Grammar Alive: A Guide for Teachers by Brock Haussamen

By Brock Haussamen

Grammar has been characterised as ''the skunk on the backyard social gathering of the language arts.'' may still lecturers forget about it and desire it disappears? carefully interact with it? during this casual and alluring publication, Brock Haussamen and different individuals of NCTE’s meeting for the instructing of English Grammar supply a much-needed source for the myriad K–12 lecturers who ask yourself what to do approximately grammar—how to educate it, tips on how to follow it, tips to study what they themselves have been by no means taught. waiting for the pressures of standardized and high-stakes checking out that threaten to restore older, useless equipment of educating grammar, the authors of _Grammar Alive!_ provide lecturers how you can negotiate the customarily conflicting ambitions of checking out, convinced writing, the culturally inclusive school room, and the educating of normal English whereas additionally honoring different types of English. beginner and veteran academics alike will enjoy the hands-on method of grammar within the lecture room that incorporates quite a few examples and functional vignettes describing genuine lecturers’ genuine lecture room reports with particular grammar lessons—including ESL issues—as good because the chapters that assessment grammar fundamentals, from find out how to diagram a sentence to the weather of linguistic grammar. A grammar thesaurus and annotated record of assets for extra examining around out the ebook. _Grammar Alive!_ is perfect for lecturers who think that grammar may possibly play a tremendous and stress-free function within the language arts if in basic terms they knew greater how one can train it.

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And finally, I highlight some special cases — treacherous nouns and pronouns that are often mismatched. By the way, subject-verb agreement travels so often to the SAT Writing and ACT English tests that it should earn frequent flyer miles. Test-takers, take note! No mixing allowed: Singles and plurals You must always pair singular subjects with singular verbs and plural subjects with plural verbs. Check out these examples: The ugly duckling hates the mirrored room. (duckling = singular subject; hates = singular verb) The plastic elf is still sitting on the store shelf.

Other than that, forget about infinitives! Okay, you can’t forget about infinitives completely. Here’s something else you should know about infinitives in formal English: Don’t split them in half. For example, you commonly see sentences like the following: Matt vowed to really study if he ever got the chance to take the flight instructor exam again. This example is common, but incorrect. Grammatically, to study is a unit — one infinitive. You’re not supposed to separate its two halves. Now that you know this rule, read the newspaper.

Both of these words are fake subjects. (Here and there are adverbs, not nouns. ) What’s the real answer to the question “What is”? One million dollars. Here and there are fill-ins, or place markers; they aren’t what you’re talking about. One million dollars — that’s what you’re talking about! indd 22 4/6/10 7:58 PM Chapter 2: Making Peace between Subjects and Verbs 23 Give Peace a Chance: Making Subjects and Verbs Agree Hollywood filmmakers and about a million songwriters have tried to convince people that opposites attract.

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