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Code: SB053

Note!
 The Giggly Guide to Grammar now has its own web site!  Visit  http://gigglyguidetogrammar.com

 

The Giggly Guide to Grammar
(Student Edition)
by Cathy Campbell
280 pages

   $19.95

Shel Silverstein meets Strunk and White... and laughs!

Grammar has often been taught as the joyless process of memorizing rules, diagramming sentences and correcting fabricated errors, but most writers will tell you that grammar is much more than a set of rules or a list of commands. Grammar promotes a love of language--grammar is fun.

With the help of over 120 off-the-wall illustrations and gobs of goofy examples and exercises, this delightful book provides a lighthearted and ludicrous guide to the essential elements of language and grammar (not to mention a few writing tips tossed into the mix).  The results are both hilarious and instructive.

 Lessons include :

  • parts of speech
  • parts of the sentence
  • phrases and clauses
  • subject-verb agreement
  • pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • sentence types
  • fragments and run-ons
  • punctuation
  • commonly confused words

Cathy Campbell grew up in Midland, Texas, and received a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. After a short stint working at a small ad agency in Austin, she moved to The Woodlands, Texas, where she has been delighting her high school English students with her hilarious illustrated grammar lessons. The Giggly Guide to Grammar is her first book.

Samples of annotated
 "illustrated posters" from the book:


Code: COMBO-01


Note!
The Giggly Guide to Grammar now has its own web site!  Visit  http://gigglyguidetogrammar.com

The Giggly Guide to Grammar
Deluxe Teacher's Edition ( with CD )

by Cathy Campbell
280 pages

$29.95

 

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purchase a school site license

Call 1-800-613-8055 for pricing

 

 

Teaching Grammar can be FUN!

It’s Shel Silverstein meets Strunk and White and the results are both hilarious and instructive!  Most writers will tell you that grammar is much more than a set of rules or a list of commands. Grammar actually can promote a love of language -- grammar can be  fun, and fun to teach.

This unique primer, with over 120 delightful illustrations and gobs of goofy examples and exercises, provides a lighthearted and ludicrous guide to the essential elements of language and grammar (not to mention a few writing tips tossed into the mix). 

Cathy Campbell is the inspired artist-teacher every student remembers long after graduation.  Teachers will delight in the laugh-out-loud examples and thoroughly constructed exercises that will keep their students on the straight and narrow... and laughing all the way.

Lessons include :

  • parts of speech
  • parts of the sentence
  • phrases and clauses
  • subject-verb agreement
  • pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • sentence types
  • fragments and run-ons
  • punctuation
  • commonly confused words

Teacher's Guide Examples from the "lessons"
 portion of the CD:

Teacher's Guide Examples from the "illustrated posters"
and "writing pointers" portions of the CD:


         

Code: SB051

VOCABULARY UNPLUGGED
by Alana Morris
$25.00


  

VOCABULARY UNPLUGGED has been designated an
Official Sourcebook for the
 Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge

"Alana Morris's dynamic lesson plans engage students on multiple levels - and across a wide range of learning styles - by tapping into all of their senses. Revolutionary, indeed!"

Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director,
Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge

  

VOCABULARY UNPLUGGED'S goal as a book is to share neurocentric ways to unplug vocabulary and spelling instruction so that words are not merely memorized in the name of the most current curriculum, but rather truly learned and owned by students.  The goal is to have words actually permeate students speech as well as their writing. 

The strategies proffered in Vocabulary Unplugged are not bound to a specific age or grade level, as they draw on accepted knowledge of the brain, memory and learning, whether the learner is five, fifteen, or seventy-nine.

So, slip inside these pages and unplug the lists, the passivity, and the overhead. Get out of the dark classroom, and discover the energy that emerges from the thirty activities and variations herein as we plug in color, movement, poetry, history, music, and numerous other ways of exploring words within meaningful contexts.  The 30 brain-appropriate activities will revitalize your hope that ALL students can improve their vocabulary, reminding everyone that learning doesn't have to be banal, dull or without energy.

