both the prewriting and revision stages of the writing process.
The book begins with ideas about and writing activities for parts of speech, phrases, and clauses, followed by chapters on punctuation, kinds of sentences, and voice. The end of the book features 16 process-writing activities that invite students to use all they have learned about grammar in their own writing.
Table of Contents
Word Works I: Nouns
Word Works II: Verbs
Word Works III: Pronouns
Word Works IV: Adjectives
Word Works V: Adverbs
Word Works VI: Prepositions
Word Works VII: Conjunctions
Sentence Works I: Absolute Phrases
Sentence Works II: Gerund Phrases
Sentence Works III: Infinitive Phrases
Sentence Works IV: Prepositional Phrases
Sentence Works V: Participial Phrases
Sentence Works VI: Appositive Phrases
Sentence Works VII: Adjective Clauses
Sentence Works VIII: Adverbial Clauses
Sentence Works IX: Noun Clauses
The Exclamation Point
Special Focus: The Comma Splice
What Is a Sentence?
Compound Subjects and Predicates
Parallel Structure in Sentences
Ten Sentence Patterns to Imitate
Sixteen Kinds of Sentences: Different Constructions for Different Purposes
A Note on Voice
Passages to Edit
Reading Closely and Carefully to Find and Fix Errors
Wishing upon a Poem
Alliterative Character Poem
Parts of Speech Poem
Another Parts of Speech Poem
Prepositional Phrase Poem
Participial Phrase Poem
Sentence Pattern Poems
Syllable Question Poem
Text Message Poem
Acts of Writing: Putting It All Together with Process Writing
Five Recursive Steps in the Writing Process
Activities and Ideas to Support Poetry Writing
Ideas for Writing in the Content Areas
Writing about a Nonfiction Topic Using an Alliterative Pattern
Writing about Frogs (or a person, animal, object, or place): Alternative Acrostic Poems
Writing about Two Animals with a Contrast Pattern
Writing about People, Things, or Animals: So You Want to Be
The Five Good Things Pattern
Writing about a Nonfiction Topic Using an Informational Paragraph
The Contrast Paragraph
Writing a Character Analysis/Personality Trait Paragraph
Multi-Modal Character/Person Analysis Paragraph
Biographical Writing: Who Is the Real Walter Frederick Morrison?
Writing in Response to a Prompt: What Is a Hero?
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