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Grammar Survival for Secondary Teachers

A Practical Toolkit, 3rd Edition

By Geoff Barton, Jo Shackleton

Routledge

98 pages

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Description

This third edition of Grammar Survival brings the content fully up-to-date with the new National Curriculum and GCSEs, making it current and relevant for all secondary school English teachers.

Grammar Survival for Secondary Teachers combines knowledge about grammar with pedagogical approaches. Each left-hand page sets out the knowledge teachers need about different aspects of grammar, incorporating research evidence where appropriate, and each right-hand page offers practical ideas and methods for teaching it, often in the context of authentic texts to show grammar in action.

This book aims to help pupils become more confident readers and writers, able to make conscious and informed choices about the use of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation in their own work. Chapters cover the following:

  • Vocabulary
  • Extending knowledge about grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Levels of formality
  • Grammar for reading and writing
  • Writing about language use
  • Full glossary and further reading recommendations

Completely underpinned by the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 3 and 4, this book supports all secondary school English teachers, regardless of their chosen GCSE specification, and is essential reading for trainee, newly qualified and experienced teachers alike.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Vocabulary: words and their meanings

What you need to know about vocabulary

What you need to know about more formal vocabulary

What you need to know about subject-specific vocabulary

What you need to know about troublesome words

Chapter 2 - Extending knowledge about grammar

What you need to know about extending knowledge about grammar

What you need to know about verb forms and tense

What you need to know about nouns and noun phrases

What you need to know about relative clauses

What you need to know about non-finite clauses

What you need to know about conditionals

What you need to know about the passive voice

What you need to know about multi-clause sentences

What you need to know about sentence variety

What you need to know about narrative voice and viewpoint

What you need to know about style

What you need to know about structure and cohesion

Chapter 3 - Punctuation for meaning and effect

What you need to know about punctuation for meaning and effect

Teaching about punctuation: recapping the basics

What you need to know about commas to separate grammatical units in a sentence

What you need to know about punctuation to indicate parenthetical information

What you need to know about punctuation to convey shades of subtlety in writing

What you need to know about punctuation to avoid ambiguity

Chapter 4 - Levels of formality

What you need to know about levels of formality

What you need to know about Standard and non-Standard English

What you need to know about the differences between spoken and written language

What you need to know about writing in an informal register

What you need to know about writing in a formal register

Chapter 5 - Grammar for reading and writing

What you need to know about grammar for reading and writing

What you need to know about writing that provides advice, instruction and explanation

What you need to know about writing that recounts events, providing commentary and personal reflection

What you need to know about writing that motivates, inspires and persuades

What you need to know about writing that gives an opinion, argues a case or debates a point of view

What you need to know about writing that tells a story, evokes setting and atmosphere, and conveys character

Chapter 6 - Writing about language use

What you need to know about writing about language use

Teaching pupils to write about language use: a toolkit

Teaching pupils to write about language use

Glossary

Further reading

About the Authors

Geoff Barton is the General Secretary for the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL). A former headteacher, he has also written and edited more than 100 books on English and school leadership. He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and a regular writer and speaker on education.

Jo Shackleton has been a secondary English teacher and subject leader, consultant and inspector. She has been a curriculum adviser on the grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) test and is the author of Grammar Survival for Primary Teachers. She has provided training to teachers throughout the country on grammar and punctuation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU010000
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDU025000
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDU029020
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
EDU029050
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities