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Using Grammar to Improve Writing

 

My new book, USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING: Recipes for Actionis NOW AVAILABLE!!! (On Amazon, you can get the $3.99 eBook HERE.  You can pre-order the paperback on Amazon HERE.  At BookShop, you can purchase the paperback HERE.)

How we frame grammar instruction matters.  If you view it as "fixing incorrect sentences," you teach it that way.  If you view it as "building strong, compelling sentences," you take a different approach.  This book explains a new way to teach grammar--systematically and purposefully--in order to strengthen student writing.  It offers detailed guidance on which grammar standards to teach when and how to use grammatical forms to capture ideas.  This new approach will enable students to write more efficiently and effectively.

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Using Grammar to Improve Writing answers these questions:

  • What should we STOP doing?
  • How can we teach grammar more effectively and integrate it with writing more systematically?
  • How can we help students who are not on grade level?
  • Which other factors affect how well we write?
  • What should we teach, grade by grade, in K-12 ELA?

Though pitched as a grammar instructional manual, this is secretly a book about how to teach students how to write clearly.  It should be useful not only to K-12 educators but also to college writing instructors and writers interested in strengthening their practice.

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"Don't let the title scare you.  Using Grammar to Improve Writing is a game-changing book focused on a new kind of grammar instruction.  'Grammar' is an old word that's generally scorned.  We look back at it and think, Thank goodness we don't use that anymore.  When Sarah Tantillo uses the word, though, she means something very modern: the ability to use forms to capture ideas.  This book shines a bright light on how to teach students to craft compelling sentences, effective paragraphs, powerful essays, and profound narratives."--Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion 2.0, Practice Perfect, and Reading Reconsidered.

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To access the book's FREE BONUS CONTENT, click on the name of any file below that you want to download (NOTE: You do not have to log in):

Chapter 1

1.     Essay Writing Rubric

 

Chapter 2

 1.    Sample Overviews of Weekly ELA Routines

 2.    Sample Week of Lesson Plans--Poetry Analysis and Paragraph Writing

 3.     Partner Feedback Protocol

 

Chapter 3

1.     Sample Paragraph Responses for When I Was Puerto Rican

2.     Paragraph Response Scoring Checklist

3.     K-12 Selected Language CCS Tracker

4.     Trajectory Analysis Charts for Language Standards

5.     Trajectory Analysis Charts for Writing Standards

6.     K-12 ELA Common Core Standards Tracker

 

Chapter 4

1.     5Ws and H Organizer Model

2.     What Is Important Organizer

3.     What Is Important Organizer Model-Animal Farm Ch 2

4.     Argument vs. Evidence Step 1—Stone Fox

5.     Argument vs. Evidence Step 2 Answer Key—Stone Fox

6.     Argument vs. Evidence Step 2.5 Answer Key

7.     Combatting Learned Helplessness Tool

 

Chapter 6

1.     How to Infer Themes Organizer

2.     DDAT Organizer

3.     Order of Cumulative Adjectives Handout

 

BONUS: K-2 Grammar Sneak Preview Packet

 

PS--For additional grammar resources, see the TLC "Grammar" page. 

 

 

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