Grammar Openers Toolkit
provides 64 "openers" to teach students all the grammar, mechanics, and spelling that they need to become effective writers. Throw away your old DOL or DLR and make sense out of explicit grammar instruction with a Sentence Lifting program that has a true Common Core standards-based scope and sequence of instruction. These 25 minute lessons, formatted for display, provide both basic and advanced skills and comprise a full year curriculum for high school students. Designed to teach the essential rules and skills in the context of authentic writing, these lessons require only a few minutes of teacher prep and paperwork. The "Teaching Hints" section in fine print on each lesson is indispensable for the grammatically-challenged teacher.
The scripted Sentence Lifting lessons provide explicit and systematic direct instruction in standards-based mechanics, spelling, and grammar skills. Lessons use mentor texts (student and literary examples), simple sentence diagramming, sentence combining, and sentence manipulation activities. The only advance preparation is to select a student grammatical sentence model for each lesson.
All Sentence Lifting lessons follow the same format. First, the teacher selects either basic or advanced skills and introduces these with definitions and examples. Next, the teacher asks students to apply the skills and analyze practice sentences in a "What's Right? and What's Wrong?" interactive discussion. Students then analyze the provided literary model of the grammatical focus and the teacher-selected student model of the grammatical focus. Next, students complete the simple sentence diagram with the correct grammatical components. Then, the teacher dictates three sentences as a formative assessment. Finally, students self-correct and self-edit from the displayed answers. The teacher can use a simple point system to award students for their efforts. (Two 25-Minute Sessions, Twice per Week, for 50 Minutes Total Class Time)
Instructional materials in the Grammar Openers Toolkit
(204 pages) have been selected from the comprehensive Teaching Grammar and Mechanics (High School)
program, which includes the contents of this book. Also get comprehensive diagnostic assessments and recording matrices for progress monitoring and 72 targeted grammar and mechanics worksheets, aligned to each skill tested in the diagnostic assessments. Everything the writing teacher needs to teach students to speak and write with proper grammar, as well as use correct mechanics and conventional spelling is provided in this systematic, standards-based curriculum. No other grammar textbook or workbook is needed.