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Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop

Author: Jeff Anderson

Availability: In Stock

Code: SHP6463

ISBN: 9781760016463

No of Pages: 204

Publish date: 07/09/2015

Price: $39.95


Some teachers love grammar and some hate it, but nearly all
struggle to find ways of making the mechanics of English meaningful to kids. As
a middle years teacher, Jeff Anderson also discovered that his students were
not grasping the basics, and that it was preventing them from reaching their
potential as writers. Jeff readily admits, “I am not a grammarian, nor am I
punctilious about anything,” so he began researching and testing the ideas of
scores of grammar experts in his classroom, gradually finding successful ways
of integrating grammar instruction into writer’s workshop. 

Mechanically Inclined is the culmination of
years of experimentation that merges the best of writer’s workshop elements
with relevant theory about how and why skills should be taught. It connects
theory about using grammar in context with practical instructional strategies,
explains why kids often don’t understand or apply grammar and mechanics
correctly, focuses on attending to the “high payoff”, or most common errors in
student writing, and shows how to carefully construct a workshop environment
that can best support grammar and mechanics concepts. Jeff emphasises four key
elements in his teaching:

  • short
    daily instruction in grammar and mechanics within writer’s workshop

  • using
    high-quality mentor texts to teach grammar and mechanics in context

  • visual
    scaffolds, including wall charts, and visual cues that can be pasted into
    writer’s notebooks

  • regular,
    short routines, like “express-lane edits”, that help students spot and correct
    errors automatically.

Comprising an overview of the research-based context for grammar
instruction, a series of over 30 detailed lessons and an appendix of helpful
forms and instructional tools, Mechanically Inclined is a boon to teachers
regardless of their level of grammar-phobia. It shifts the negative,
rule-plagued emphasis of much grammar instruction into one which celebrates the
power and beauty these tools have in shaping all forms of writing.