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Bringing Grammar to Life

by Deborah Dean

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Bringing Grammar to Life

Grades 7 – 12
Type Book
Pages 184
Published October 2007
Publisher International Literacy Association



How can you bring grammar to life for your students? By using everyday sources and an integrated approach in your classroom.

In Bringing Grammar to Life, Deborah Dean offers concrete examples and sample classroom dialogue that shows what it means to integrate grammar into the content of a class. Chapter 1 sets the stage for this approach and explains the five aspects of grammar used in the book:

  • Traditional grammar
  • Editing
  • Usage
  • Language change
  • Rhetorical grammar

Chapters 2 and 3 focus on how to integrate grammar with reading and writing. Chapter 4 addresses two major issues that complicate the effective teaching of grammar for many teachers: concern for English-language learners and testing. Finally, chapter 5 explores how to plan for and assess an integrated approach to grammar instruction.

Dean, D. (2008). Bringing Grammar to Life. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

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