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Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar
Developing your students as writers and readers

ISBN 9781138819290
Published November 18, 2015 by Routledge
150 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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
    • Favourite words
    • Exploding sentences
    • 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.

Table of Contents

Teachers of Key Stage Two

Teachers of Key Stage Three

The problem with transition

Auditing your knowledge

Levels of understanding in testing


Ideas for teaching grammar

  1. Questioning
  2. Sentences
  3. Marginal commentaries
  4. Collecting signs
  5. Guiding the reader
  6. The grammar of speech
  7. Being silly with grammar
  8. Your attitude towards grammar
  9. Favourite words
  10. Syntax
  11. Dictionaries
  12. Stop pee-ing!
  13. Significance and value
  14. Exploding sentences
  15. Grammar working wall
  16. Finding your voice – Auto/ biography
  17. Handwriting
  18. Writing for real audiences
  19. Chasing the dream
  20. Telling stories
  21. Twitter stories
  22. Just because it is
  23. New punctuation marks and emoticons
  24. Grammar t-shirts
  25. Sorting out confusing words
  26. High frequency language
  27. Broadening active vocabulary
  28. Re/drafting
  29. Patterns and exceptions
  30. Top ten spelling tips
  31. Big, deep and wide questions
  32. Making up new words
  33. Difficult words/ punctuation
  34. Cut and paste fun
  35. Dramatic readings
  36. The grammar of photography
  37. Innate competence
  38. Word classes
  39. Explicit modelling of writing
  40. Ask the author
  41. Flexing your vocabulary brain
  42. Redundancy in language

A glossary of terms

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Martin Illingworth is Senior Lecturer in English Education at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Nick Hall is the Director of Teach First East Midlands, UK.


"This book – part of a series co-published with the National Association for the Teaching of English – takes into account the latest standards and expectations, but thoughtfully contextualises them within the bigger picture of what students genuinely need to know, and why, before suggesting creative and relevant ways to improve learners’ language skills across the curriculum. It’s positive, inspiring and enormously sensible – if you only read one book about teaching grammar this year, make it this one. And if you weren’t planning on reading any; change your mind." Teach Secondary