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Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle (Maupin House) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0929895048
ISBN-10: 0929895045
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Jane Kiester is the author of the popular Caught'ya books: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle; Caught'ya Again! More Grammar with a Giggle; The Chortling Bard! Grammar with a Giggle for High School; Giggles in the Middle: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School; Eggbert, the Ball, Bounces by Himself: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade; Putrescent Petra Finds Friends: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade; and Juan and Marie Join the Class: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Third Grade (these last three were formerly Elementary, My Dear! Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Grades 1, 2, and 3), all published by Maupin House. Teachers all over the country also use the new edition of her third book, Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test, to help improve their students' scores on state writing assessment tests. Jane's most recent book is Teach Spelling So It Sticks. She is currently writing three new books. In addition to writing books, Jane has given hundreds of workshops to fellow teachers around the country for the past ten years. Her subject? The same as in her classroom, where she happily taught elementary or middle school for more than 30 years -- teaching students to write well. In her three decades as a classroom teacher, Jane has served many years as various department chairpersons and grade-level chairperson. She is also a past president of the Alachua County Teachers of English. Jane has been recognized three times by "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." In 2002 she won Teacher of the Year for her school and Middle School Teacher of the Year for her county. Problem-solving Workshops for Teachers Jane's energy is contagious! Her workshops, seminars and invited presentations delight and rejuvenate teachers at all grade levels. Jane delivers practical, classroom-proven ideas to solve those yucky "must-do" situations all teachers face. Each presentation sparkles with Jane's insightful humor. Her seminars and symposium speaking topics are shaped to fit the specific needs of schools and districts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Maupin House
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Maupin House; 1st edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929895045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929895048
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great tool for teaching and reviewing grammar skills at the junior high level. A story unfolds, one sentence a day, and provides needed repetition of basic grammar skills. I use it as the sponge lesson each day at the beginning of my classes. The book also contains quizzes and writing lessons. The kids love it; they are honing their grammar skills, and they race to be "first" because that person gets to write the correct sentence on the overhead! It's amazing what a little competition can do! I teach in Texas with a state-mandated skills test hanging over us every year, and I'm convinced it has helped our 7th and 8th master the writing portion of the exam.
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As a high school teacher, I thought that my subject area, English, meant teaching literature and working on developing mastery in writing. When I discovered that many of my students had trouble putting together complete sentences, I knew that I had to do something to reinforce grammar skills, but I dreaded worksheets, etc. When I found Kiester's book I decided to give it a try. The beauty is that this approach works with all levels of students and can be tailored to focus on your class' needs. I loved the results--especially seeing the vocabualry appear in their papers. I recommend this for any teacher who struggles with basic grammar and punctuation at a high school level.
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Before I found Jane Bell Kiester's books, I didn't have a clear path to follow when teaching writing. The Caught'Ya books solve the problem of teaching your students grammar and mechanics. Each day students are given a sentence that adds to a story line appropriate for their age group. Students become engaged in the learning process throughout the story and often can't wait to see what happens next. Students become intimately involved in the story as they become part of the story when the teacher inserts their name as a character in the story. Although Caught'Ya's are integral to the teaching of grammar and mechanics, the greatest bonus I found in using these wonderful sentences was the fact that students naturally and easily learn to paragraph appropriately. This is a difficult task to teach and for students to understand. Caught'Ya's solve this for teachers and students alike. If you can't purchase any other resource this year, you must purchase one of Jane Bell Kiester's Caught'Ya books! Your students will learn to write in a way that will improve all test scores! Do not hesitate! This is the perfect purchase.
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I began using Caught Ya' Grammar with a Giggle with my second grade students almost nine years ago. I found it to be the very BEST way to teach grammar to children. My second graders were hooked immediately. Mrs. Kiester makes grammar a cooperative learning experience by involving the entire class in the process. The one thing my students love most is the way she incorporates a story line into the day-to-day grammar lesson. They also learn some wonderful vocabulary words which begin to appear in their own writings. I am now a third grade teacher and I continue to use all of Mrs. Kiester's books with my students. They enjoy grammar so much that when they go to fourth grade, they insist that their fourth grade teachers use the Caught 'Ya books. I often comment in jest that if the school were to catch fire, I would see that my students were safely out of the building but I would grab all of my Jane Bell Kiester books as I exited the building. I am very proud to say that after sharing with Mrs. Kiester the excitement my students now have for grammar, she included a short story about my second graders in the preface of her book, "Elementary My Dear." I look forward to reading and using anything Mrs. Kiester writes. As a classroom teacher, she understands what makes learning fun for students and teachers. Throughout the year I conduct many workshops in my district both for classroom teachers and university pre-service teachers. I never conclude a workshop without sharing Mrs. Kiester's books.
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I had the honor of meeting Jane Bell Kiester at the NCTE conference in Washington, D.C., several years ago. Seeing her presentation changed the way I thought about grammar. The book is easy to use and fun to incorporate into the classroom. Students find the grammar corrections challenging, and even the most unmotivated students often find themselves discussing basic elements of grammar (to comma or not to comma?) amongst themselves--often discussions in which I am not even peripherally involved. I have shared this method of teaching grammar and writing skills in my district, and am proud to report that almost all of the English department is now using "Caught'ya's" on a regular basis. The only argument I have with the book is that I don't always agree with Kiester's corrections, and some of the written paragraphs are too short. However, I think it must be stated that most English teachers have differences of opinion regarding paragraph length and proper punctuation, so my disagreements with the corrections should in no way reflect on the content of the book. I highly recommend this book to veteran English teachers, foreign language teachers who need to teach grammar skills, and anyone just starting out in the language arts.
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