Learning the essentials of grammar is straightforward with these books that have simple sentence structure, vocabulary, and readability so students can focus on the grammar concept rather than reading comprehension.
- Recognize and use correct grammar in speaking and writing
- Boost reading comprehension
Each book in this popular series has:
- clear explanations of the grammar concepts
- appealing one-page lessons with plenty of practice activities
- step-by-step progression in difficulty to build success and motivation
- a pretest/posttest
Each book targets a specific grammar skill. The books may be purchased as a 6-book set or individually. The 6-book set consists of:
Spotlight on Grammar Adjectives and Adverbs
Learn about the many kinds of adjectives, from those that tell what kind and how many to those used to compare things. Identify adverbs and use them to describe things and compare things. Use tricky adverbs like good, well, badly, and worst, appropriately.
Spotlight on Grammar Compound and Complex Sentences
Learn about noun-verb agreement and simple and compound subjects and predicates. Learn the purpose of coordinating conjunctions and how they function to connect sentences and phrases. Punctuate and write complex sentences and correct run-on sentences and sentence fragments.
Spotlight on Grammar Nouns
Know the various types of nouns and the capitalization rules for them. Become familiar with common, proper, concrete, abstract, compound, plural, and possessive nouns.
Spotlight on Grammar Pronouns
Understand and use possessive, reflexive, interrogative, demonstrative, relative, indefinite, subject, and object pronouns. Correctly use some of the more challenging pronouns like I and me, their and they're, its and it's, and your and you're.
Spotlight on Grammar Simple Sentences
Differentiate statements, commands, exclamations, and questions and punctuate them correctly. Identify simple and complete subjects and predicates, direct objects, and indirect objects.
Spotlight on Grammar Verbs
Understand and use the correct verb tense. Correctly use helping verbs, past participles, irregular verbs, linking verbs, contractions, and troublesome verb pairs like can/may and lie/lay.
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- In contrast to spoken language, written language is a more concrete, permanent modality for working on sentence structures (ASHA, 2001).
- Grammar instruction should be salient and functional for students to use these targeted forms in everyday conversations (Fey, Long, & Finestack, 2003).
- Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should scaffold their instruction of syntactic structures to help students express complex thoughts coherently (Nippold, Mansfield, & Billow, 2007).
- Children with language disorders often struggle with expository text and produce shorter and grammatically simpler sentences (Nippold, Mansfield, & Billow, 2007).
Spotlight on Grammar incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2001). Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists with respect to reading and writing in children and adolescents. Retrieved January 13, 2011, from www.asha.org/docs/pdf/GL2001-00062.pdf
Fey, M.E., Long, S.H., & Finestack, L.H. (2003). Ten principles of grammar facilitation for children with specific language impairments. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12, 3-15.
Nippold, M.A., Mansfield, T.C., & Billow, J.L. (2007). Peer conflict explanations in children, adolescents, and adults: Examining the development of complex syntax. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 179-188.