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Getting It Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness (Theory and Practice) [Tapa blanda]

Michael W. Smith , Jeffrey Wilhelm

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Grammar? All Errors Are Not Created Equal 7 de octubre de 2007
Por Ken C. - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada por Amazon
Each year teachers are amazed at how little their students know about grammar, usage, and correctness. "Why don't you know this?" they ask their students. "Didn't your teacher TEACH you this last year?" Blank expressions on their faces, the kids shake their heads "no," but a visit to last year's teacher brings indignation. "I certainly DID teach them (fill in the blank with your favorite grammar term)!" she says testily -- or quizzically, depending on her mood.

Sound familiar? It does to me, which is why I bought GETTING IT RIGHT. After years of frustration with "Teflon Grammatical Memory Syndrome" and with correcting a gazillion errors on a gajillion student papers, I looked to two familiar names -- Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm -- for answers. I wasn't disappointed.

Smith and Wilhelm start with conclusive research that the teaching of grammar in isolation does not work. Then they roll up their sleeves to show us what DOES work. Essentially they argue that it is a depth vs. breadth issue when it comes to grammar. Rather than trying to teach everything, teachers should focus on what's important and most likely to benefit the students in the long run. Their two justifications for teaching a term? "1. The term is so commonly used that teachers, texts, and tests presume that students know it. 2. The term is essential to being able to explain an important issue of style or correctness."

Boiling the vast world of grammar minutiae down to 16 basic terms/concepts, Smith and Wilhelm demonstrate creative ways to teach them based on their own experiences as well as those of student teachers who have worked under their tutelage. The practical ideas will be invaluable to teachers looking for new methods of reaching their kids in this most challenging of tasks. Prompts and handout examples are provided, along with samples of typical student errors and ways to help students learn from them.

Teachers will especially appreciate the section called "A Model Sequence: Learning to Proofread." Here the authors have mercy by telling teachers to free themselves of their shackles. Circling every error on every paper is NOT productive (unless improving your own editing skills while your kids learn nothing counts as "productive"). Instead, teachers should model proofreading and provide practice on carefully selected concepts, then serve as mentors by teaching specific skills and having students serve as their own editors by focusing on errors related to those skills only. Also, peer proofreading ideas that work are spelled out -- one in particular that involves creative use of the TV series CSI. Here it means "Correct Sentence Investigators" -- and yes, the proofreaders are "agents" and the errors are the "crime" (meaning you're about to witness the unlikely marriage of "fun" and "editing").

Buy it. Read it. Use it. Most importantly, it will help your students become better writers and self-editors; less importantly (but still worthy of your consideration!) YOU will feel a little more sane and a lot more effective when you send your kids off to the next grade where they might just surprise their new teacher by saying, "Participles? Yeah, we actually DID learn how to use THEM last year!"
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Buy it now-- you will use this grammar guide! 25 de julio de 2008
Por English teacher chic - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
These guys are amazing. When I first reviewed this book, I found myself taking notes in the margins, underlining a ton, and then thinking about how I could use all that they suggest. This is the one "How to teach grammar" guide I have actually kept on my desk year-long. They narrow the 200+ "rules" down to the essentials and then show models of how best to teach grammar in the context of student writing. You will find yourself dog-earring and then dog-earring the dog-ears.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Excellent theory / less useful for practice 2 de febrero de 2010
Por Sandra Hutchison - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada por Amazon
I find the authors' opinions and the research they use to back them up very persuasive. I liked the practical classroom examples as well. I would have appreciated more of the latter. For example, I read the book through during my semester break, and then returned to it recently as I prepped for a class, hoping to find specific ideas for handling run-on sentences. I couldn't find much beyond some sentence combining examples that were not appropriate to my class, and I couldn't even find "run on" (or "comma splice" or "fused sentences") in the index. That's fine -- I'm designing my own, and there are plenty to be found online too -- but I would have enjoyed having some more practical help at hand. So I'm glad I read it, and I have adjusted my approach to grammar instruction at least partly as a result of that reading, but I'm not sure I really need to keep it on my shelf for future reference. By the way, I'm teaching at the college level now after teaching at the high school level before, and I think the book is applicable to both settings.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Must-Have Resource for English Teachers 1 de julio de 2009
Por Teacher5 - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
This is, without question, the best resource I've ever found for teaching grammar. After years of trying to find the right way to help my students "get it," I have finally found my answer. They take every idea I have ever had about teaching grammar and effectively created PRACTICAL and backed-by-research strategies for the English classroom. They also question what constitutes proper English -- and who says so. I read it all the way through, then started over with my highlighter!
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Grammar Instruction Methods and Research I Use Daily! 22 de agosto de 2013
Por BtoB2012 - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
As a language arts teacher whose curriculum is laden with grammar, I am constantly referencing this book to find engaging, "nontraditional" ways to teach grammar rules- and man, they are cool for all of us (teacher and students!) For example, as inspired from the book, instead of having my students underline all the adjectives in any given paragraph, my students will rewrite our school's cafeteria menu to make it sound disgusting or gourmet, and then reflect on their adjective choices. Or, as the book suggests, I have my kids pretend to be judges on American Idol, and using thesauruses and dictionaries, students will write critiques of contestants I show them clips of (and again, reflect on their verb choices). As someone who has investigated many grammar teaching/research books, THIS one is a must have for grammar teachers! You will use it ALL the time.
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