Posts tagged ‘Grammar’

We are glad of receiving donations!

Last year, we received from CI teachers and students more than 50 books on donation. Now they are ready, waiting to be read.

Thank you!!








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February 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

DVD new collection.

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CI teachers can check DVDs from our new collection, here the titles:

  • Grammar Jammar
  • Auschwitz
  • The pianist
  • Gandhi
  • Into the arms of strangers
  • UNHCR Global View 2006
  • Rx for survival
  • Secret lives
  • Los pequeños gigantes
  • The Flying Scotsman
  • The sandlot
  • Focus on Grammar
  • South Sudan
  • Strange Days on Planet Earth
  • Enigma Colón
  • Nefertiti al descubierto
  • Super armas del mundo antiguo
  • Grandes egipcios
  • Alejandría ciudad sumergida
  • Faraonas de la antiguedad
  • Ramses
  • Alejandro Magno
  • Los últimos días de Pompeya
  • Templo de los dioses
  • Fer quiere saber de ecología
  • One survivor remembers
  • A time for justice
  • Why Shakespeare?

I hope you enjoy them, most of them are part of a generous donation from AS Coordinator, Ms. Janice. Thank you!


February 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Grammar for Middle School: A Sentence-Composing Approach by Don and Jenny Killgallon.

Fourteen grammatical structures are developed as writing tools in the same manner, using the sentence-composing approach.It takes these examples of well-known authors and stories. An excellent writing tool for students. Get the teacher´s guide or an electronic sample from Heinemann web site.

Take a grammar quiz here.

January 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Engaging Grammar: Practical Advice for Real Classrooms by Amy Benjamin with Tom Oliva.

Does grammar instruction have to elicit moans and groans from students and teachers alike? Only when it’s taught the old-fashioned way: as a series of rules to follow and errors to “fix” that have little or no connection to practical application or real-world writing.

Teacher, researcher, and consultant Amy Benjamin challenges the idea of “skill and drill” grammar in this lively, engaging, and immensely practical guide. Her enlightened view of grammar is grounded in linguistics and teaches us how to make informed decisions about teaching grammar—how to move beyond fixing surface errors to teaching how grammar can be used as the building blocks of sentences to create meaning.

In addition to Benjamin’s sage advice, you’ll find the voice of Tom Oliva—an experienced teacher inexperienced in teaching grammar—who writes a teacher’s journal chronicling how the concepts in this book can work in a real classroom. The perspectives of Benjamin and Oliva combine to provide a full picture of what grammar instruction can be: an exciting and accessible way to take advantage of students’ natural exuberance about language.

Although she does not advocate for teaching to the test, Benjamin acknowledges the pressures students face when taking high-stakes tests such as the SAT and ACT. Included is a chapter on how to improve students’ editing skills to help prepare them for the short-answer portion of these tests.

By using sentence patterns, mapping, visuals, and manipulatives, Benjamin and Oliva present an approach to grammar instruction that is suitable for a variety of student populations. From NCTE.

Amy Benjamin presents a different approach to invite students to use and enjoy English language.

Amy Benjamin introduces another grammar book in this video:

December 13, 2011 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

A Sentence a Day by Samantha Prust.

As a subtitle, it says: short, playful proofreading exercises to help students avoid tripping up when they write, and definitively it is!! A Sentence a Day presents one-sentences examples of writing in the incorrect and correct ways, plus explanation notes.

Printable proofreading activities.

December 13, 2011 at 11:19 am 2 comments

Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer´s Workshop by Jeff Anderson.

Mechanically Inclined is the culmination of years of experimentation that merges the best of writer’s workshop elements with relevant theory about how and why skills should be taught. It connects theory about using grammar in context with practical instructional strategies, explains why kids often don’t understand or apply grammar and mechanics correctly, focuses on attending to the “high payoff,” or most common errors in student writing, and shows how to carefully construct a workshop environment that can best support grammar and mechanics concepts. Jeff emphasizes four key elements in his teaching:

  • short daily instruction in grammar and mechanics within writer’s workshop;
  • using high-quality mentor texts to teach grammar and mechanics in context;
  • visual scaffolds, including wall charts, and visual cues that can be pasted into writer’s notebooks;
  • regular, short routines, like “express-lane edits,” that help students spot and correct errors automatically.

Comprising an overview of the research-based context for grammar instruction, a series of over thirty detailed lessons, and an appendix of helpful forms and instructional tools, Mechanically Inclined is a boon to teachers regardless of their level of grammar-phobia. It shifts the negative, rule-plagued emphasis of much grammar instruction into one which celebrates the power and beauty these tools have in shaping all forms of writing.

10 things every writer needs to know by this book author:

November 2, 2011 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

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