Grammar Keepers

Lessons That Tackle Students' Most Persistent Problems Once and for All, Grades 4-12

Author: Gretchen Bernabei

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483390268

Category: Education

Page: 280

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Students and teachers need accessible ways to talk about and use grammar. In Gretchen's trademark style, she gets these ever-important conversations started and keeps them going. This book is a keeper.” -Jeff Anderson, Author of Revision Decisions and Everyday Editing Almost everyone could benefit from a grammar check every once in a while—even we teachers. But our students desperately need something much more systematic, and they need it right way. No matter what state you teach in, you can be certain that grammar is being tested . . . frequently and across the grades!Meanwhile our students entering middle and high school are still making the same errors they made back in third grade. Luckily, Gretchen Bernabei, author of Fun-Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning, comes to the rescue with Grammar Keepers: a kid-friendly cache of 101 lessons and practice pages to help your students internalize the conventions of correctness once and for all. Gretchen’s secret? Embed the lessons in ten minutes of daily journal writing, then use students’ own writing as models for discussion and practice. Students are much more interested in learning from one another than from stodgy sentences in a dusty primer, and these ultra-relevant examples more easily transfer into students’ talking, thinking, reading, and writing. Here are the three ingredients of Gretchen’s approach: Daily journal writing, which increases writing practice and allows students to implement and master the lessons on punctuation, usage, and sentence structure in an authentic context Minilessons and Interactive Dialogues that model for students how to make grammatical choices A “Keepers 101” tracking sheet for teachers to monitor teaching and a “Parts of Speech Sheet” for students to use as a reference tool We have known for years that traditional grammar instruction falls short for a great many students, but until now we didn’t know how to replace it. With Grammar Keepers, we have the right tool for today’s students. Think of it as the Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition for the spell- and grammar-check generation.

Fun-Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning

Author: Gretchen Bernabei,Judi Reimer

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452268614

Category: Education

Page: 264

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Gretchen Bernabei and Judi Reimer present 95 craft lessons based on real student essays. The premise of the book is that "kids learn from each other faster and more deeply than they learn from us." These real tests are an "instructional gold mine" for modeling narrative, argument, and analytical writing techniques. These are the main kinds of writing taught, tested, and even outlined in the Common Core Standards. An innovative, fun, and easy-to-use resource for teachers looking to improve their writing instruction.

Crunchtime

Lessons to Help Students Blow the Roof Off Writing Tests--and Become Better Writers in the Process

Author: Gretchen S. Bernabei,Jayne Hover,Cynthia Candler

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325026732

Category: Education

Page: 166

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The authors made it their mission to craft writing lessons that are healthy for kids, promote lifelong literacy, and help students with state test scores. Organized around the writing process-selecting topics, crafting drafts, and polishing finished pieces, explicit lessons engage student writers while shoring up the gaps between learning and testing.--[book cover]

Text Structures From the Masters

50 Lessons and Nonfiction Mentor Texts to Help Students Write Their Way In and Read Their Way Out of Every Single Imaginable Genre, Grades 6-10

Author: Gretchen Bernabei,Jennifer Koppe

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506332862

Category: Education

Page: 248

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Text Structures from the Masters provides 50 short texts written by famous Americans driven by what Peter Elbow described as “an itch” to say something. By examining the structure of these mentor texts, students see that they too have an “itch” and learn how to use the text structure of each document to express it. Each 4-page lesson includes: A planning sheet that shows the structure of the mentor text Brainstorming boxes A method for “kernelizing” (outlining) their own essay Student examples

Effective Literacy Instruction

Building Successful Reading and Writing Programs

Author: Judith A. Langer

Publisher: National Council of Teachers

ISBN: 9780814112946

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 197

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Focuses on middle and high school literacy programs that effectively support student learning in an era of national and state standards and high-stakes testing. Offers a programmatic vision, a set of principles, and real-life examples to guide educators who wish to inform their practice with research-based knowledge in order to best help their students become more highly literate.

Text Structures From Nursery Rhymes

Teaching Reading and Writing to Young Children

Author: Gretchen Bernabei,Kayla Shook,Jayne Hover

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506387942

Category: Education

Page: 280

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A Revolutionary Strategy for Teaching Writing to Children How can we shape young students, often just learning how to hold a pencil, into capable writers? This groundbreaking book offers the solution: a clear framework for guiding children to write in any style, from narrative to persuasive. The key lies in using familiar text structures to break down a story into its main components, immediately thrusting students into the role of the writer. Included are 53 lessons, each centered around a classic nursery rhyme, and all the tools you’ll need to lead your students in crafting their own story — in words, pictures, or both. Discover how text structures, already a success in later grades, can also have a profound impact on younger students’ progress.

Teaching in Two Languages

A Guide for K–12 Bilingual Educators

Author: Sharon Adelman Reyes,Tatyana Kleyn

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412978025

Category: Education

Page: 173

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Grounded in the latest research, this book provides classroom-ready strategies for balancing instruction in two languages and meeting the unique challenges of educating English language learners.

