Common Core Grammar ToolKit

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Title: The Common Core Grammar Toolkit  
Author: Sean Ruday 
Publisher: Routledge 
Publication Date: January, 2013 
Genre/Format: Non-Fiction/Professional  
GoodReads Summary: Teaching grammar for the Common Core can be easy! This comprehensive guide helps you show students how grammar rules are simply tools that will help them become better writers and enjoy the writing process. Get step-by-step recommendations for teaching each of the grammar tools, plus classroom snapshots that show you the tools in action, and an appendix of handy, use-now reproducibles.
What I Think: Yes, this book has the word "grammar" in the title but no, this book is not about copying over ten sentences and correctly inserting commas. This book is about using mentor texts as models to study and imitate and carry over into writing for students in grades 3 to 5 with a focus on the language standards in the Common Core Standards for those grade levels. Sean offers practical ideas and real-teaching examples of how to integrate mentor texts into looking closely at writing. Below are just some of the mentor texts Sean highlights in The Common Core Grammar Toolkit but you can definitely use books from your own classroom library and have students find examples of different grammatical concepts. Sean does reference Jeff Anderson's book, Mechanically Inclined, which I recommend as the place to start when it comes to mentor texts and writing.
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