1st Edition

Grammar Toolkit Lesson Plans for Middle School Mentor Text-Based Grammar Lessons for the Middle School English Classroom

By Sean Ruday Copyright 2025
    224 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    224 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    Grammar Toolkit Lesson Plans for Middle School: Mentor Text-Based Grammar Lessons for the Middle School English Classroom contains detailed grammar lesson plans for teachers in grades six, seven, and eight. The lesson plans in this book incorporate the research-based best practices of grammar instruction. They present grammatical concepts in the context of effective writing through the use of mentor texts. These mentor text examples, which students read from a writer’s perspective, deepen students’ metacognition of the importance of these concepts and help them see the elements of grammar as tools for strong writing that authors use strategically to make their work as strong as possible. The thorough plans in this book are designed to help teachers put the best practices of grammar instruction into action in their teaching in concrete, practitioner-oriented ways that are informed by key research findings on the teaching of grammar. The ideas, examples, and instructional suggestions in this book will give teachers the necessary resources to incorporate mentor-text-based grammar lessons that develop students’ metacognition of the tools of effective grammar and communication.

    Introduction: The Power and Possibility of Mentor Text-Based Grammar Lessons

     Section One: Lesson Plans Recommended for the Sixth-Grade English Classroom

     Lesson 6.1: The Case of Communication: Pronoun Case

     Lesson 6.2: Bringing the Intensity: Intensive Pronouns

     Lesson 6.3: Adding and Clarifying: Punctuation that Sets Off Additional Information

     Lesson 6.4: Developing and Describing: Adjectives

     Lesson 6.5: Explanation and Impact: Adverbs

     Section Two: Lesson Plans Recommended for the Seventh-Grade English Classroom

     Lesson 7.1: Developing Ideas: Prepositional Phrases

     Lesson 7.2: A Descriptive Tool: Relative Clauses

     Lesson 7.3: Strong and Specific: Strong Verbs and Specific Nouns 

    Lesson 7.4: Shades of Meaning: Connotation and Denotation 

    Lesson 7.5: Intentional Sentence Construction: Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences

    Section Three: Lesson Plans Recommended for the Eighth-Grade English Classroom 

    Lesson 8.1: Purposeful Structures: Active and Passive Voices 

    Lesson 8.2: Time for a Break: Punctuation that Indicates a Pause or Break 

    Lesson 8.3: Key Comparisons: Comparative and Superlative Degrees

     Lesson 8.4: Tools for Variety and Versatility: Using Verbals 

    Lesson 8.5: The Many Moods: The Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional, and Subjunctive Verb Moods

    Section Four: Final Thoughts and Resources

    Conclusion: Using This Book to Maximize Grammar Instruction

    Appendix A: Annotated Bibliography of Mentor Texts

    Appendix B: Reproducible Graphic Organizers


    Sean Ruday (he/him/his) is a professor and program coordinator of English education at Longwood University.