What if your teaching assistant handled all the deadly dull detective work in discovering grammar errors, allowing you to concentrate on delivering creative instruction? It may sound too good to be true, but your word processing grammar checker can be that technical teaching assistant. This article explains how to divide up the duties and fall in love with teaching grammar.
If grammar wasn’t your thing, this reference guide will help you master what you need to teach your students, and the guide also will show you how to plan for grammar instruction. It’s the companion to Teaching Grammar in Context, and it may be the last book you’ll need about teaching grammar.
Teacher to teacher advice goes a long way in this article about grammar instruction for ESL students. Kellenberger offers solid advice on everything from how to introduce a grammar concept to how to reinforce it, and she also reminds teachers to understand the grammar rule themselves before teaching it and have fun with the rules.
Go ahead and hate grammar. These authors call grammar the “skunk at the garden party of the language arts.” Both teachers and kids know grammar can stink up an essay and the classroom pretty quickly. Instead of teaching grammar as a subject by itself, use grammar to explore how complex language really is.
You won’t use this strategy with every student, but pull it out when working with students who need to see the big picture first. Pena teaches grammar in broad chunks, and these chunks can then later be defined with specific terms.
When you’re at wit’s end trying to figure out yet another way to explain a grammar concept, use the links in this article take you to a plethora of ideas for teaching grammar within the concept of authentic writing.
In my mind, this is the definitive text for teaching grammar with student writing. Rather than cull sentences from student writing and teach grammar skills in isolation, skills are taught within the context of writing. Weaver offers practical suggestions and ideas that can be adapted to nearly any grade level.