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Introduction

“Grammar Tools”: Helping Middle School Students Understand the Importance and Uses of Grammar
WithSean Ruday

This introductory chapter begins with an anecdote that contextualizes the book’s toolkit-oriented approach. Following that, the chapter discusses how grammatical concepts are important tools for effective writing, the importance of mentor texts to effective grammar instruction, the gradual release model of instruction, key elements of middle school writing instruction, what to expect in the rest of the book, including the Common Core Language Standards in Grades 6–8 that this book addresses, and a section called “What’s New” that describes the updates and features new to this second edition.