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Grammar Fir Tree Activity (3–8)

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks... Continue Reading

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ideas To Get Students Writing Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented the quickwrite strategy. A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Consultant with the Wyoming Writing Project and co-presented a session on “Reading & Writing as Argument” at the University of Wyoming. The audience was composed of both elementary and secondary teachers. One anchor chart that was presented asked: What counts as writing?... Continue Reading

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference concluded just before Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. I had the wonderful opportunity to take Bradley, my oldest son... Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Tips for Revising Sentences Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet (6–12)

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only obscures ideas, but causes readers to become frustrated. Here are five strategies (with examples) that students can use to revise their wordy sentences. Continue Reading

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Meaningful Revision to Deepen Students' Writing

Teachers understand that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers... Continue Reading

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter (3–5)

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves. Upper elementary students can write a formal letter to a favorite author, and primary students can write friendly informal letters about the weather. Continue Reading

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teaching Argumentative Writing in the Classroom, Grades 9–12

Teaching both tenth and twelfth grade presents its rewards and challenges. It is rewarding because I get to see so much growth and maturity in twelfth graders. It can be challenging when I just finish grading 50 tenth-grade argumentative essays at the end of the first semester only to turn around and grade 50 more twelfth-grade argumentative essays at the beginning of second semester.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Informative/Explanatory Writing in the Classroom, Grades 3–12

With many holidays just around the corner, it seems like a good time to invite students to write some informative/explanatory texts.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Teaching Students The Many Purposes of Writing

I love sticky notes. If you were to look at my desk or at my planner or at my laptop lid, you would see sticky notes filled with information. A reminder to talk to a teacher. A list of three items to grab at the grocery store. A to-do list to accomplish during my planning period.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rethinking Grammar: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Instruction Book, Grades 6–12

My mom likes to tell a story about her high school English teacher, who carried a ruler and rapped students’ knuckles when they struggled with grammar exercises. Instruction has progressed by leaps and bounds since the 1960s, and students have access to more information than ever before. This access to a wide variety of texts must be streamlined by teachers in order to guide students toward choosing appropriate texts that will support their learning.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Common Core Grammar & Writing Exercises, Grades 3–12

Teachers are not alone in the time of the CCSS!

The Common Core State Standards are a set of educational goals with a synergistic approach. Standards provide a common starting place for grade levels across the nation and are not meant to be the end; rather, the standards provide a beginning on which students can build their knowledge and demonstrate understanding.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Welcome to the Core Grammar Blog

Hello, friend, and welcome to the Core Grammar Blog! I am guessing you and I share the same reasons when performing a search for grammar lessons. As a high school teacher myself, I want information that is practical and easy to implement when I search for a lesson or teaching tip. The Core Grammar Blog provides that type of information! This blog is meant to not only support students but to be engaging and helpful to you.

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