No matter what state you teach in, you can be certain that grammar is being tested . . . frequently and across the grades! The biggest issue? Most of our grades 4-12 students continue to make the same old errors year after year. Grammar Keepers to the rescue, with 101 lessons that help students internalize the conventions of correctness once and for all. Bernabei’s key ingredients include
Daily journal writing to increase practice and provide an authentic context
Minilessons and Interactive Dialogues that model how to make grammatical choices
A “Keepers 101” sheet to track teaching and “Parts of Speech Sheet” for student reference
Gretchen S. Bernabei
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gretchen Bernabei does it again! This book is a keeper for sure. I have used some of the lessons with students recently. Practicing the academic language in the conversations is engaging for the students. They really enjoy proving their answers. As they go through the conversations, proofs and reasoning, the ideas are solidified. I really like how she uses mentor text to show how the different rules are applied in authentic writing. The students apply their understanding of the grammar by analyzing other student produced writing. Finally, these young writers are nudged along to apply it in their own writing. The students then go back and reread their writing and prove it. The Keepers 101 chart is very helpful and students can track their learning as they go. This is a book that is great for ELLs and all student populations. The ideas presented in her book can be easily adapted in Spanish as well. Gretchen's books are always based on research (Vygotsky and Bruner) and the...
This book is a game-changer for my classroom. It has easy-to-follow, student-centered lessons that work perfectly with a writers' workshop model as well as a classroom that is required to use a basel text series. The lessons are short, sweet, and to the point. It does NOT require tons of copies, unlike other programs/systems. I do wish the book had digital copies of page that are better than what's in the book or the author's web site. I was able to find what some other teachers have created from this book.
I wish I had this book when I was in school. I ordered it for my yougest child who prefers homeschooling. It is the best book in language arts we have found. The book is intended for grades 4-12. It can be used on younger students and is a great reminder of common grammatical errors for older students or someone working towards a GED. The lessons are short and the exercises are to the point and not busy work.
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