The Common Core’s language standards can seem overwhelming—students need to learn specific, complex grammar rules at each grade level. The Common Core Grammar Toolkit to the rescue! In this comprehensive guide, author Sean Ruday shows how you can make grammar instruction fun and meaningful.
You will learn how to…
- Teach the Common Core’s language standards for grades 9–12 by presenting each grammar rule as a useful writing tool.
- Use mentor texts—excerpts from great literature—to help students understand grammar in action.
- Promote metacognition along the way, so that students become responsible for their own learning.
The book thoroughly covers how to teach the Common Core’s language standards for grades 9-12, on topics such as varying syntax for effect, using domain-specific words and phrases, analyzing nuances in word meanings, using semicolons to link related clauses, and more. You’ll learn how to present each of these grammar rules to your students as tools that will help them improve their writing. You’ll also find resources designed to provide you with extra support, including reproducible classroom-ready charts and forms, an annotated bibliography of suggested mentor texts for each grammar rule, and a guide for teachers and administrators interested in using the book for group-based professional development. With The Common Core Grammar Toolkit, you’ll have a clear game plan for encouraging your students to use language more purposefully and effectively.
Table of Contents
Meet the Authors
Introduction What Should High School Grammar Instruction Look Like?
Section One: Grammatical Concepts Aligned with Common Core Language
Standards for Grades 9 and 10
Chapter One Purposefully Use Key Phrases to Convey Specific Meanings and Add Variety
Chapter Two Purposefully Use Key Clauses to Convey Specific Meanings and Add Variety
Chapter Three Use Semicolons to Link Closely Related Independent Clauses
Chapter Four Interpret Figures of Speech and Understand their Roles in a Text
Section Two: Grammatical Concepts Aligned with Common Core Language
Standards for Grades 11 and 12
Chapter Five Vary Syntax for Effect
Chapter Six Analyze Nuances in the Meanings of Words with Similar Denotations
Chapter Seven Use Domain-Specific Words and Phrases
Section Three: Putting it Together
Chapter Eight Assessment Strategies
Chapter Nine Final Thoughts and Tips for Classroom Practice
Section Four: Resources
Appendix A Reproducible Charts and Forms You Can Use in Your Classroom
Appendix B A Guide for Book Studies
Sean Ruday is an associate professor of English Education at Longwood University and a former classroom teacher. He is also a Co-President of the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar. He frequently writes and presents on innovative ways to improve students' literacy learning.
"Many teachers try to use single worksheets and exercises, but do students actually benefit from this? No they do not. The Common Core Grammar Toolkit, 9-12 will help change that."
- Denise Golubski, English Department Chair, Holy Name High School, OH
"Enjoyable and practical, The Common Core Grammar Toolkit, 9-12 by Sean Ruday is an invaluable resource for teachers seeking to integrate grammar and writing instruction. Ruday combines easy-to-understand descriptions of grammatical concepts and teaching methods with classroom snapshots to demonstrate how to help high school students excel as writers."
- April M. Burke, PhD, Assistant Professor of Educational Linguistics, Central Michigan University
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