Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar is an easily accessible, practical guide full of ideas to support teachers in making the learning of grammar a natural part of developing their students as writers and as readers. Written for those teaching years 5,6,7 and 8, the authors' approach concentrates on the individual needs of students rather than of a year group as a whole.
Split into two main sections, the first looks at creative ways of exploring grammar and includes more than forty ideas that can be implemented into the classroom. This section can be used as a quick resource or the whole sequence can be followed to ensure students are investigating, exploring and having fun with grammar.
The second section includes an extensive glossary of terms to develop a full understanding of grammar which can be used to audit your own competences and highlight areas for further development.
Creative ideas explored include:
Being silly with grammar
Writing for real audiences
New punctuation marks and emoticons
Sorting out confusing words
Broadening active vocabulary
Top ten spelling tips
Flexing your vocabulary brain
Redundancy in language
Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar is a truly practical guide that is a must read for anyone teaching grammar to years 5,6,7 and 8. With plenty of ideas to implement into the classroom it encourages students to take ownership of their own learning and progress.
Martin Illingworth is Senior Lecturer in English Education at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Nick Hall is the Director of Teach First East Midlands, UK.
Teachers of Key Stage Two Teachers of Key Stage Three The problem with transition Auditing your knowledge Levels of understanding in testing Relevance Ideas for teaching grammar Questioning Sentences Marginal commentaries Collecting signs Guiding the reader The grammar of speech Being silly with grammar Your attitude towards grammar Favourite words Syntax Dictionaries Stop pee-ing! Significance and value Exploding sentences Grammar working wall Finding your voice - Auto/ biography Handwriting Writing for real audiences Chasing the dream Telling stories Twitter stories Just because it is New punctuation marks and emoticons Grammar t-shirts Sorting out confusing words High frequency language Broadening active vocabulary Re/drafting Patterns and exceptions Top ten spelling tips Big, deep and wide questions Making up new words Difficult words/ punctuation Cut and paste fun Dramatic readings The grammar of photography Innate competence Word classes Explicit modelling of writing Ask the author Flexing your vocabulary brain Redundancy in language A glossary of terms