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Fun Grammar and Mechanics by Janis Leach

There were many FABULOUS presenters, but Cathy Skubik answered my issue with mechanics.  I’m going to share her amazing and EASY ways to make mechanics more interactive and effective. The GENIUS part of this is it can work for any grade!!

She referred to Jeff Anderson a lot!  I haven’t read any of his books yet, but she is not the first to highly recommend him.

Students work on mechanics 10 minutes a day through a process you can repeat again and again for each skill or area of study.  It can fit in during Writer’s Workshop, as a morning warm-up, or as a stand alone.  

1.  Notice/Label  (1-2 days)
2.  Collect  (3-5 days)
3.  Imitate (1-5 days)
4.  Apply (1-5 days)
5.  Practie Forever (1-5 days)

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First of all, I can guarantee you that their textbooks didn’t have secret agent viruses, and they didn’t have horror stories. You know, in the communication of science there is this obsession with seriousness. It kills me. I’m not kidding. I used to work for an educational publisher, and as a writer, I was always told never to use stories or fun, engaging language, because then my work might not be viewed as “serious” and “scientific.” Right? I mean, because God forbid somebody have fun when they’re learning science. So we have this field of science that’s all about slime, and color changes. Check this out. And then we have, of course, as any good scientist has to have, explosions! But if a textbook seems too much fun, it’s somehow unscientific.

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