Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics High School
Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics High School is a full-year digital and printable program with plenty of remedial practice to help your students catch up while they keep up with grade-level standards. The resources feature 64, twice-per-week, 30-minute lessons to help you teach both mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, quotations, etc.) and grammar and usage skills and concepts. Plus, remedial worksheets (each with a formative assessment) target skill deficits determined by the diagnostic assessment in self-correcting Google forms or print.
This no-prep and minimal-correction program has been designed for both in-class and distance learning with printable PDFs and Google slides, forms, and sheets. As the Burger King commercial says, “Have it your way.”
How to teach the program:
1. Administer the diagnostic assessment to determine mastery of previous grade-level standards (Google forms with Google sheets recording matrix or PDFs).
2. Use the lesson display in the teacher’s guide (PDFs) to teach the paired mechanics and grammar lessons in-class or via Zoom, etc. The first eight lessons are a review "boot camp" with parts of speech and conventional spelling rules. The rest of the lessons are grade-level standards.
Lessons are set up as Cornell Notes. Your teacher's guide has all the notes to make you the expert. Your students type the examples you give them on their Google slides or print copy of the lesson.
3. Students complete and self-correct the guided practice, slide activities, simple sentence diagram, mentor text, writing applications, and sentence dictation formative assessments (Google slides and PDFs)
4. Assign additional remedial practice if needed to all or some students (Google slides and PDFs).
5. After completing four of the lessons, administer the biweekly unit test (Google forms). Administer the final exam at the end of the year (Google forms with Google sheets recording matrix).
The Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics program features a secret agent theme in the Google slides with drag and drop activities, type-in-the-box practice, audio files, and problem-solving (secret codes and such). The theme is engaging, but the learning tasks are rigorous.
Instructional Sequence (Grade-level CCSS Anchor Standards for Language and Language Strand Progressive Skills Review)
- The before Spelling Rule and Proper Nouns Review
- The Final y Spelling Rule and Common Nouns Review
- The Silent Spelling Rule and Pronouns Review
- The Double the Consonant Spelling Rule and Adjectives Review
- The Ending “an” or “en” Spelling Rule and Verbs Review
- The “able” or “ible” Spelling Rule and Adverbs Review
- The Ending “ion” Spelling Rule and Conjunctions Review
- The Plurals Spelling Rule and Prepositions Review
- Proper Nouns and Common Nouns and Periods in Latin Expressions
- Personal Pronouns and Periods in Names, Abbreviations, and Acronyms
- Subject (Nominative) Case Pronouns and Periods in Indirect Questions and Intentional Fragments
- Object Case Pronouns and Periods in Decimal Outlines
- Possessive Case Pronouns and Semicolons with Conjunctions
- Adjectives and Apostrophes for Singular Possessive Nouns
- Verbs *Subject-Verb Agreement and Apostrophes for Plural Possessive Nouns
- Adverbs and Apostrophes for Apostrophes for Possessive Compound Nouns and Possessive Subjects and Objects
- Coordinating Conjunctions and Apostrophes in Contractions
- Correlative Conjunctions and Commas for Geographical Places
- Subordinating Conjunctions and Commas for Dates
- Prepositions and Commas for Letters
- Subjects and Predicates and Commas in Addresses
- Direct and Indirect Objects and Commas for Names
- Phrases and Clauses and Commas between Adjectives
- *Complete Sentences, Fragments, and Run-ons and Commas for Tag Questions
- Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences and Commas for Direct Speech
- Types of Sentences and Commas in a Series
- *Noun Phrases and Commas after Introductory Words and Phrases
- *Noun Clauses and after Introductory Clauses
- Gerunds and Commas and Quotation Marks with Speaker Tags
- Gerund Phrases and Commas before Conjunctions in Compound Sentences
- Reflexive, Intensive, and Reciprocal Pronouns and Commas in Complex Sentences
- Indefinite Pronouns and Commas with Parenthetical Expressions
- *Pronoun Antecedents and Commas with Coordinate Adjectives
- *Pronoun Number and Person Shifts and Commas with Hierarchical Adjectives
