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Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop Paperback – January 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1571104120 ISBN-10: 1571104127 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; Revised edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571104127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571104120
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in the Golden Triangle in southeast Texas. I was never that interested in grammar, and I understood why kids hated it. I loved to write and teach writing though, and eventually I realized that was what grammar was for--to make our writing better. When I started merging grammar with writer's craft instruction, a revolution began. My books, Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing, are designed to help teachers and students find joy where grammar meets writing. My third book, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, takes on writing instruction. What matters most? My fourth book, Revision Decisions, built around research-proven sentence combining will be out in November of 2014. My first humorous middle grade novel, Luke Veracruz: Sixth Grade Shrimp will be released in the fall of 2015.

Find me on the web: writeguy.net
Check out my facebook page: writeguy.net
Twitter ID: @writeguyjeff

I live in San Antonio, Texas with my partner and and my dogs.

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It is easy to read and the ideas can easily and quickly be incorporated into my work with students.
AJ
It outlines how to use mentor texts to teach students how to write well-written sentences. paragraphs and essays.
M. Dove
It is a book that may be used with fourth graders as well as students in junior high and high school.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
In MECHANICALLY INCLINED, Jeff Anderson tackles the issue of grammarphobia and edit-phobia head on. You know the diseases. They are endemic in English classrooms everywhere.

Anderson advocates using "mentor" sentences and paragraphs taken from books that interest students. He also details how to set up a writer's notebook where kids can write freely without fear of the Red Pen (which, to them, is like an invader from the Red Planet, as narrated by Orson Welles). The notebook includes sections for creativity, exploration, modeling, and copying well-written sentences and paragraphs.

I especially like Anderson's idea for the Editing Checkout, where students "scan" work looking for specific skills, then create a "receipt" of their findings. NATIONAL ENQUIRERS are not necessary for this activity. The kids will get a kick out of it and (not too loud, now) will learn something about editing (with one pen, two pens, red pens, or blue pens) while they're at it. What more could a teacher ask for? (OK, don't answer that...)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Buckner on June 20, 2006
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I absolutely adore this book! It's incredibly user friendly, and I didn't feel stupid about grammar while reading it. The first half of the book sets up the lessons. The second half is the lessons. It's obvious Jeff uses a writer's notebook and writer's workshop. He truly makes 'grammar in context' a meaningful and attainable way to teach. I have used several of the lessons with my fourth graders and they love it. I think only a book like this, and Jeff himself, could get someone like me to yell AUWWBIS like a farmer's pig call. It's fun and effective - get this book!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ima Teacher on August 4, 2006
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Anderson explains how to show students the practicality of grammar and how to teach it in context rather than isolation in a way that middle school students will not only understand but also enjoy. He provides lists, lessons, examples, and everything needed to take this approach and immediately implement it in the classroom. This is one of the best-written and most helpful books I have read in years.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Dove on March 22, 2006
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This book provides strategies to help teachers "merge grammar and mechanics with craft in the context of meaningful writing", and it does exactly that! It outlines how to use mentor texts to teach students how to write well-written sentences. paragraphs and essays.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Becky on November 9, 2006
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This is a must read for any pre-service English teacher or, for that matter, any English teacher. No more correct-alls and sentence diagramming. Anderson's unique and energetic approach to teaching grammar and mechanics will inspire you and get your students to engage in text as if it were play!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Swain on November 17, 2008
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I'm a glutton for books on education, and I can comfortably say that this is hands-down the most practical, entertaining, and useful book I read in 2008. While I was still reading the book I was able to implement some of Anderson's ideas in my own classroom. He's a middle school teacher but I adapt many of his lesson ideas for my third grade class. He answered every question and eased my discomfort about teaching structure in a fluidly structured environment like writer's workshop. Well done in striking the balance between squelching student ideas and squeaking by with any old slop.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Frazier on September 9, 2008
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As the forward of this text suggested, this book IS engaging enough to read far into the night, despite it being about grammar and usage! It is packed with usable information, visuals, examples and stimulating ideas for writing teachers. I highly recommend it, for teachers and writers of all ages (middle school to college).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Chambers on July 12, 2007
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I first came across this book at the library and found that I was constently writing down ideas from the book. I returned the book and decided to buy my own copy! Great resource book for Language Arts teachers! I highly recommend it.
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