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Spotlight on Grammar 6-Book Set
Ages: 8-11   Grades: 3-6         

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.

Outcomes

  • Recognize and use correct grammar in speaking and writing
  • Boost reading comprehension
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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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Components
6-Book Set: each book 40 pages, pretest/posttest, answer key
  • 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.

References

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.

Author(s)

Carolyn LoGiudice, Kate LaQuay

Biography

Carolyn LoGiudice, M.S., CCC-SLP, was a speech-language clinician in school, clinic, and private settings before joining LinguiSystems in 1984.  She has co-authored many materials with LinguiSystems, including The WORD Test 2, No-Glamour Vocabulary Cards, The Test of Semantic Skills (TOSS-P and TOSS-I), 100% Grammar, and 100% Punctuation.

Kate LaQuay, J.D., became part of LinguiSystems' extended family more than 20 years ago when her mother, Carolyn LoGiudice, joined the company.  Now a mother herself, Kate has co-authored several LinguiSystems products, including U.S. History A Reading Comprehension Book, U.S. Government A Reading Comprehension Game, and Spotlight on Vocabulary Levels 1 and 2.  Previously, she practiced law for six years in Los Angeles.

Introduction

By itself, "grammar" is not an engaging topic for students.  You won't hear them spontaneously discuss the function of an adjective vs. an adverb.  Students don't get excited about linking verbs.  Most adults outside the academic arena even shy away from grammar, especially now that our computers can check our grammar for reports or other writings.  Even so, effective speakers and writers need to understand and use grammar as a sharp tool to express their thoughts.  Grammar rules help us modify a message for a target audience.  We even break some rules on purpose to be more casual.

Some say the most practical reason to teach grammar in school is to help students score well on tests.  That practice, while pragmatic, ignores the lifelong benefits of solid grammar skills.  We make snap judgments when we meet people.  These impressions are based on communication style as much as appearance and background knowledge.  When all we know about someone is what that person has written, as in many emails, grammar and writing style are even more important.

How, then, do we entice students to master basic grammar well enough to apply it in their conversation and their writing?

  • First, teach the grammar concept or rule.  Highlight a specific grammar point.
  • Then, give your students practice, practice, practice.
  • Incorporate the grammar concept in both oral and written activities.
  • Spotlight the concept as your students encounter it in textbooks, Internet articles, school announcements, and classroom interaction.
  • Demonstrate both correct and incorrect use of the grammar concept.  Talk about the impact of the concept on a message's listener or reader.  Often a message is clearer when it is grammatically correct.  Incorrect grammar can also distract from the meaning or desired effect of a message.

The goals of Spotlight on Grammar are:  

  • to help students recognize and utilize correct grammar in their speaking and writing
  • to boost students' reading comprehension by understanding the role of grammar

All six books in Spotlight on Grammar concentrate on basic grammar concepts typically mastered by students in fifth grade.  Use the Pretest/Posttest to determine your students' specific strengths and weaknesses.  The activities within each book are sequenced by general complexity.  Sentence structure, vocabulary, and readability are kept simple to keep students' energies focused on the grammar concept vs. reading comprehension.

We hope Spotlight on Grammar series is a big hit with you and your students!

Carolyn and Kate