180 Daily Lessons Integrating Literature, Writing, & Grammar Skills
This unique resource gives secondary school English teachers 180 high-interest activities that build students’ proficiency in the three major areas of the English curriculum—reading/literature, writing, and grammar. All the activities have been classroom-tested, can be used with students of varying abilities, and are effective as individual, group, or whole-class activities.
For quick access and easy use, the activities are organized into 36 weekly packets—each packet including five “Dailies”—and printed in a big 81/4 x11 lay-flat format for easy photocopying.
Each “Daily” activity begins with a well-written student passage followed by prompts that encourage students to examine the passage in terms of usage, stylistic devices, grammatical concerns, punctuation, and reading / literature skills. The activities require students to learn the rules that apply and to use the examples as springboards for their own writing.
You’ll find that these integrated “Dailies” activities are ideally flexible. They can be completed as “warm-ups” at the beginning of class, as mini-reviews for more advanced students, serve as walk-through activities or homework assignments for students who need reinforcement, or as a day’s lesson. Many teachers like to use them for partner assignments while they conference with students one-on-one. Each activity will lead to inquiry and lively discussion as students analyze the model passage and learn to write effectively based on:
*Genres Required on Standardized Writing Tests including expository, persuasive, narrative, descriptive, character sketches, comparison / contrast, poetry, and vignettes, and more.
*Reading Skills and Literary Elements such as sequencing, inference, summarizing, author’s style, plot, setting, characterization, theme, mood / tone, irony, etc.
Stylistic Writing Devices such as vivid verbs, effective word choice, figurative language—similes, metaphors, personification—repetition for effect, imagery, the unique “magic three,” full-circle endings, narrative “hook,” humor, and many more.
Rules of Grammar, Usage, Mechanics and Structure including capitalization, punctuation, subject / verb agreement, fragments, run-ons, adjective /adverb usage, pronoun usage, sentence combining, parallel structure, varying sentence structure, phrases, and clauses.
A handy “Glossary of Terms” and the author’s unique “Smiley-Face Tricks” (Voice) can be reproduced for students’ convenient reference as they complete the “Dailies” and other writing assignments. Answer keys are included.
In short, English Workshop Activities for Grades 6-12 gives you an effective and proven way to develop each student’s writing competency regardless of grade or ability level. Once you guide students through the first few activities, they will gain confidence and begin to change ordinary writing into powerful writing.