You will discover information and lessons on:

  • Helping students remember the words they learn

  • Using music to explore words

  • Guiding students success through meaningful instruction

  • Playing with Words to engage learning

  • Using movement to enhance vocabulary

  • Improving memory and vocabulary acquisition through color

  • Understanding the importance of history in vocabulary development

  • Harnessing the power of poetry to build word knowledge

  • Exploring patterns to create dynamic vocabulary lessons

  • Including context for assuring success in word study

                      And much more...

Steven Pinker (1994), cognitive psychologist and leading expert on language, says we begin using words around twelve months of age. Therefore, high school graduates, who have been at it for about seventeen years, must have been learning an average of ten new words a day continuously since their first birthdays, or about a new word every ninety waking minutes. He goes on to explain that preliterate children are lexical vacuum cleaners, learning a new word every two waking hours.

This means our student are already plugged in�having learned numerous words before they ever set foot in our classrooms.


What Teachers are saying about Alana Morris:

Awesome strategies! Classroom connections are endless! Activities are brain-based, interactive, and applicable to all levels!

Rhonda Clark
Teacher
Camey Elementary, Lewisville, Texas


..I was teaching one of Alana's vocabulary lessons that I called Vocabulary Charades not only did the students shine, but my administrator was very impressed with the (activity), which demonstrated the difficult vocabulary word.

-Linda Toner, Grade 5 teacher


 There's a strategy for everyone! All of my kids love doing The Syllable Squat, and you should have seen the parents giving it a try!

Marc Venegas
4th grade teacher
Alief ISD, Houston, Texas


Alana consulted in Round Rock I.S.D. several times and energized teachers in her research-based, hands-on workshops. Her interactive, engaging strategies have impacted student success in our district!

Gloria Amescua
Lead Curriculum Integration Specialist
Secondary Language Arts

Alana Morris has been an educator for 17 years and has taught all levels from elementary through high school.  She received her undergraduate degree in music from North Texas State University where she developed an intense interest in the science of learning and how to best reach the special interests and needs of every student.  Her background in music education served as the framework for her style and voice as a teacher, which carried over to her exploration and study of language arts and literacy.  She is currently the language arts program director in Aldine Independent School District for grades 5-8.  She actively serves on the state board of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, is the president of the North Harris County Council of Teachers of English, and is president-elect of C.R.E.S.T. (Coalition of Reading and English Supervisors of Texas).  Her own energy for learning and continued growth drives her ability to bring brain appropriate strategies to classrooms of all levels.

Code: DB008

 

 

 

More than Memorizing

an Alana Morris Seminar on DVD
includes Vocabulary Unplugged

  
 Spring Sale Price

$49.00

Revolutionizing Vocabulary Instruction Using the Mind-Body Connection
with author-teacher, Alana Morris
A full 2-hour seminar (running time 120 minutes)

MORE THAN MEMORIZING includes a copy of Vocabulary Unplugged, Ms. Morris’ outstanding best-selling professional book, which explains and utilizes the research basis for vocabulary study and teaching.

Master teacher Alana Morris illustrates how to teach vocabulary using multiple learning styles in ways that engage students of all grade levels. Taped during a workshop before a live audience in Dallas, Alana will show you how to make words come alive in the minds of your students. Your students will begin to own their new words, rather than just memorizing them for a test.

Ms. Morris has taught all levels of both elementary and secondary students and is currently a district-based language arts program director in the state of Texas. She is also president of C.R.E.S.T., the Coalition of Reading and English Supervisors of Texas.


Code: SB063

New!

Comma Quest

by Lesley Roessing

illustrated by
Miles Bodimeade

$15.00

Sale! 12.00

A Fun and Memorable Way to Teach 6 Comma rules
 
The sentence was getting too crowded, and Momma Comma needed to find a new place for her six offspring.

They followed the rules.

They found their sentences.

They formed their story. 

Meet Carl, Connie, Christie, Corey, and twins Cassie and Cathy, six extraordinary commas that embarked on their own personal quests. 

(songs for 6 comma rules sung by Comma Momma online to go with the text)


Code: Set-001

New!

Comma Quest
Classroom Set
(25 volumes)


by Lesley Roessing

illustrated by
Miles Bodimeade

A $375.00 value

Sale! 250.00

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