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Citation: Anderson, Jeff. (2005). Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.


Title: Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop
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Year: 2005
Publisher: Stenhouse
City: Portland, ME
Medium: Book
Author(s): Anderson, Jeff
Grades: Fourth Grade to Eighth Grade
Category: Teaching Punctuation Teaching Grammar
Annotation: In this research-rich and lesson-filled text, Jeff Anderson tackles the challenge of how to make the teaching of grammar and mechanics both compelling and meaningful to students. Rather than seeing the teaching of grammar and mechanics as “an either/or” to writers’ workshop, he integrates lessons about process, product, skills and conventions so that students can learn how to write with vitality and clarity. Jeff models and encourages students with short bursts of daily instructional practice as he advocates teaching grammar and mechanics in context. You can help your students “try on” lessons about mechanics in their writer’s notebooks, analyze mentor texts to determine how authors use conventions to convey their messages, and experiment with “express-lane edits,” all of which take the pressure off students to be “right,” while still providing meaningful laboratories for learning about grammar and mechanics. "Mechanically Inclined" includes inviting activities such as “Sentence Smack Downs!” and “Register Swap, Absolute Zoom Lens” to give students short and fun, yet rigorous exercise in using conventions correctly. Understanding the vast curricula on teachers’ shoulders, Jeff weaves in definitions to clarify all those “English- teacher terms” that can sometimes cause a bit of confusion. The appendix is a gold mine of resources full of forms and tools for intermediate and middle school teachers.