Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Teacher's Guide Grade 6
The comprehensive Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Grade 6 program provides the resources to help teachers teach and students master each of the Common Core Language Strand Standards. This full-year curriculum is one of five grade-level programs (grades 4-8) in the series. A detailed instructional scope and sequence and alignment documents create a unified instructional plan to teach the Language Strand Standards with fidelity and efficiency.
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Following are the grade 4 program components:
Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics (CCSS L.1,2)
Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) provides 56 interactive language conventions lessons, designed for twice-per-week direct instruction in the grade-level grammar, usage, and mechanics Standards. Each scripted lesson (perfect for the grammatically-challenged teacher) is formatted for classroom projection. Standards review, definitions and examples, practice and error analysis, simple sentence diagrams, mentor texts with writing applications, and formative assessments are woven into each 25-minute lesson. The instructional scope and sequence also integrates review and practice for each of the CCSS Language Progressive Skills.
Biweekly grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary unit tests require students to define, identify, and apply their knowledge of these Language Standards in the writing context. The accompanying student workbook includes an interactive worksheet for each language conventions lesson with the complete lesson text. Students take notes on and annotate the text, complete a practice section, fill out a simple sentence diagram, and use the mentor text to apply their knowledge of the grammar and usage concept. Students complete sentence dictations and then self-correct from the projected display.
Spelling (CCSS L.2)
Each grade-level program provides a comprehensive spelling curriculum with weekly spelling lists and spelling sorts based upon developmental spelling patterns. The instructional sequence is designed to review previously introduced spelling patterns and add new grade-level spelling patterns. Students create personal spelling lists to supplement these spelling patterns from spelling errors in their own writing and spelling resources found in the appendices. Syllable worksheets assist students in learning the skills of structural analysis. Students complete spelling pattern sorts for each weekly lesson in their student workbooks and self-correct from the projected display.
Knowledge of Language (CCSS L.3)
Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) has 56 language application openers to help students apply the L.1,2 Standards in the reading, writing, speaking, and listening contexts. These five-minute interactive lessons help students practice grammatical constructions, vary sentence patterns, and maintain a consistent voice and tone with precise and concise word choices. Students take margin notes on the lesson text and complete language application revisions on 56 language application worksheets in their accompanying student workbooks and then self-correct from the projected display.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use (CCSS L.4, 5, 6)
The student workbook includes two independent vocabulary worksheets per week to help students learn all of the grade-level vocabulary Standards: context clues, multiple meaning words, Greek and Latin word parts, figures of speech, word relationships, connotations, academic language, and denotations/dictionary skills. Vocabulary study cards are provided for each lesson.
Individualized Assessment-based Instruction
Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) also includes all of the resources for teachers to meet the diverse instructional needs of individual students. The writers of the Common Core State Standards recognize the need for both review and remediation, especially in the Language Strand. In fact, a critical component of these Standards is the Progressive Language Review. The Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) program has diagnostic grammar and usage, mechanics, and spelling assessments to determine the specific remedial needs of your students. The assessments are administered whole-class and mastery recording matrices allow the teacher to organize instructional materials and to monitor the progress of individual students at a glance.
Teachers want to teach the skills and concepts from previous grade-level Standards that their students have not yet mastered. However, many teachers abandon assessment-based instruction because they lack the instructional tools and management procedures. Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) provides those tools and procedures for efficient and effective remediation. Teachers individualize instruction according to the results of each diagnostic assessment with 63 grammar, usage, and mechanics worksheets and 64 spelling pattern worksheets. Students who fail to master the formative assessments in the language conventions lessons are assigned corresponding language worksheets. Each targeted worksheet includes definitions, examples, writing hints, a practice section and a short formative assessment. Students progress at their own rates to master previous grade-level Standards.
Appendices (CCSS L.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
The appendices in Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) contain a wealth of practical resources for both students and teachers. Language convention appendices include grammar, usage, and mechanics resources, proofreading strategies and practice, supplemental spelling word lists, spelling review games, and syllable worksheets. The vocabulary appendix provides review games, context clues practice, and vocabulary teaching resources.
The Teacher’s Guide and Training Videos
The teacher’s guide is user-friendly. Both veteran and new teachers will appreciate the scripted instructional directions and flexibility of the Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) program. Teachers are provided complete PDF files of the teacher’s guide, formatted for classroom projection and interactive instruction. The teacher’s guide includes classroom management plans for both grade-level and remedial instruction to maximize learning and minimize class time. Seven short training videos assist teachers to make full implementation of the program simple and successful. Teachers are granted license to upload all student worksheets and reference materials on class websites for easy access at home.
Order the teacher's guide from this website, via FAX (866-897-5386), or phone (888-565-1635). Purchase orders are always welcomed. Please add 10% shipping/handling for all purchase orders and include the emails of each purchasing teacher for the digital files. The print version includes a digital copy (PDF) of the entire program for classroom display and interactive practice.
The Student Workbook
Consumable student workbooks accompany and are necessary instructional components of the Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) program. The 196-page student workbook includes the full instructional text of each language conventions, spelling, language application, and vocabulary lesson with interactive practice and formative assessments.
Student workbooks are purchased one-per-student and are priced at $12.99 per print workbook (about the price of using your school copy machine) or $5.99 per digital copy (PDF) for a one-year license. Order student workbooks via FAX (866-897-5386) or phone (888-565-1635). Purchase orders are always welcomed. Minimum order of 20 print or digital workbooks. Please add 10% shipping/handling for all purchase orders.
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