Getting It Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness

Decades of research lead to one inescapable conclusion: The old ways of teaching grammar, usage, and correctness just aren't working. If grammar drills, traditional usage exercises, and vigilant error-marking don't make students better writers, what does? In Getting It Right, literacy experts and longtime classroom teachers Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm provide important principles, fresh perspectives, and engaging methods for teaching grammar and usage in the context of students' own writing. Wilhelm and Smith offer detailed advice about how to determine which terms students need to know, what errors to focus on, how to analyze the causes of those errors, and how to teach deeply through activities that help students inquire into the effects of language use and understand that what they're learning matters in the here and now. The book abounds with strategies, examples, lessons, and frameworks for thinking.