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Chapter Three: Practical Application to the Classroom for Grammar and Syntax
Teachers who teach grammar in the context of students’ writing and speech (Weaver, 1996) build on the tradition of the early studies in rhetoric. When instruction applies directly to student writing, it helps them produce more effective pieces. Students need many opportunities for meaningful writing, and when they have produced a good piece of writing, they are motivated to edit it to ensure that the grammar and syntax are conventional. Students can also be shown how to enhance the rhetorical effects of their writing through careful organization and choice of examples.
An example from an elementary class shows how a teacher helped her ...