1. Grammar Spotlights:
model, practice, reinforce
In each issue, explore a specific grammar concept using our Lazy Editor activity and online reinforcement activities, and within the context of a Scope feature article. Each grammar spotlight appears in your Teacher’s Guide with step-by-step instructions.
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2013-2014 Calendar of Grammar Spotlights
September: fragments • October: quoting and paraphrasing • November: pronoun ambiguity and agreement • December: consistent verb tense • January: varying sentence structure with clauses, compound sentences, and more • February: modifiers • March: parallel structure • April: choosing words and phrases for effect • May: restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses
2. The Lazy Editor: editing and revision
In this popular activity, we present a short and fascinating nonfiction text that is riddled with three to five types of common middle school errors—from pronoun agreement to repetitive sentence structures. For each type of error, we provide a follow-up activity sheet online for students who need extra practice.
Click here to see a sample Lazy Editor from the September issue »
3. Commonly Confused Words
This delightful grammar activity is a great way to help your students practice using words they often confuse—imply and infer; accept and except; number and amount. This activity appears at the beginning of every issue and can be done in groups or as a class in as little as five minutes. Great for time-strapped teachers!
Click here to see a sample from the September issue »