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The Grammar Teacher's Activity-a-Day: 180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage

ISBN: 978-0-470-54315-3
240 pages
April 2010, Jossey-Bass
The Grammar Teacher
Quick, daily classroom lessons for improving students' grammar and writing skills

This must-have resource features 180 practical, ready-to-use grammar and usage lessons and activities–one for each day of the school year. The activities included help students in grades 5-12 to acquire, improve, and expand their grammar skills, and become more adept and confident writers. Veteran educator and best-selling author Jack Umstatter helps teachers to familiarize students with the type of grammar-related content found on standardized local, state, national, and college admissions tests.

  • Includes ready-to-use, yet comprehensive and authoritative activities for use as sponge activities, extra homework, or regular daily lessons
  • Reproducible lessons are designed to be non-intimidating and clear for students
  • Other titles by Umstatter include Grammar Grabbers!, 201 Ready-to-Use Word Games for the English Classroom, Brain Games!, and Got Grammar?

Tips for educators on how to best utilize each specific topic or lesson are included for easy classroom instruction.

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How to Use this Book.

Section One Grammar.

1. the noun.

2. types of nouns.

3. the pronoun.

4. personal pronouns.

5. Do you know your personal pronouns?

6. reflexive, demonstrative, and interrogative pronouns.

7. singular and plural nouns and pronouns.

8. the adjective.

9. the noun-adjective-pronoun question.

10. the verb.

11. Is it an action, linking, or helping verb?

12. the adverb.

13. the preposition.

14. compound prepositions and the preposition-adverb question.

15. the coordinating conjunction.

16. the correlative conjunction.

17. the subordinating conjunction.

18. combining ideas with the subordinating conjunction.

19. the interjection.

20. parts-of-speech review (part one).

21. parts-of-speech review (part two).

22. parts-of-speech parade.

23. filling in the parts of speech.

24. What’s missing? (parts-of-speech review).

25. fun with literary titles (parts-of-speech review).

26. parts-of-speech matching.

Section Two Usage.

27. complete and simple subjects.

28. complete and simple predicates.

29. compound subject and compound predicate.

30. the direct object.

31. the indirect object.

32. the object of the preposition.

33. objects and 8–7–5.

34. subject complements— predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives.

35. Predicate nominative, predicate adjective, or neither?

36. introducing phrases.

37. the verb phrase.

38. the prepositional phrase.

39. the adjective phrase.

40. the adverb phrase.

41. adjective and adverb phrases review.

42. prepositional phrases review.

43. the appositive.

44. Appositive, verb, or prepositional phrase?

45. the participle and participial phrase.

46. Participial phrase or not?

47. the gerund and gerund phrase.

48. Gerund or not?

49. the infinitive and infinitive phrase.

50. the many uses of the infinitive phrase.

51. verbal phrase review.

52. matching the phrases in context.

53. showing what you know about phrases.

54. happy in ten different ways.

55. writing with variety.

56. phrases finale.

57. introducing clauses.

58. the adverb clause.

59. nailing down the adverb clause.

60. the adjective clause.

61. recognizing adjective clauses.

62. the noun clause.

63. the many uses of the noun clause.

64. adjective, adverb, and noun clauses.

65. identifying phrases and clauses.

66. Do you know your phrases and clauses?

67. putting clauses into action.

68. what good writers do.

69. starting the sentence.

70. it’s all about form.

71. sentences, fragments, and run-on sentences.

72. What’s what? sentences, fragments, and run-on sentences.

73. making sense (and sentences).

74. types of sentences by purpose.

75. ‘‘purposeful’’ sentences.

76. sentences by design (or construction).

77. simple and compound sentences.

78. complex sentences.

79. compound-complex sentences.

80. Know the sentence’s structure?

81. subject and verb agreement.

82. agreement involving prepositional phrases.

83. knowing your prepositional phrases and agreement.

84. pronouns and their antecedents.

85. agreement between indefinite pronouns and their antecedents.

86. showing what you know about pronouns and their antecedents.

87. indefinite pronouns.

88. indefinite pronouns and agreement.

89. writing with indefinite pronouns.

90. compound subjects (part one).

91. compound subjects (part two).

92. working with compound subjects.

93. subject-verb agreement situations.

94. more subject-verb agreement situations.

95. making the wrong right.

96. knowing your subject-verb agreement.

97. subject-verb agreement parade.

98. practicing agreement.

99. How well do you know agreement?

100. regular verb tenses.

101. selecting the correct verb tense.

102. irregular verbs (part one).

103. working with irregular verbs from part one.

104. irregular verbs (part two).

105. working with irregular verbs from part two.

106. irregular verbs in context.

107. Correct or incorrect?

108. helping out with irregular verbs.

109. the verb ‘‘be’’.

110. busy with the verb ‘‘be’’.

111. the nominative case.

112. the objective case.

113. the possessive case.

114. the possessive case and pronouns.

115. indefinite pronouns and the possessive case.

116. using the possessive case.

117. confusing usage words (part one).

118. confusing usage words (part two).

119. confusing usage words (part three).

120. confusing usage words (part four).

121. confusing usage words (part five).

122. confusing usage words (part six).

123. confusing usage words (part seven).

124. confusing usage words (part eight).

125. matching up the confusing words.

126. Which is the correct word?

127. select the correct word.

128. double negatives.

129. misplaced and dangling modifiers.

130. revising sentences that have misplaced and dangling modifiers.

131. transitive and intransitive verbs.

132. Do you know your transitive and intransitive verbs?

133. active and passive voices.

134. sound-alike words (part one).

135. sound-alike words (part two).

136. sound-alike words (part three).

137. sound-alike words (part four).

138. making your mark with sound-alike words.

139. regular comparison of adjectives and adverbs.

140. irregular comparison of adjectives and adverbs.

Section Three Mechanics.

141. periods, question marks, and exclamation marks.

142. working with periods, question marks, and exclamation marks.

143. commas (part one).

144. commas (part two).

145. commas (part three).

146. commas (part four).

147. commas (part five).

148. commas in action.

149. some more commas in action.

150. comma matching contest.

151. the apostrophe.

152. more apostrophe situations.

153. working with apostrophes.

154. the colon.

155. the semicolon.

156. colons and semicolons in context.

157. quotation marks (part one).

158. quotation marks (part two).

159. quotation marks (part three).

160. italics, hyphens, and brackets.

161. parentheses, ellipsis marks, and dashes.

162. all sorts of punctuation problems.

163. All the punctuation is missing!

164. first capitalization list.

165. second capitalization list.

166. using capital letters.

167. capitalize these (part one).

168. capitalize these (part two).

169. challenging spelling words.

170. spell it right—and win the battle.

Section Four Show What You Know.

171. Where did all the letters go?

172. grammar and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

173. grammar, mechanics, and Alice in Wonderland.

174. phrases, clauses, and sentences found in ‘‘One Thousand Dollars’’.

175. find the mistake.

176. five questions in five minutes (parts of speech, prepositional phrases, and clauses).

177. five questions in five minutes (sentences and usage).

178. five questions in five minutes (mechanics).

179. five questions in five minutes (verbals and subject complements).

180. five questions in five minutes (confusing and sound-alike words).

Answer Key.

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JACK UMSTATTER, M.A., taught English for more than 30 years at both the middle school and high school levels. Selected Teacher of the Year several times, he is the best-selling author of numerous books, including 201 Ready-to-Use Word Games for the English Classroom, Brain Games!, Grammar Grabbers!, and Got Grammar?, all published by Jossey-Bass. Umstatter is a professional development workshop leader, training teachers and students across the nation on reading, writing, and poetry strategies.
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