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Grammar for Middle School

A Sentence-Composing Approach--A Student Worktext

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

ISBN 978-0-325-00956-8 / 0-325-00956-2 / 2006 / 120pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: 6th - 8th
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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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Imitating the Grammar of the Greats
Using the Sentence-Composing Toolbox
Creating Good Writing

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To: Don and Jenny Killgallon
From: Mark Phillips, grade 8 Language Arts/Reading teacher

I absolutely appreciate your collections of wonderful sentences and the way of breaking them into chunks. With the Common Core looming large, I will be trying to work in a lot of nonfiction sentences as well as the fiction sentences.

I also like the terminology based upon function that you use to refer to sentence parts.  It serves as a great replacement for the jargon that often confuses and frustrates students.

I have created a weekly activity, based upon your work and some of the work of Jeff Anderson, which I call "Monday's Model."  At first, I used to just ask students to imitate the sentences, but I found that my eighth graders struggled to accurately imitate the sentences until I visibly broke them into chunks and had students try to create similar chunks.

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