Gravana

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Gravana's mission is to empower students to become clear and confident communicators.
 
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Students have already learned about verb voice and mood in the previous two lessons. This lesson is focused on identifying inappropriate shifts in voice and mood and correcting those shifts. Through the study and understanding of shifts, student
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This lesson takes the study of prepositional phrases up a level; students will determine the function of the phrase in the sentence. Now that students can identify prepositional phrases, they will continue their study by determining if the phrases
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This lesson introduces nonrestrictive and parenthetical elements to add variety, detail, and voice to students’ writing. Students will learn the proper punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to correctly punctuate nonrestrictive and parenthetical
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This lesson provides a review/overview on sentence structure by focusing on correctly combining clauses. The lesson reviews compound, complex, and compound complex sentences structures. Teachers can elicit evidence and gauge student understanding
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This lesson focuses on identifying gerunds in a sentence and how they are functioning in the sentence. After students are able to identify gerunds and their functions in the sentence, they will be able to use them correctly in their writing by
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This lesson builds upon basic pronoun and antecedent agreement with a focus on inappropriate shifts in person. Pronoun and antecedent agreement is one of the most commonly confused areas of pronoun study. Now that students have a greater
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This lesson builds upon previous lessons as students will use ALL of their pronoun knowledge to ensure the pronouns acting as subjects agree with the verbs in each sentence. This lesson also reviews indefinite pronouns for the purpose of teaching
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This lesson teaches students another way to create compound sentences using a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb (HOTSHOTCAT). The mnemonic device “HOTSHOTCAT” will help students memorize some of the conjunctive adverbs, and students will be able to
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The lesson focuses on correctly punctuating coordinating adjectives and creating sentences that are properly punctuated. As students continue to add words to enhance the clarity of expression—specifically adjectives—they will need to know and use
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In this lesson, students will be introduced to relative clauses, which is the remaining complex sentence type, in order to identify its role in a sentence and the proper punctuation. This lesson is broken into two lessons (Lesson 13 and Lesson 14)
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In this lesson students will continue to explore the essential relative clause in order to identify its role in a sentence. Students will be focusing on the essential relative clause, and the restrictions they place on the sentence. Teaching
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This lesson supports and reinforces Lesson One. Students are taking the skills they learned from the first lesson, and they are continuing to practice and work on identifying clauses, properly combining clauses, and properly punctuating sentences.
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This PowerPoint explains the four different grammatical moods: indicative, imperative, subjunctive, and conditional.This resource provides examples and practice problems in the presentation.
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This lesson focuses on the function of prepositions and prepositional phrases. Students will first need to understand a preposition’s function and then work up to identifying prepositional phrases. After students understand what prepositional
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This lesson helps students better understand when to appropriately use semicolons in their writing. This lesson will build on prior knowledge from Level Two when students learned about combining clauses, but it will also add in new information about
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This lesson helps students better understand when to appropriately incorporate dashes and parentheses in their writing. Writers choose when to use these tools, so this lesson focuses on how and when to correctly use dashes and parentheses.This
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This lesson briefly introduces subjects and verbs for the purpose of understanding independent clauses. This first lesson will equip students with a solid foundation to create correct and complete sentences. Understanding independent clauses will
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This lesson introduces the basic foundation of pronouns. Students will build on their understanding of nouns and subjects as they identify them as antecedents and begin to replace them with pronouns. Students must grasp this basic understanding of
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This lesson builds upon the basic foundation of pronouns starting with subjective pronouns. Students will utilize their understanding of nouns and subjects as they recognize them as antecedents and begin to replace them with subjective pronouns.
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This lesson builds upon the pronoun proper cases (subjective, objective, and possessive), and it ensures students understand how to properly use reflexive and intensive pronouns. Reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of the sentence, which
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The Gravana Team is made up of three educators who are passionate about student learning. Amanda Olinger has been teaching English to 7-12 grade students for the past ten years. With high expectations and rigorous teaching style, she pushes students to perform at their highest level. Her experience goes beyond the classroom. She has also worked for the SD Department of Education and curriculum companies across the nation creating, editing, and publishing curriculum and test items. Brad Hartzler has been an English and Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Harrisburg North Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD, for four years. He majored in English Education from The University of Sioux Falls with minors in English Language Learners and Communication Studies and Theatre. During his tenure, Brad learned a lot about what it takes to teach in concrete ways the intricacies and grammatical rules of the English language, especially to students whose first language is something other than English to struggling students. Kelly Andrews has been teaching 7th grade English Language Arts at Harrisburg North Middle School for the last three years. She loves communicating, connecting, and collaborating with others. She has a heart for writing and loves to share that passion with her students. She is a coach by nature, and she utilizes her coaching mindset to encourage, support, and drive her students to reach their highest potential.

MY TEACHING STYLE

We have created all of our material to be engaging and student-centered. Each of our lessons provides an invigorating anticipatory set, student handout, multiple practices, two quizzes, and a fun writing prompt where students can demonstrate their skills. Gravana is a versatile curriculum that can be used in any teaching style: personalized, customized, traditional, etc....you name it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Amanda Olinger received the Teacher of Distinction Award from College Board, National Board Certified Teacher, and she is on the South Dakota ELA Advisory Council. As part of this recognition, Mrs. Olinger will become a member of the SpringBoard teacher advisory council. She will have the opportunity to review new materials, participate in pilot opportunities, and attend the SpringBoard Pre-Conference and AP Annual Conference.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

After a frustrating semester, we knew our approach to teaching needed to change. Our students were struggling to communicate clearly and correctly through their writing. We started brainstorming how we could make a significant difference in our students' writing--something that would prepare them for high school, for college, and for that matter, life. We dreamed about a classroom where students not only loved to write but also were capable of writing well. We knew that dream could not become a reality until our students understood grammar and mechanics. Together we designed a pathway that nests fundamental grammar skills within a logical progression that improves writing. We immediately implemented the change in our own classrooms. We began to create invigorating grammar lessons, fun writing prompts, and we offered tailored feedback for our students. We found this system to be effective, so we ran with it; the results were astonishing. Our students enjoyed knowing grammar skills, and they loved to write using their new arsenal of grammar tools. Other teachers noticed the change, and they began to ask what we were doing differently. We couldn’t keep this idea to ourselves, and we knew it had to expand beyond our classrooms. We started talking with other teachers, administrators, and community members and concluded that there was a clear need; thus, we created Gravana. Gravana started as a small summer tutoring program, it expanded to a licensed classroom and district curriculum, and it is now expanding to an online interface (a learning management ecosystem). Gravana looks forward to expanding its influence in South Dakota, the greater Midwest, and the world.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Amanda Olinger: item writer for Smarter Balanced Consortium, Range-finding for McGraw-Hill assessing and scoring student writing, Resource creator and reviewer for Smarter Balanced Digital Library, and Advanced ELA instructor for seven years. Brad Hartzler: Google Certified Teacher Certification (2015).

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