Grammar Alive! A Guide for Teachers

  • Teaching strategies, higher education, K-12, Writing Assessment, TESL

By Brock Haussamen with Amy Benjamin, Martha Kolln, Rebecca S. Wheeler, and members of NCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar
Digitized by the Colorado State University Libraries

CoverNCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar provides this much-needed resource for K–college teachers who wonder what to do about grammar—how to teach it, how to apply it, how to learn what they themselves were never taught. Grammar Alive! offers teachers ways to negotiate the often conflicting goals of testing, confident writing, the culturally inclusive classroom, and the teaching of Standard English while also honoring other varieties of English. This hands-on approach to grammar in the classroom includes numerous examples and practical vignettes describing real teachers' real classroom experiences with specific grammar lessons—including ESL issues—as well as a review of grammar basics.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Vignette: Language about Language: A Middle School Grammar Class


I. Grammar in the Classroom

1. Three Goals for Teaching Grammar

2. Discovering Grammar

3. Teaching the Language of Grammar

4. Flexing the Students' Sentence Sense

5. Non-Native Speakers in the English Classroom

II. On Grammar

6. Grammar Superstitions: The Never-Never Rules

7. Diagramming Sentences

8. An Overview of Linguistic Grammar


A Grammar Glossary

Sources and Resources


Author and Contributors

Publication Information: Haussamen, Brock, Amy, Benjamin, Martha, Kolln, Rebecca S., Wheeler, & members of NCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar. (2003). Grammar Alive! A Guide for Teachers. National Council of Teachers of English.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011


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