Sticky Grammar

Activities that Build Permanence

Students who are engaged are students who are learning!

We must push ourselves and our students to stretch for the higher levels of Bloom's when we are designing grammar lessons.

Why DON'T they get it?

"If struggling readers need to see a word forty times to learn it (Beers 2002), then I’ll make a leap and say students need to see grammar and mechanics rules highlighted in different contexts at least as many times to own them."

- Jeff Anderson

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Ji Lee's Words as Images...

This is a noun worksheet. It simply asks the students to identify.
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In his book, Word as Image, Ji Lee challenges us to look at words differently, asking us to create something new...

Don and Jenny Kilgallon "Story Grammar"

Mentor texts provide an excellent opportunity to imitate grammar that has literary merit and supports beautiful writing.
  • Subjects
  • Predicates
  • Tools (words, phrases, clauses)

Harry Noden's "Brush Strokes"

From Image Grammar

  • Participle
  • Absolute
  • Action Verb
  • Adjective out of Order
  • Appositive

Gretchen Bernabei "Grammar Keepers"

  • Grammar proofs
  • Application to personal writing
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Find inspiration in published works...

  • "Harry now carried a cage that held a beautiful snowy owl, asleep with her head under her wing." ~Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling
  • “My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.” ~Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • “Moonlight falls on the frozen carousel, on the silent popcorn stand, on the stall of leather belts that smell like long-gone cows.”~The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Teach revision and editing as "Sentence Stretching"

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