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The Grammar Teacher's Activity-a-Day: 180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage 1st Edition

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The Grammar Teacher's Activity-a-Day: 180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage, Grades 5-12

The Grammar Teacher's Activity-a-Day is a must-have resource that features 180 practical, ready-to-use grammar, usage, and mechanics lessons and a wealth of instructive and fun-filled activities—one for each day of the school year. The daily activities give students (grades 5-12) the confidence they need to become capable writers by acquiring, improving, and expanding their grammar skills.

Written by veteran educator and best-selling author Jack Umstatter, this handy book will help classroom teachers and homeschoolers familiarize their students with the type of grammar-related content found on standardized local, state, national, and college admissions tests. The book is filled with ready-to-use comprehensive and authoritative activities that can be used as sponge activities, extra homework, or regular daily lessons. In addition, all the reproducible lessons are designed to be non-intimidating for students, and the author has included helpful tips on how to best use each specific topic or lesson in the classroom.

The Grammar Teacher's Activity-a-Day contains

  • 26 lessons and activities that cover the eight parts of speech
  • 114 lessons and activities that shed light on the parts of a sentence, prepositional phrases, verbal phrases, clauses, and sentences by construction and purpose; agreement; tense; regular and irregular verbs; voice; and the nominative, objective, and possessive cases
  • 30 lessons and activities that focus on essential elements of effective writing, including punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
  • 10 lessons and activities that encourage students to display their knowledge of the topics covered in the book

The book's enjoyable lessons and activities will help your students improve their grammatical skills and become self-assured and willing writers.

"Jack Umstatter's The Grammar Teacher's Activity-a-Day is a powerful grammar resource for classroom teachers. Loaded with clear, concise definitions, examples, and practice activities, this is a valuable tool for all teachers, not just those who teach writing."
Tina S. Kiracofe, curriculum supervisor, Augusta County Schools, Virginia

About the Author

JACK UMSTATTER, M.A., taught English for more than 30 years at both the middle school and high school levels. Selected Teacher of the Year several times, he is the best-selling author of numerous books, including 201 Ready-to-Use Word Games for the English Classroom, Brain Games!, Grammar Grabbers!, and Got Grammar?, all published by Jossey-Bass. Umstatter is a professional development workshop leader, training teachers and students across the nation on reading, writing, and poetry strategies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470543159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470543153
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lessons are organized in the following way:

section one~grammar
section two~usage
section three~mechanics
section four~show what you know (independent quick skill checks)

It does include an answer key

All of the Language Arts (grammar, usage, and mechanics) standards are covered in this book. While the title suggests that each lesson is to be taught one per day, teachers know that idea is a bit grandiose. However, this is a good "go-to" book for any grammar skill that you need to teach.

Each lesson focuses on one specific GUM skill (i.e. the pronoun, the interjection, introducing phrases, writing with variety, complex sentences) and supplies background information and a short writing exercise to practice that skill.

As a 22-year veteran of teaching 7th grade English Arts, there's not much I haven't seen in regards to educational resources. But, I'm a sucker for anything that combines "activity-a-day" and "ready-to-use" in the title.

I do like that the book addresses some of the trickier grammar questions (i.e. appositive, verb, or prepositional phrase?). Beginning ELA teachers would benefit from this handy guide.

I use mine on my Kindle just for me, or I project it on the big screen using Kindle for PC on my teacher computer. You can capture the pages you want if you have Workspace on your computer~this allows you to project just the sections of the book that you need the students to see without having to scroll through the whole book.

I recommend as a guide for mini-lessons, but it is not a complete resource. You will still need your English textbook or other resources for more independent practice.
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I was very excited about this book because I was looking for a resource to use for bell work. This book delivers... SORT OF. Yes, there are many activities;however, many of the "activities" are nothing more than multi-paragraph explanations of grammar concepts. I don't consider that to be an activity. The book is OK, but the title is misleading (at best).
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I am currently a substitute teacher and keep this book in my bag...I have used it a number of times when the regular teacher has not left me adequate lesson plans. I figure a mini lesson on grammar doesn't hurt anyone and the lessons are easy to use on the fly....kids don't seem to mind as they are quick and not too difficult. I have used this with both Middle School and High School students...great review if nothing else.
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This grammar book is great for older students that are in high school, but not for middle school students. The lessons are too difficult for that age group, which is disappointing since it claims to be useful for middle through high school . The examples are a little confusing, but it is a thorough guide.
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A co-worker loaned me her copy of this book for the 2010/11 school year and I loved it so much I had to order it myself. It goes into detail without being boring. My students know more grammar this year than my previous students. It gives you 180 days of grammar, mechanics and usage.
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The premise of this book and the way it gives a chance for students to practice the concepts is good. However, it has a major error in how it categorizes pronouns. By definition, a pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. In other words, the pronoun takes the place of the complete noun or noun phrase.
Example: Ella washed the car. Ella washed it. ("It," an object pronoun, replaces the noun phrase "the car.")
The words "my,your,his,her,its, our, and their" are possessive ADJECTIVES, not pronouns. These words must be paired with a noun. They do not replace the noun.

Example: Ella washed her car.

Notice that we cannot say: Ella washed her.

Possessive pronouns, on the other hand, are substitutes for a complete noun or noun phrase.

Example: That's my book. (possessive adjective) That's mine. (possessive pronoun)

The possessive pronouns are "mine, yours, his, hers, ours, and theirs." Notice that with the exception of "mine," all possessive pronouns end in "s."

It is a shame that we are teaching generations of students an error!

Author, please edit this book!
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This is a great book! I plan to use it next year when I can start it at the beginning of the school year. Most of the activities build on each other. They also say the day of the week that they should be used, so they're a little hard to customize. But overall it's filled with great activities.
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Pros:
- Book has a lot of lessons covering all major aspects of grammar, usage and style.
- Perfect for middle school students. Younger students will find concepts provided in the book too difficult, while older students require a more comprehensive set of worksheets and problem sets.
- Good for "mini-lessons" to start off the day or introduce a new concept

Cons:
- No worksheets provided.
- Activities are basic. Again, this book is best for the middle school set.
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