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Got Grammar? Ready-to-Use Lessons and Activities That Make Grammar Fun!

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9387-0
384 pages
September 2007, Jossey-Bass
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Got Grammar? is the comprehensive classroom guide.  Each of the over 60 lessons are ready-to-use and reproducible, and each begins with helpful teaching pages that define, explain, and illustrate grammar, usage, or mechanics concepts.   These lessons and the many ready-to-use student activities include 15 diagnostic tests, 15 section-review activities, 18 final tests, and over 100 other creative reinforcement activities, including diagramming.  As practical as it is fun-filled, the book is divided into six sections:
  •   Parts of Speech
  •   Parts of a Sentence
  •   Sentences
  •   Usage
  •   Mechanics
  •   Meeting the Tests Head-On


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Table of Contents

About This Book.

About the Author.



Standards Grid.


Section One: Parts of Speech.

Section Two: Parts of a Sentence.

Section Three: Sentences.

Section Four: Usage.

Section Five: Mechanics.

Section Six: Meeting the Tests Head-On.

Answer Key.


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Author Information

Jack Umstatter taught English at the junior high, middle school, and high school levels for more than thirty years. A three-time Teacher of the Year, Umstatter is the best-selling author of 15 books including Grammar Grabbers!, Hooked on English!, and English Brainstormers! He currently conducts both local and national teacher-training workshops in the areas of reading, writing, poetry, and curriculum.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Goes above and beyond Umstatter's best-selling Grammar Grabbers (30K units sold) by offering not only student games and activities, but also resources for the classroom teacher, including ready-to-use teaching strategies, lesson plans, and unit tests.
  • Teaches and reinforces grammar in a hands-on, non-intimidating, interesting, and fun way.
  • Saves teachers valuable time by providing ready-to-use lesson plans, teaching strategies, student activities, games, tests, and answer keys.
  • Prepares students for the standardized English exams they will take during their junior high, middle school, and high school careers.
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Professor Reviews

“Another winner, to be sure! Jack Umstatter’s Got Grammar continues the tradition that has marked the success of each of his previous books. His materials are teacher-accessible and student-friendly. The activities include that enviable combination to please everyone: the academic rigor, utility, and value prized by teachers, and the gaming, puzzle-solving and success experiences that students enjoy. Add in Umstatter’s entertaining sense of humor and Got Grammar is the classroom version of a tasty snack: pleasing, satisfying and good for you!” —Steve Bongiovi, English Department Chairperson, Seaford High School, Seaford, NY, and 2006 New York State Teacher of the Year

“Got Grammar, Jack Umstatter’s latest resource for busy teachers, is overflowing with clear and helpful resources for both teachers and students.  Teaching pages are clear and student practice pages are engaging and helpful. Each lesson includes a Writing Tip that links the lesson to its application in real writing – a masterstroke to help students see the relevance of the lesson. Teachers and students alike will appreciate the 'Meeting the Tests Head-On' section, which provides valuable feedback along with the correct answers.  Got Grammar is a must-have resource.” —Roberta Williams, retired Language Arts Coordinator, Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse City, Michigan; lead-trainer, Great Source Education.

" ... This is not a book to be consigned to the English classroom, as teachers who ask their students to express themselves in writing will be likely to turn to it to assist them in making all of our students proficient writers." —Thomas P. Dolan, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools, Franklin Square Public Schools, NY

“With this collection of practical lessons, activities, tips, and tests designed to make grammar an integral part of classroom activity, Umstatter provides an immense service to busy Language Arts teachers.  Because he is an experienced teacher himself, Umstatter’s work reflects the good judgment necessary for classroom success. Each section has a clear focus and all present activities designed to intrigue and motivate students while providing solid information in terms all students can easily understand. Umstatter clearly knows not just what teachers need, but what works with today’s students.” —Julia Thompson, author of First Year Teacher's Survival Guide

"With a variety of reproducible lessons, skills-based diagnostic and final tests, enjoyable activities, and helpful writing tips, Got Grammar? is the complete grammar resource book.  It is a vital resource for anyone teaching grammar." —Gary Robert Muschla, author of The Writing Teacher's Book of Lists and Writing Workshop Survival Kit

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