Everyday Editing

Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer's Workshop

Author: Jeff Anderson

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571107096

Category: Education

Page: 164

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Editing is often seen as one item on a list of steps in the writing process—usually put somewhere near the end, and often completely crowded out of writer's workshop. Too many times daily editing lessons happen in a vacuum, with no relationship to what students are writing. In Everyday Editing, Jeff Anderson asks teachers to reflect on what sort of message this approach sends to students. Does it tell them that editing and revision are meaningful parts of the writing process, or just a hunt for errors with a 50/50 chance of getting it right—comma or no comma? Instead of rehearsing errors and drilling students on what's wrong with a sentence, Jeff invites students to look carefully at their writing along with mentor texts, and to think about how punctuation, grammar, and style can be best used to hone and communicate meaning. Written in Jeff's characteristically witty style, this refreshing and practical guide offers an overview of his approach to editing within the writing workshop as well as ten detailed sets of lessons covering everything from apostrophes to serial commas. These lessons can be used throughout the year to replace Daily Oral Language or error-based editing strategies with a more effective method for improving student writing.

From Texting to Teaching

Grammar Instruction in a Digital Age

Author: Jeremy Hyler,Troy Hicks

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317363299

Category: Education

Page: 134

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Don’t blame technology for poor student grammar; instead, use technology intentionally to reach students and actually improve their writing! In this practical book, bestselling authors Jeremy Hyler and Troy Hicks reveal how digital tools and social media – a natural part of students’ lives – can make grammar instruction more authentic, relevant, and effective in today’s world. Topics Covered: Teaching students to code switch and differentiate between formal and informal sentence styles Using flipped lessons to teach the parts of speech and help students build their own grammar guides Enlivening vocabulary instruction with student-produced video Helping students master capitalization and punctuation in different digital contexts Each chapter contains examples, screenshots, and instructions to help you implement the ideas. With the strategies in this book, you can empower students to become better writers with the tools they already love and use daily. Additional resources and links are available on the book’s companion wiki site: textingtoteaching.wikispaces.com

Reviving the Essay

How to Teach Structure Without Formula

Author: Gretchen Bernabei

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781931492133

Category: Education

Page: 83

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If reading school essays puts you to sleep, Gretchen Bernabei's REVIVING THE ESSAY will wake up your students' writing in ways even they never dreamed of. This exciting new resource for students and teachers provides 30 delightful lessons and activities that will awaken all of the senses, challenging and cajoling, stirring and stimulating even the most reluctant writer. Chapter headings such as "Finding your Message," "Finding or Inventing your Structure," "Experimenting with Thick Description," and "Crafting the Essay for a Reader's Ears" quickly reveals the substance and scope of this inventive approach to teaching a form that dates back to Montaigne. Bernabei uses a number of examples, visual prompts and verbal generators to engage students in thinking about every side of a subject.

The Story of My Thinking

Expository Writing Activities for 13 Teaching Situations

Author: Gretchen S. Bernabei,Dorothy N. Hall,Dorothy P. Hall

Publisher: Boynton/Cook

ISBN: 9780325042398

Category: Education

Page: 180

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Offers thirteen writing activities that help bridge the gap between narrative and informative writing and encourage students to write nonfiction with voice and conviction.

Revision Decisions

Talking Through Sentences and Beyond

Author: Jeff Anderson,Deborah Dean

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1625310064

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Revision is often a confusing and difficult process for students, but it's also the most important part of the writing process. If students leave our classrooms not knowing how to move a piece of writing forward, we've failed them. Revision Decisions will help teachers develop the skills students need in an ever-evolving writing, language, and reading world. Jeff Anderson and Deborah Dean have written a book that engages writers in the tinkering, playing, and thinking that are essential to clarify and elevate writing. Focusing on sentences, Jeff and Deborah use mentor texts to show the myriad possibilities that exist for revision. Essential to their process is the concept of classroom talk. Readers will be shown how revision lessons can be discussed in a generative way, and how each student can benefit from talking through the revision process as a group. Revision Decisions focuses on developing both the writing and the writer. The easy-to-follow lessons make clear and accessible the rigorous thinking and the challenging process of making writing work. Narratives, setup lessons, templates, and details about how to move students toward independence round out this essential book. Additionally, the authors weave the language, reading, and writing goals of the Common Core and other standards into an integrated and connected practice. The noted language arts teacher James Britton once said that good writing "floats on a sea of talk." Revision Decisions supports those genuine conversations we naturally have as readers and writers, leading the way to the essential goal of making meaning.

