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The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language

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Grammar is the gatekeeper to a culture of power, yet it is also the power behind the startling beauty and robustness of the English language. In ""The Power of Grammar"," Mary Ehrenworth and Vicki Vinton show you how these two notions of power can help your grammar instruction address the practical and aesthetic needs of your student writers.

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Paperback, 199 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Jul 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing

This incredibly helpful book completely changed my thinking about effective grammar instruction. As a teacher who has grown weary with the traditional practices of drilling and grilling students on the hundreds of rules and exceptions to the rules, I was excited to read about Ehrenworth and Vinton’s alternative approaches to teaching students the power of grammar. The authors detail how the power behind using grammar effectively is two-fold. Those students who learn how to communicate effectivel
Julie Scott
Jul 08, 2015 Julie Scott rated it it was amazing
Cash English. It’s a concept that I hadn’t really thought about, but if students want access to the culture of power, knowing the conventions of standard English will at least give them the option if they choose to participate. Ehrenworth gives teachers a plan for making sure that conventions are taught to mastery in contextual lessons using mentor texts.

Perhaps one of the most useful parts of the book can be found on page 44 and 45. She offers a model curriculum calendar that teachers can use
Julie Gardner
Apr 15, 2014 Julie Gardner rated it it was amazing
Any book about grammar that brings the reader to tears-twice-deserves a 5 star rating. This book is a passionate discourse on what we lose by ignoring grammar and, equally important, what we lose by teaching no-nonsense, by-the-rules, worksheet-driven grammar. Instead, we can teach grammar through inquiry and apprenticeship as "an art, relying on the way art provokes responses across differences of power, knowledge, and control...Showing students how powerful writers use grammar as a ...more
Jennifer Wyld
Aug 30, 2008 Jennifer Wyld rated it really liked it
Yes, I am reading a book on grammar... I am either a nerd, or a teacher, or both!- OK- I finished it and it was an enjoyable read! Really! I like the insight that knowing how to use grammar - whether you are following the rules or choosing to break them- is a way to access power. I hope I pick up more of the craft of writing when I read in the future because these authors showed how to really appreciate a sentence when it is well crafted. And of course they kept going on about on from Lolita- a ...more
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While many people would balk at reading a book about grammar, this is a very good read. You'll learn how to set up a grammar calendar of mini-lessons to teach throughout the year. Also helpful is the layout of how to cycle the lessons for maximum permanence. It was also great to revisit all those grammar "why we do what we do" rules. Things you may do automatically but can't explain why.
Sep 27, 2012 jmjester marked it as to-read
I predict this book will be dog-earred before long right along with my copies of Anderson's Everyday Editing and Mechanically Inclined. I'm anxious to see the impact such an apprenticeship to other's writing as Ehrenworth and Vinton suggest on my students' writing.
Andrea Holck
Oct 19, 2012 Andrea Holck rated it it was amazing
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Hands down the most authentic, readable, inspiring and practical guide to teaching grammar in the middle grades. It has curriculum built into the R/W Workshop curricular year and approaches conventions as a powerful way to control and manipulate writer's voice.
Tammy Ward
Jun 16, 2014 Tammy Ward rated it really liked it
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My big takeaway: Grammar/punctuation is not just about following the rules. It's about choice.

Many of my students suffer from flat writing. I believe using some of these ideas can help students find their voice.
Aug 02, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
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This is a super educational resource that doesn't skip the important discussions about grammar, language, power and culture. I loved that the authors used a social justice lens to model teaching about language, voice and choice in writing.
May 18, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
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An interesting look on grammar instruction. It was easy to read and enjoyable, I really like the idea of using inquiry to teach grammar.
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