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



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

Jack Umstatter

ISBN: 978-0-470-60942-2 March 2010 Jossey-Bass 240 Pages


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.

How to Use this Book • xv

Section One Grammar • 1

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 • 29

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 • 145

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 • 177

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 188