The Principal's Quick-Reference Guide to School Law

Author: Robert F. Hachiya,Robert J. Shoop,Dennis R. Dunklee

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483333337

Category: Education

Page: 432

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The go-to legal resource for principals, fully updated! How often does a potential legal issue arise at your school? Now in an expanded third edition, this trusted resource provides clear and helpful guidance from a team of respected school-law experts. Substantive new information shows principals how to: Address student use and misuse of technology, on and off campus Avoid the pitfalls of zero-tolerance discipline policies Lead school safety and violence prevention, including collaboration with school resource officers and other personnel Prevent and respond to bullying incidents Stay current with special education requirements Ensure that employment and evaluation practices reflect the law

Patterns of Power

Inviting Young Writers Into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5

Author: Jeff Anderson,Whitney La Rocca

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1625311850

Category: Education

Page: 446

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Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca take you into primary and intermediate classrooms where students are curious about language, engage with the world around them, and notice and experiment with the conventions all writers use. Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, we invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Our students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"--the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning. The first part of the book introduces a vibrant approach to grammar instruction and sets up what you need to immerse yourself in the Patterns of Power process, inviting students to experiment and play with language. The second part of the book offers over seventy practical, ready-to-use lessons, including: Extensive support materials Over 100 mentor sentences, curated for grades 1-5 Student work samples Tips and power notes to facilitate your own knowledge and learning Examples for application In Patterns of Power Jeff and Whitney suggest that taking just five minutes from your reading workshop and five minutes from your writing workshop to focus on how the conventions connect reading and writing will miraculously affect your students' understanding of how language works for readers and writers.

Mentor Texts

Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

Author: Lynne R. Dorfman,Rose Cappelli

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1625311311

Category: Education

Page: 368

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It's been a decade since Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli wrote the first edition of Mentor Texts and helped teachers across the country make the most of high-quality children's literature in their writing instruction. In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. The second edition includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words. Lynne and Rose offer new children's book titles in each chapter and in a carefully curated and annotated Treasure Chest. At the end of each chapter a "Think About It--Talk About It--Write About It" section invites reflection and conversation with colleagues. The book is organized around the characteristics of good writing--focus, content, organization, style, and conventions. Rose and Lynne write in a friendly and conversational style, employing numerous anecdotes to help teachers visualize the process, and offer strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. This practical resource demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers.

Media and the American Mind

From Morse to McLuhan

Author: Daniel J. Czitrom

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807841075

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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In a fascinating and comprehensive intellectual history of modern communication in America, Daniel Czitrom examines the continuing contradictions between the progressive possibilities that new communications technologies offer and their use as instruments

Vocabulary Is Comprehension

Getting to the Root of Text Complexity

Author: Laura Robb

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 148338361X

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Tackle students’ biggest barrier to complex text: word knowledge In our rush toward complex texts, somehow we forget to put a new systematic vocabulary plan in place. Luckily, Laura Robb provides that instructional plan in Vocabulary Is Comprehension. The best part? Laura’s plan takes just 10 to 15 minutes, and much of it is spent in partner and independent work so this is no “add on” to squeeze in. All materials are included. There are 35+ lessons paired with 50+ complex texts that: Cover academic vocabulary, figurative language, denotative and connotative meanings, and more Align with specific CCSS vocabulary and writing standards Include strategies for ELLs and developing readers, along with formative assessments

Assessing English Language Learners

Bridges From Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement

Author: Margo Gottlieb

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452239681

Category: Education

Page: 224

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Discover how to bridge the gap between equitably assessing linguistic and academic performance! This well-documented text examines the unique needs of the growing population of English language learners (ELLs) and describes strategies for implementing instructional assessment of language and content. With both depth and breadth, the author articulates how to equitably and comprehensively assess the language proficiency and academic achievement of ELLs. Both practicing and aspiring educators will benefit from: Rubrics, charts, checklists, surveys, and other ready-to-use tools Professional development activities An integrated approach to teaching standards, language, and content Guidance on how best to address standardized testing and grading

Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas

Author: Judie Haynes,Debbie Zacarian

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416612335

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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English language learners (ELLs) often face the difficult challenge of learning both a new language and new subject matter at the same time. In Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas, Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian offer strategies, tools, and tips that teachers can use to help ELLs at all levels flourish in mainstream classrooms. This book will show teachers how to * Determine their ELLs' stages of English language acquisition. * Modify assignments and assessments in different content areas for ELLs at different stages of language development. * Ensure that all ELLs participate fully in lesson activities alongside their English-fluent peers. * Communicate effectively with parents and guardians of students from diverse cultures. Real-life examples of lessons from elementary, middle, and high school that have been modified for ELLs in language arts, math, science, and social studies classes show how to effectively put the authors' recommendations into practice. A glossary of important ELL and ESL terms is included as well, for those who are new to teaching ELLs. Whether novice or veteran, all teachers of ELLs will benefit from this wonderfully practical guide to ensuring that ELLs learn English by learning content--and learn content while learning English.

Math Instruction for Students with Learning Problems

Author: Susan Perry Gurganus

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317409337

Category: Education

Page: 432

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Math Instruction for Students with Learning Problems, Second Edition provides a research-based approach to mathematics instruction designed to build confidence and competence in pre- and in-service PreK–12 teachers. This core textbook addresses teacher and student attitudes toward mathematics, as well as language issues, specific mathematics disabilities, prior experiences, and cognitive and metacognitive factors. The material is rich with opportunities for class activities and field extensions, and the second edition has been fully updated to reference both NCTM and CCSSM standards throughout the text and includes an entirely new chapter on measurement and data analysis.