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How do you incorporate grammar into the ELA curriculum? The sixth grade common core mainly focuses on pronouns in the language section, I'm struggling to figure out what I am going to do with a workbook full of grammar exercises when all I'm really going to focus on is pronouns for language.

Sep 2, 2013 1:57pm

This is my first year teaching ELA.

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 5, 2013 7:38pm

      What kind of workbooks are they? Grammar skills? Writing process?

      Can you use the workbooks for 10-15 minute mini-lessons to introduce the grammar focus for writing?

      Or as a center during Writer's Workshop? For students who are having trouble with the grammar focus?

      • Sep 5, 2013 3:46am

        I totally agree with Angelle. I teach grammar when we focus on the trait of language conventions. Focused revisions focusing on pronouns will be more valuable to students than worksheets. (:


        • Sep 5, 2013 4:53am

          Thank you for your responses! That is a great idea of doing grammar lessons through a writer's workshop.

          My other concern (which sounds awful, I know!) is that the school has ordered these workbooks (there are 3 of them). The administration really harps on using the workbooks to completion. I worried that I will be "in trouble" for not using them.

          I already plan to use trade books instead of readers; I almost doing it in secret so I don't get reprimanded.

          Any suggestions?