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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Every Punctuation Mark Matters: A Minilesson on Semicolons
    Students analyze stylistic choices and grammar use in authentic writing, focusing on the use of the semicolon in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language
    Flip-a-Chip
    The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Found Poems/Parallel Poems
    Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Grammar Alive!: A Guide for Teachers
    NCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar provides this much-needed resource for teachers who wonder what to do about grammar—how to teach it, how to apply it, how to learn what they themselves were never taught.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions
    Weaver examines the connection between a teacher's knowledge of grammar and students' growth in language skills as she provides specific examples of how teachers can put their knowledge of grammar to use without intimidating or overwhelming students.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Inside or Outside? A Minilesson on Quotation Marks and More
    Students often question whether a punctuation mark goes inside or outside the quotation marks, especially when writing dialogue. This lesson helps students identify the conventions and apply them to their text.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Polishing Preposition Skills through Poetry and Publication
    Students deepen and refine their understanding of prepositions by reading Ruth Heller's Behind the Mask. They write preposition poetry and create a study guide using an online tool.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Slipping, Sliding, Tumbling: Reinforcing Cause and Effect Through Diamante Poems
    Writing, revising, and publishing are just a few of the tasks students will complete in order to take their cause-and-effect diamante poems from an idea to a reality.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan
    The Magic of Three: Techniques for the Writer's Craft
    Students learn to use tricolons—a writer's technique of putting words and phrases into groups of threes—to add rhythm and power to their writing.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play
    What wonderful ways words work! The parts of speech are the highlight of this lesson in which students identify parts of speech in a nonsensical poem and then create their own wild and wacky rhymes.

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