Getting Great with Grammar. Please reflect on this question: How do you learn Grammar in the Classroom?. M. Born English 8 Abbotsford Middle School. What is grammar, and why should we teach it?. Grammar is…. We should teach it because…. Simply put: the rules of a language
Please reflect on this question:
How do you learn Grammar in the Classroom?
Abbotsford Middle School
We should teach it because…
Quick Write Rules:
- Natalie Goldberg
From Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson
Quick Write (15 min): Pick a moment in your classroom. Describe it in vivid detail.
“Haymitch Abernathy, a paunchy, middle-aged man, who at this moment appears hollering something unintelligible, staggers onto the stage.” From The Hunger Games by Suzann Colins
“Tony, his drinking partner, puts his hand over the pint glass.” pg. 54-The Edge by Alan Gibbons (Chris)
“Down there, in the cramped terraced house, he has to watch his words.” pg. 55 – The Edge by Alan Gibbons (Danny)
“She bends her head, as if trying to put her face right in front of his, to read his expression.” pg. 91 – The Edge by Alan Gibbons (Danny)
The child reached under her desk.
A single paperclip landed at my feet.
1. Re-read your Quick-Write, and apply what you learned. You should:
2. Find a simple sentence in your Quick Write and ADD an interruption. Highlight it.
3. Find a sentence you already wrote that follows this pattern. Highlight it.
4. Write a new sentence that follows this pattern to add to your writing.
Danny feels more than a twinge of anxiety. “Your name’s Parker, isn’t it?” he says in a second attempt to break the ice.
“That’s right, Steven Parker. You?”
There isn’t a flicker of expression. No Hi Danny, no introductory banter, no warmth.
“I’ll see you around then,” says Danny, with forced brightness. He turns and sets off on his run.
“Yes,” says Steven Parker. “See you around.”
-From The Edge by Alan Gibbons pg. 51 - Danny
Using the rules and patterns we noticed…
1. Revise the dialogue/Quotations in your writing so that it follow the rules
2. Highlight dialogue/Quotations that already follow the rules
3. Add New dialogue/Quotationsto your writing
What do you notice?
More examples from The Edge…
Generate a name for this pattern and rules to use it:
glancing nervously around
stuffing it in the tattered bag
searching for a familiar face
I crossed the street
she tried to forget what the letter said.
the child kept to the edges of the group.
he reached for the box on the highest shelf.
the driver tried to act casual.
How it works
What other skills could you teach this way?
CEU Code: OE-12