Breaking the rules

Breaking the rules

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Grammar doesn't have to be a stick-in-the-mud subject-stodgy, traditional, and rule bound. Open the pages of Ed Schuster's book and you'll find an energetic, untraditional, creative means of helping students become independent thinkers and more effective writers. Schuster acknowledges that there ARE bedrock rules of English syntax that should be honored, and offers lesson plans to show how these rules can be taught effectively, in ways that empower students and enable them to write with confidence, authority, and precision. He also examines the history of the other rules, the qmyth rulesq that are the legacy of traditional school grammar-taught for hundreds of years but infrequently followed outside of the classroom, as shown in numerous examples of the best contemporary writing. He devotes his book to better ways of teaching grammar, usage, writing, and punctuation by teaching the unbreakable rules in such a way that they stay taught debunking the qmyth rulesq that are commonly taught in class, but infrequently followed in practice trusting students' own intuitive sense of grammaticality appealing to the evidence of the work of his own and others' students and to the best contemporary writing. qOnly look and connectq is the guiding principle of Schuster's book. Look at the results of your teaching; look at the facts of language; look at practices of our best writers, both student and professional; look to see which rules really rule. Then connect what you discover to your teaching practice.Allow Free Use of I and You In most secondary schools in the United States, we concentrate on the teaching of transactional writing. ... Yet here is a glimpse into a New York eighth-grade classroom where the kids are preparing for state tests. ... The teachera#39;s comment: aquot;Stay away from I.aquot; And herea#39;s a statement from Andy Russell, a tenth grader from a good ... Analysis, Comparison and Contrast, Division and Classification, Cause and Effect, Persuasion and Argument, Essays foranbsp;...

Title:Breaking the rules
Author: Edgar Howard Schuster
Publisher:Heinemann Educational Books - 2003-02-13

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