Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style Into Writer's Workshop
Stenhouse Publishers, 2005 - 200 頁
Some teachers love grammar and some hate it, but nearly all struggle to find ways of making the mechanics of English meaningful to kids. As a middle school teacher, Jeff Anderson also discovered that his students were not grasping the basics, and that it was preventing them from reaching their potential as writers. Jeff readily admits, ?I am not a grammarian, nor am I punctilious about anything,” so he began researching and testing the ideas of scores of grammar experts in his classroom, gradually finding successful ways of integrating grammar instruction into writer's workshop.
Mechanically Inclined is the culmination of years of experimentation that merges the best of writer's workshop elements with relevant theory about how and why skills should be taught. It connects theory about using grammar in context with practical instructional strategies, explains why kids often don't understand or apply grammar and mechanics correctly, focuses on attending to the ?high payoff,” or most common errors in student writing, and shows how to carefully construct a workshop environment that can best support grammar and mechanics concepts. Jeff emphasizes four key elements in his teaching:
Comprising an overview of the research-based context for grammar instruction, a series of over thirty detailed lessons, and an appendix of helpful forms and instructional tools, Mechanically Inclined is a boon to teachers regardless of their level of grammar-phobia. It shifts the negative, rule-plagued emphasis of much grammar instruction into one which celebrates the power and beauty these tools have in shaping all forms of writing.
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Well, for one thing, even though most of us feel relatively comfortable with grammar, usage, and mechanics (they are ... and very comfortable correcting others' copy, we do not necessarily feel at all comfortable teaching these things.
And that is just how Jeff explains things, inside and out. But sans tedium, sans lecture, sans drills. He's the sort of teacher about whom people say, “I wish my child could be in his class.” Here's the heart of it, for me, though.
Any of these things might entice you to buy this book, but you won't appreciate what a really fine decision that was until you sit down with the book in some quiet corner away from phones and computers and actually dig in.
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LibraryThing Review用戶評語 - tcoggin1 - LibraryThing
This book shares great tools to use in the classroom when teaching students how to write. This book focuses heavily on grammar, usage, and style of writing. A great addition to any classroom/ teacher library. 閱讀評論全文
LibraryThing Review用戶評語 - beckymmoe - LibraryThing
Full of great examples from mentor texts and real-life classroom dialog, this is a great how-to book for ELA teachers who are using (or thinking of using) writer's workshop in their classroom and who ... 閱讀評論全文