Tag Archives: Grammar

How to Blend Grammar into Daily ELA Instruction

[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] One of the most common concerns I hear from ELA teachers is “I want to teach grammar, but I’m not sure how to fit it in.” This post explains a … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: A Review of USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING

Friends— I apologize for the shameless self-promotion, but I’m pleased to share Susan Chenelle’s recent review of my book, which originally appeared on the NJ Council of Teachers of English Blog. Susan is the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction at … Continue reading

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UPCOMING PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Hi, all— I’m pleased to report that I’ll be presenting twice in October at events that are open to the public: Oct. 11: “Using Grammar to Improve Writing” at NJ Charter Public Schools Association Annual Conference in Newark, NJ (Click … Continue reading

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How to Incorporate Grammar into Your Curriculum

As we approach summer—or what I like to call “curriculum writing season”—we have an opportunity to reflect and improve upon the work we’ve done this year. Writing or revising curriculum enables us to strengthen instruction. To that end, I’d like … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Where to Find USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING

Friends: Here are three ways to get your copy of Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Amazon eBook HERE. (Only $3.99!!! It’s a steal!!!) Amazon pre-order the paperback HERE. (Still a bargain at $24.99!) BookShop order the paperback HERE. (Ditto) In … Continue reading

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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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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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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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