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Grammar Rules Project:
A Day in the Life of Teaching
Grammar
Introduction
As you know there is an increasing pressure from
the government for students to become proficient
in areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Your teachers have been called upon to teach you
grammar basics in order for students to score
proficient in the area of writing. This is a huge
problem because students who do not achieve
proficiency on standardized tests may not pass
middle school, and funding may be lost for the
schools. This funding supports athletics, electives,
and extra-curricular activities. The other main
problem teachers are facing is that students find
grammar extremely boring. This is where your
teacher needs your help!
Your task is to…
2. Create a
1. Develop a list
lesson on one
of the 10 most
AND grammar rule
essential
you can teach
grammar rules
that you feel is
that you can give
most important
to your fellow
to becoming a
classmates as a
proficient
quick reference
writer.
guide.
Rationale:
Your Language Arts teacher, Dr.
Turner, is asking for your help in
this area because you know what
interests students your age. She
knows that you can turn a boring
grammar rule into something that
your classmates can understand and
remember by making that grammar
rule interesting and exciting!
Resources
Your teacher has provided you with resources to help
you accomplish this task. There are links that can be
found on the RCMS webpage that will take you to
grammar sites, grammar videos, and grammar games
designed to help you become experts on grammar
rules. Take a minute to look through the links. Then
you will need to assemble a team to help you tackle the
task of teaching your class one major grammar rule.
Start by going here:
http://reedycreekms.wcpss.net/
Then click here & find your teacher’s name:
http://rcms6grade.wordpress.com/
Procedures
1. Compile a list of 10 important grammar
rules. Your list must be annotated which
means that you need to include the
definition of the rule, a correct and
incorrect example of the rule, and the
web address of the site that you found
your rule.
2. Visit Dr. Turner’s website regularly to
view and take notes on the grammar
videos linked there.
3. Complete the reinforcement exercises
related to each rule. See your teacher
and the links provided to websites for
these exercises on Dr. Turner’s webpage.
Procedures
4. Decide as a group on a first choice and a
second choice rule that you feel everyone in
the class needs to know. After you've
decided on a rule, present your choice(s) to
your teacher for approval. Since every group
must pick a unique rule, you may not get your
first choice.
5. Create a lesson plan for how you are going to
teach your grammar rule to the class. Please
see the your teacher and the links provided
to websites for lesson plan examples.
6. Finally, practice your presentation as a group.
Make sure everyone is clear on what their
part is and remember everyone needs equal
speaking time.
Presentation
When designing your lesson for the class, you
will have to decide how you want to present it
to your fellow students. Studies suggest that
students feel more motivated when some
form of digital application and auditory
technology is involved. As a group, you will
decide how best to present your lesson. You
may use PowerPoint, Glogster, Prezi,
PhotoStory, etc. However, since you are
our expert teacher in this area, your
teacher is open to creative presentation
techniques involving technology. Just run your
ideas by your teacher for feedback.
How Will You Be Graded?
• Your annotated list of grammar rules--Is
it complete and comprehensive?
• Your completed online grammar exercises
& worksheets showing your mastery of
your 10 grammar rules.
• Your overall lesson/presentation on your
grammar rule to the class--Were you
clear, well rehearsed, prepared? Were
handouts included? What was the effect
of the presentation? Use the link below to
download the PDF Presentation Rubric to
evaluate your group's presentation.
Presentation Rubric
How Will You Be Graded?
• How well you worked as a group--Did you
make decisions fairly and with everyone’s
input? Did everyone have an equal part? Was
everyone included, and did everyone feel
welcomed as a valuable member of the
group? Download the link below to access a
rubric that you can use to evaluate individual
student effort in a collaborative group.
Collaborative Work Skills Rubric
• You will also be asked to complete a selfevaluation of your work. Click on the Self
Evaluation link here to complete your self
evaluation after your presentation is
complete.
Closure/Feedback
Finally, you will be asked to give your feedback on
this project. Suggestions/Critiques are welcomed
at this stage.
Sources
Kristina Roys, Samantha McLeod, and
Koreen Gonzales
http://imet.csus.edu/imet5/koreen/imets
ites/282/student/index.htm

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