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Infusing Grammar Into the Writer's Workshop
A Guide for K-6 Teachers

ISBN 9781138832121
Published August 18, 2015 by Routledge
128 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Help your students improve their language skills and become stronger readers and writers. In this timely book, literacy experts Amy Benjamin and Barbara Golub offer best practices for fortifying the writer’s workshop model with meaningful, relevant instruction in grammar.

The book answers questions such as…

    • What does a writer’s workshop look like and how does it fit into balanced literacy models? How does grammar fit into a writer’s workshop?

    • How can you use natural language acquisition to transition children from non-Standard to Standard English patterns?
    • How can you teach students to identify a complete sentence?
    • What are effective ways to teach parts of speech?
    • How can you build on nouns and verbs to teach adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and dependent clauses?

In each chapter, you’ll find out exactly what teaching the targeted concept looks like in a workshop classroom. Examples are provided for different grade levels and can be adapted as necessary to meet your needs.

This book is a No-Worksheet Zone. You’ll learnhow to present grammar using authentic text and talk, leading to more durable learning.

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors



User’s Guide

Common Core State Standards

Chapter 1: A Look at Balanced Literacy and Reading-Writing Workshop

Chapter 2: Accelerated Auditory Patterning: How is Standard English Supposed to Sound?

Chapter 3: Is This a Complete Sentence? Is This a Run-On Sentence? Do I Need a Comma?

Chapter 4: Beyond Person, Place, or Thing: Teaching Parts of Speech

Chapter 5: Building on Nouns and Verbs: Phrases and Clauses

Chapter 6: Conclusion


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Amy Benjamin is a national education consultant and author of 12 books on teaching literacy. Before becoming a consultant, she was an award-winning English teacher in Montrose, New York.

Barbara Golub is a national and international literacy consultant. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher in NYC and Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project.


"Each chapter clearly demonstrates what teaching the targeted concept looks like in a workshop classroom, with examples for different grade levels which can be adapted as necessary. Clear and understandable, and eminently practical, the book clearly achieves the objective of showing how to teach grammar in the context of the workshop model." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

"This is the book that literacy teachers everywhere have been waiting for! Literacy teachers, aware of the power of the workshop model and of the importance of teaching grammar in the context of writing instruction, often ask: "What is the best way to incorporate grammar into the writer’s workshop?" These teachers should look no further, as Benjamin and Golub’s book is an outstanding resource that answers this question like no other text does. I have no doubt educators will find this book to be extremely useful!" - Sean Ruday, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English Education, Longwood University, and author of the The Common Core Grammar Toolkit books.

"Barb and Amy’s book will make you feel in-the-know about how our language works, how kids can best learn its rules, and how to make grammar a regular part of your ELA instruction. It’s doable, and after reading this excellent book, I’m convinced it’s essential." - Jennifer Serravallo, Author and Literacy Consultant