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Grammar for Middle School

A Sentence-Composing Approach--A Student Worktext

By Don Killgallon, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Jenny Killgallon, Maryvale Preparatory School, Maryland

Don and Jenny Killgallon’s sentence-composing approach has transformed how writing is taught in thousands of language arts classes, helping students all across America become more proficient, sophisticated writers. Now the Killgallons use their highly effective method for a unique, powerful textbook that links good writing to that perennially difficult-to-teach subject—grammar.

Grammar for Middle School: A Sentence-Composing Approach gives your students the chance to absorb and replicate the grammatical structures used by some of the best writers of our times. Included among the over 150 authors, Read More


Don and Jenny Killgallon’s sentence-composing approach has transformed how writing is taught in thousands of language arts classes, helping students all across America become more proficient, sophisticated writers. Now the Killgallons use their highly effective method for a unique, powerful textbook that links good writing to that perennially difficult-to-teach subject—grammar.

Grammar for Middle School: A Sentence-Composing Approach gives your students the chance to absorb and replicate the grammatical structures used by some of the best writers of our times. Included among the over 150 authors, 200 titles, and 400 model sentences in Grammar for Middle School are award-winning young-adult literature such as Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming, popular favorites like J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and curricular staples such as John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony and The Pearl.

Fourteen grammatical structures are developed in the same predictable, understandable manner, using the sentence-composing approach. When students first encounter a tool, it is clearly defined and characterized. Then it’s practiced through five activities: matching, unscrambling, combining, imitating, and expanding. Finally, a creative writing activity immerses students in the composition or revision of a paragraph through independent use of the sentence–composing tools they have already learned. Best of all, after each section, review activities—which can be easily graded as unit or final tests—offer opportunities for students to bring it all together and build better sentences.

An online teacher’s guide accompanies Grammar for Middle School and includes advice, tips, resources, answer keys, and even curricular plans for teachers who are either new to the Killgallon approach or sentence-composing veterans.

No one can forge the link between grammar and writing like Don and Jenny Killgallon. Discover for yourself or rediscover how powerful the sentence–composing approach can be, and watch as your students get grammar like never before—and write better sentences too.

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ISBN 978-0-325-00956-8 / 0-325-00956-2 / 2006 / 120pp / Paperback
Grade Level: 6th - 8th
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Contents

Imitating the Grammar of the Greats
Using the Sentence-Composing Toolbox
–Words
–Phrases
–Clauses
Creating Good Writing

Samples

Companion Resources

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Reviews


"I tried out the sentence composing approach in my classroom, and I quickly noticed that the most valuable aspect of using this approach is the sense of play that it instilled. It is hard for students to abandon the urge to try to be “right” all the time (especially with grammar instruction), and I sometimes find it difficult to get students to experiment with their writing. Having the model sentences as a scaffold freed up students’ thinking and made them willing to play with words and experiment with sentence structure. Students were actually able to laugh at their mistakes, which is invaluable."

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Jenny Ovadia for MiddleWeb