Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar: Developing your students as writers and readers

1st Edition

Martin Illingworth, Nick Hall

Published November 9, 2015
Reference - 140 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138819290 - CAT# Y172012
Series: National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)

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Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar is an easily accessible, practical guide full of ideas to support teachers in making the learning of grammar a natural part of developing their students as writers and as readers. Written for those teaching years 5,6,7 and 8, the authors’ approach concentrates on the individual needs of students rather than of a year group as a whole.

Split into two main sections, the first looks at creative ways of exploring grammar and includes more than forty ideas that can be implemented into the classroom. This section can be used as a quick resource or the whole sequence can be followed to ensure students are investigating, exploring and having fun with grammar.

The second section includes an extensive glossary of terms to develop a full understanding of grammar which can be used to audit your own competences and highlight areas for further development. 

Creative ideas explored include:

    • Being silly with grammar
    • Favourite words
    • Exploding sentences
    • Writing for real audiences
    • New punctuation marks and emoticons
    • Sorting out confusing words
    • Broadening active vocabulary
    • Top ten spelling tips
    • Flexing your vocabulary brain
    • Redundancy in language

Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar is a truly practical guide that is a must read for anyone teaching grammar to years 5,6,7 and 8. With plenty of ideas to implement into the classroom it encourages students to take ownership of their own learning and progress.


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