- Demonstrative Pronouns and *Vague Pronoun References and Commas with Appositives
- Nonrestrictive *Adjective Clauses and Relative Pronouns and Punctuation in Restrictive Clauses
- Restrictive *Adjective Clauses and Relative Pronouns and Punctuation with Relative Pronouns
- Predicate Adjectives and *Adjectival Phrases and Dialogue and Direct Quotations
- Past Participles and Punctuation of Direct Quotations
- Past Participial Phrases and Ellipses
- Present Participles and Quotations within Quotations
- Present Participial Phrases and Punctuation of Non-standard Usage Quotations
- Comparative Modifiers and In-text Citations and Indirect Quotations
- Superlative Modifiers and MLA Works Cited Page
- *Misplaced Modifiers and Italics and Underlining: Book, Website, Newspaper, and Magazine Titles
- *Dangling Modifiers and Italics and Underlining: Play, Television Show, Movie, and Works of Art Titles
- *Squinting Modifiers and Quotation Marks: Song, Poem, and Book Titles
- *Verb Phrases and Quotation Marks: Newspaper, Magazine, and Blog Article Titles
- *Shifts in Verb Tense and Quotation Marks: Short Story and Document Titles
- Progressive Verb Forms and Capitalization of Named People, Places, Things, and Products
- Perfect Verb Forms and Capitalization of Titles
- Infinitives and Capitalization of Holidays and Dates
- Indicative Mood and Capitalization Special Events and Historical Periods
- Imperative Mood and Capitalization Organizations and Businesses
- Interrogative Mood and Capitalization of Languages and People Groups
- Conditional Mood and Question Marks
- Subjunctive Mood and Exclamation Points
- Verb Voice and Mood Shifts and Colons to Introduce Long Direct Quotations
- Subordinating Conjunctions and *Adverbial Clauses and Parentheses
- Relative Adverbs and *Adverbial Clauses and Dashes
- Adverb Order and Brackets
- *Non-standard English Deletions and Hyphens
- *Non-standard English Additions and Slashes
- *Non-standard English Substitutions and Numbers
*Denotes Progressive Language Skill.
No other grammar and mechanics curriculum matches the comprehensive resources of Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics (High School). You can teach rigorous grade-level standards and also individualize instruction.
Pennington Publishing also provides Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics programs. Additionally, teachers can save time grading and provide better writing feedback with the author's e-Comments Chrome Extension. This app includes hundreds of canned writing comments with the same language of instruction as Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics and the companion program, Teaching Essay Strategies. Now, that's a seamless connection to teach and practice grammar and mechanics in the writing context!
The e-Comments program includes four insertable comment banks (Grades 3‒6, Grades 6‒9, Grades 9‒12, and College/Workplace) feature writing format and citations, essay and story structure, essay and story content analysis, sentence formation and writing style, word choice, grammar, and mechanics.
When you open a student's doc or slide, the e-Comments menu pops-up in the right margin. Simply highlight a writing issue in the student's text and click on a comment button. The comment automatically appears in the margin next to the student's text.
Would all my students need this program? No, just the teacher. The e-Comments program syncs to multiple devices and saves to the cloud.
Can I edit these e-comments? Yes, they are customizable.
Can I add, format, and save my own custom writing comments and add my own writing categories for different classes and assignments to the e-Comment menu? Yes.
Can I record audio comments? Yes.
Can I record video comments? Yes, just make sure your hair isn’t out of place.
Can I use speech to text? Yes, save time typing personalized comment additions.
Will the program work in Google Classroom? Yes.
Do I have to pay each month or each year for the license? No, it's a low, one-time fee for full access. Purchase an individual or group license.
I'm not tech proficient. Is e-Comments easy to use? Yes. The one-page Quick Start User Guide and video tutorial will get you grading or editing in just minutes. No time-consuming and complicated multiple clicks, dropdown menus, or comment codes. This program is intuitive and user-friendly.
Buy your grade-level Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics program now, and then navigate to the Chrome Web Store to purchase or add the free trial of the e-Comments Chrome Extension.
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