Discipline: Professional Resources

Copyright: 2009

Grade(s): 6 - 9

Delivery Method: Print

Province: National

Imprint: Heinemann

Author(s): Chantal Francois, Elisa Zonana

Catching Up on Conventions: Grammar Lessons for Middle School Writers

Are Chantal Francois and Elisa Zonana’s students like yours? Economically, linguistically, and culturally diverse; excited to write; yet underprepared for the kinds of writing demanded in middle school and beyond? Don’t be daunted. Francois and Zonana found a solution, and in Catching Up on Conventions they share lessons that help kids quickly master Standard English grammar.

Catching Up on Conventions will make a difference in your writing workshop and in your middle schoolers’ lives. With Catching Up on Conventions and its annotated lesson plansyou’ll:

  • make key grammatical rules explicit and scaffold learning through highly structured, tightly focused lessons
  • strengthen students’ narrative and expository writing
  • give students specific tools for editing and revising
  • support code-switching between the language students use outside the classroom and Standard English.