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Teaching Grammar in Context

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ISBN-13: 978-0867093759
ISBN-10: 0867093757
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“Weaver shows her growth as a teacher and researcher by bringing new insight and applications to her beliefs. A good book for all teachers who have their students write.”–Writing Teacher

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With Teaching Grammar in Context, Weaver extends her philosophy by offering teachers a rationale and practical ideas for teaching grammar not in isolation but in the context of writing. She begins by introducing some common meanings of "grammar" and provides a historical overview of traditional reasons for teaching grammar as a school subject. After examining those reasons, she questions them, citing decades of research that suggests that grammar taught in isolation has little, if any, effect on most students' writing. To lay the groundwork for a more effective approach, Weaver considers how preschoolers learn the basic structures of their native language and how second-language grammar is acquired. She goes on to suggest a research-based perspective on the concept of error and on the writing "errors" our students make. Equally useful is Weaver's examination of the aspects of grammar on which we might focus as we guide our students in writing and revising sentences and in editing selected pieces. Her final chapter addresses the teaching of grammar from the perspective of learning theory. Teaching Grammar in Context fills a long-standing gap in the literature on teaching writing. It will prove invaluable to all practicing and preservice teachers, especially those at the middle and high school levels, were grammar is taught most intensively.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 12
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (February 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867093757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867093759
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WARNING: This book is NOT a grammar handbook. It is NOT a small-minded diatribe against the deplorable state of education today. It is NOT a frivolous "just let the kids write anyway they want" text either.
Instead, Connie Weaver has created a text that reintroduces sanity to the issue of how to teach grammar, and its kin, writing.
This text clearly explains the history of grammar and how it has been taught in history. It addresses how children learn language (and thus grammar)and what does that mean for the way we teach it.
In particular, she share the overwhelming compelling evidence of numerous studies that we can not teach grammar in isolation through drills and worksheets.
What is then WONDERFUL about this text is that she goes on to show what DOES work in teaching grammar to students. She outlines specific lessons and how and why they work. And, of course, she backs it up with some research from the field.
Anyone who plans on being a teacher in elementary or a language arts teacher in the higher grades should be REQUIRED to read this book. Parents who want to know how their children can benefit from grammar instruction combined with whole language ideals (reading and writing) should read this.
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Constance Weaver is a saint in tackling grammar in the classroom with theories and useful techniques. For language arts or English literature instructors and teachers, this book is a requirement in understanding and the development of reading and writing skills.

This book is not for everybody's taste. For those teachers who are struggling in teaching grammar in the classroom, this book can help clarify answers to several questions about grammatical instruction.
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If you are looking for a book to help explain why teaching grammar in context is important, this is a good book. I wanted a few more examples in it. I found it paired nicely with The Grammar Plan Book (Weaver) and Mechanically Inclined.
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Mrs. Nielson, here. As an English teacher I find this book to be an excellent tool. It's highly effective for the target audience ESL students, but it is also a great tool for first language English speakers. Highly recommend for anyone who needs to teach English to non-native or native speakers.
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I've not finished it yet, but so far, this book is very insightful into many things vital to the grammar learning of students. A little dry at times, this book, however, helps one to understand issues with grammar as it pertains to student learning.
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This has lots of theory, with study after study sited, but very limited examples of instructional strategies. Most of the text is devoted to debunking the traditional methodology for teaching grammar.
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By Megan on January 8, 2016
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Classic review of considering grammar instruction using a different approach than worksheets and diagramming sentences.
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