The Middle School Grammar Toolkit (2nd edn)

Sean Ruday

Teaching grammar can be overwhelming and is often an overlooked part of effective instruction. Now in its second edition, The Middle School Grammar Toolkit makes grammar instruction fun and meaningful. You will learn how to:

  • Teach grammar in a practical and applicable way by presenting each grammar rule as a useful writing tool for students.
  • Use mentor texts—excerpts from great literature—to help students understand grammar in action.
  • Promote metacognition along the way, so that students become responsible for their own learning.
  • Implement innovative instructional strategies and tools aligned with Common Core and other state standards.

Throughout the book, you’ll find step-by-step recommendations for teaching grammatical concepts, such as understanding intensive pronouns, choosing language that expresses ideas precisely, forming verbs in different moods, and maintaining consistency in style and tone, and much more. The second edition features revised classroom snapshots and exemplars to showcase successful practices, and new flowcharts to visually represent instructional recommendations. The expanded, free annotated bibliography is updated to include contemporary, high-quality young adult literature and gives examples of key grammatical concepts found in each work.

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