Category Archives: Grammar

Helpful Website: FreeRice.com

In case you haven’t already seen it, the Website FreeRice.com is helpful on many levels. FreeRice.com is a nonprofit that has two stated goals: Provide education to everyone for free. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people … Continue reading

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Why Students Don’t Write Clearly and What We Can Do About It

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on Nov. 3, 2015.] After reading yet another piece lamenting students’ inability to write clearly, I feel compelled to share what I’ve learned about this problem and offer some … Continue reading

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OUTLINING YOUR FIRST UNIT

Recently I received an Email message from a reader who wanted to know what to include in an “ideal” first unit. In my new book, Literacy and the Common Core, I offer a sample 5th-grade unit that can be adapted … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards for Language: FREE GRAMMAR DIAGNOSTIC TOOL!

Many of my clients these days are writing/revising curriculum, and it occurred to me that they could use a Grammar Diagnostic Tool. It would be nice if all of our students arrived performing at grade-level when it comes to grammar, … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: UNPACKING SYNTAX AND GRAMMAR*

We’ve established that in order to paraphrase, you need to unpack syntax and grammar.  So, how should you teach grammar?  For many years, I wrestled with this question.  Should it stand alone, or somehow be incorporated into writing instruction?  For … Continue reading

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