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Unleasing Your Language Wizards: A Brain-based Approach to Effecive Editing and Writing, CourseSmart eTextbook

By John Crow

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 13, 2009

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Promote a sophisticated and effective writing style built on strong foundations of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and sentence fluency in your classroom!


Students of all ages have mastered an immense body of knowledge about English in an oral environment. Unleashing Your Language Wizards uses that existing knowledge to help students acquire a more mature, sophisticated, effective writing style built on strong foundations of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and sentence fluency.


Leaving behind traditional pedagogy that imposes arcane rules, rote memorization, and endless drills that have little interaction with existing competencies, this first edition book breaks new ground by developing a research-based, active-learning approach to teaching lasting sentence management skills by tapping into students’ natural learning abilities.


Unleashing Your Language Wizards is written for pre-service and in-service teachers, grades 3-12, who want to provide their students with lifelong skills and approaches that will help them conquer their written language issues. Instructors are provided with basic principles, specific examples, and sample activities, all of which teach the most important brain-based language concepts from a variety of different angles and approaches.  


Table of Contents


Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Dedication x
List of Tables xiii
List of Illustrations xv
Preface:  Introduction & Overview xvii
Section 1:  The Grammar Wizard 
Chapter 1:  Background
PC? 2
Processional Caterpillars 4
A Classroom Example 5
Student Reactions 7
What Is Grammar? 8
Traditional Grammar 11
The Grammar Wizard 11
What Students Already Know and Don’t Know 12
To Teach or Not to Teach 13
Discussion Questions 15
Chapter 2:  Meet Your Grammar Wizard
Native vs. Non-Native 18
English Speaker Competencies 19
Meet Your Grammar Wizard 20
Word List Demonstration 21
Chunking 23
Phrase Building Demonstration 27
Colorless Green Ideas Demonstration 29
Movement Demonstration 30
Letter Scrambling Demonstration 31
Reversal Demonstration 32
Where Is My Grammar Wizard? 33
Discussion Questions 33
Chapter 3:  Brain-Based Learning and TGP
Traditional Grammar and Traditional Grammar Pedagogy 38
TGP—Historically Speaking 38
Brain-Based Learning 40
Types of Memory 42
Your Grammar Wizard 44
Natural vs. Rote Learning 45
The Natural Learning Process 46
Depth of Processing 50
Methods of Presentation 51
Natural Learning and TGP 52
Brain-Based Learning Tenets and TGP 53
Moving On 54
Discussion Questions 54
Chapter 4:  The Grammar Wizard Approach
Grammar Wizard Basics 68
Wrapping Up 77
Discussion Questions 78
Section 2:  Using the Grammar Wizard 
Chapter 5:  Grammar Wizard Tests
What Are Grammar Wizard Tests? 86
How Do I Present Grammar Wizard Tests? 87
Parts of Speech 89
Nouns 90
Verbs 90
Adjectives 91
Adverbs 91
Pronouns 92
Prepositions 96
Possessives 98
Recursiveness and Elaboration 102
Discussion Questions 106
Chapter 6:  Grammar Wizard Activities
Introduction 118
Brain-Based Checklist 119
Body Grammar 120
Tag Questions 124
Yes-No Questions 127
Manipulatives 130
Index Cards—Possessive 131
Noun Phrase Building 133
Reading Rods Sentence-Construction Kit® 136
Velcro Punctuation 137
Games Based on Existing Games 138
Grammar Charades 138
Mad Libs 139
Grammar Jeopardy 139
Hollywood Squares or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 139
Discussion Questions 140
Chapter 7:  Grammar Wizard Toolbox
Introduction 149
The Joshua Tree Syndrome 152
High Yield Strategies 153
Participle Phrases 154
Gerund Phrases 161
Appositive Phrases 164
Infinitive Phrases 168
Parallelism 169
Nominative Absolute 175
Adjectives Out of Order 178
Inclusive Activities 180
The I Am Poem 181
Mini-Revisions 182
Literary Goldmines 184
Discussion Questions 185
Chapter 8:  Punctuation
Introduction 193
Traditional Comma Explanations 195
Voice Commas and Voice Periods 196
Voice Commas & Introductory Elements 198
Voice Periods:   Recognizing Comma Splices and Run-Ons 201
Other Commas 203
Series Commas 203
Adjective Commas 204
Essential-Non-essential Commas 205
Contrary Commas 206
Commas between Clauses 207
Serial Semi-Colons 207
Colons 208
Hyphens 210
Apostrophes 211
Dashes and Parentheses 212
Discussion Questions 212
Section 3:  The Sentence Wizard 
Chapter 9:  Bridges
Introduction 224
Recognizing Sentence Boundaries 226
Recognizing Incomplete Sentences 228
Joining Sentences “Legally”—Bridges 230
Step 1—Connectors 231
Step 2—Bridges and Non-Bridges 232
Step 3—Center Bridges (Coordinating Conjunctions) 234
Step 4—Center Bridges (Continued) 235
Step 5—Swinging Bridges (Subordinating Conjunctions) 236
Step 6—Floating Connectors (Conjunctive Adverbs) 239
Step 7:  Floating Connectors (Conjunctive Adverbs) 240
Summary 242
Terminology 242
Recursiveness and Elaboration 244
Exercises 244
Graphic Representations 245
Literature 245
Student Writing 246
Bridge Commas 246
Discussion Questions 248
Chapter 10:  Sentence Fluency
Sentence Fluency Definition 261
Sentence Wizards Revisited 262
The Christensen Perspective 266
Sentence Beginners 268
Recursiveness and Elaboration 272
Sentence Interrupters 275
Sentence Expanders 280
Sentence Length 288
Discussion Questions 290
Section 4:  The Rhetorical Wizard 
Chapter 11:  Rhetorical Choices—Mechanics and Word Choice
Introduction 301
Registers 303
Rhetorical Choices 307
Punctuation 307
The Rhetorical Comma 307
Semi-Colons 309
Dashes and Parentheses 309
Word Choice 312
Confusing Word Pairs 314
Slang or Regionalisms 316
Misused Words 317
Overly Fancy Words 318
Discussion Questions 319
Chapter 12:  Rhetorical Choices—Structure
Given vs. New Information 322
Movement 324
Participle Phrases 324
Appositives 325
Swinging Bridge Clauses (Subordinate Clauses) 326
Fronted Elements 327
Active vs. Passive Voice 329
Banning Passives? 330
Primary Uses 330
Sentence Length 333
Intentional Fragments 335
Voice 337
Reading and Writing 340
Discussion Questions 341
Glossary 345
Works Cited 349

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