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February 10, 2014
Dear Fellow Writing Teacher, Homeschool Mom or Parent,
Has Grammar become that dreaded subject
noone wants to tread on? Most students dislike grammar because it has
no relevance; it is a workbook with tons of exercises. How BORING is
Pamela White and IEW have produced a
fantastic grammar guide you can use to teach grammar rules in less
than 15 minutes a day . . . from an interesting perspective.
Ms. White has re-written classic
stories with embedded mistakes. It is your student's mission to find
& correct the mistakes. And believe me, kids like correcting other
people's mistakes a lot more than they want to correct their own. So,
set them on their mission of detecting all the errors in the stories.
But, I teach students at multi-age
levels! Can I still use Fix-It for all those grade levels?
Don't worry! Fix-It provides 5 stories
from grade 3 to 12. Each story is used for 32 week, 4 times a week.
In other words, you get 5
years worth of grammar in one book...really!
For each story, students rewrite a
sentence a day, 4 days/week, correcting as many of the embedded
grammatical errors as they can find. They also search for IEW
dress-ups and sentence openers. Beneath the incorrect sentences are
printed the corrections, and on the right column are listed the
explanations of grammar, including the definition for a bolded
In addition to the grammar rules in the
Appendix, to the right of each passage are the rules for those
sentences - so it's all spelled out - plus the vocabulary definition
(I figured teachers would be like me and appreciate having the
dictionary definition close at hand) and IEW style tools used.
As a BONUS,
you get an ebook that prints the student versions. Save yourself some
time typing the stories yourself.
What do you do with the BONUS Ebook?
Print the stories for your students'
use or reformat if you want. In other words
so you can use it for each of your kids' strengths or weaknesses.
Here's a great
idea you can use with your kids......
I love the ebook which has all the stories in a Word format. You
can put together a workbook for each of your kids. Include lines for
him to define his vocabulary words on one side of his workbook. On
the facing page he can write lines to correct the week's work. Take
it to a printer and for about $5.50 have a nice spiral bound Grammar
and Vocabulary book he can use all year.
BONUS is an Appendix with tons of extra helps so you
don't have to research lots of different books, guides or websites to
help your students write correctly. The appendices include:
Grammar & Mechanic Rules
Excellence in Writing Style
Techniques (Dress-Ups, Sentence Openers, Advanced Style)
Sample of Student Work
Index of Grammar Explanations in
Before publishing these stories, the
author (Pamela White) tested them with students 2 years now (her own
homeschooled children and students in homeschool co-ops and
tutorials). After 2 years, she has very positive results.
The kids have fun with the stories and
are eager to find out what happens, which makes learning the grammar
more enjoyable. She deliberately challenges the students with some
grammar they probably won't know, so she can use the stories as a
means of teaching concepts as well as reinforcing what they've already
I have used
these stories with elementary, junior high, and high school
students. The best thing about teaching grammar with this method
is the fun we all have. My students look forward to grammar
lessons - no, really! - and I look forward to teaching them.
These is something about working with a serial that piques our
interest and keeps us coming back for more.
Over the Christmas break, I had one
high school student email to ask if the tutorial class could
keep getting the sentences over the break because they wanted to
know what was going to happen to Sir Gawain next. The students
are always surprised with all they have painlessly learned when
we finish an end of the year grammar test.
With my own children, I have
noticed excellent carryover to standardized testing, where the
child is required to locate errors. I wish I had been taught
grammar with this method!
~Victoria T. Graham, M.S.,
Which students work Best with
I think it works well as a stand-alone
once students have learned parts of speech and basic sentence
structure (dependent and independent clauses, phrases), if the parent
or teacher takes the time to make sure students understand the rules,
which are listed beside the sentences.
Parents & teachers
get PLENTY of HELP with full explanations of the rules in
the BONUS Appendix.traditional
Generally, by the time students reach
high school, exercises in grammar don't translate well to their
writing. Grammar should come as much as possible from writing itself,
and IEW's style system is the best to helps with that. The Fix-Its
help you see what your students don't know. Fix-Its keep the
conversation about rules AND style techniques open. When you reiterate
through discussion, you help those rules sink in.
PLUS...the IEW grammar system also
aids your students in tackling standardized
tests like the SAT because the tests offer them incorrect
sentences which they must then fix.
This sounds alot like
Editor-in-Chief. What makes Fix-It better for my kids?
It's only a little like
Editor-in-Chief, which I used with my children for a few months.
Editor-in-Chief can be frustrating to homeschool moms & teachers. The
embedded errors aren't the kinds of things your children needed to be
working on. It seems too hit or miss, with not enough focus on the
Fix-It is different from Editor because
each of its 5 stories lasts a full year - so it's really
5 years of grammar
in one book. Written for different age groups from 3rd
grade to seniors, the stories allow students to rewrite 4 passages a
week for 33 weeks.
The first three stories have built-in
advanced concepts, identified in the explanations by an exclamation
mark, which allows even the easiest story to work well with many ages
and abilities. All of the stories are intended to be challenging;
teachers & moms should remind students that they won't find all the
errors. Some of the errors will be review for the students. Some allow
you to teach on the spot (and keep reinforcing through repetition of
the same rule) new concepts.
My son and
daughter have been using these stories for two years. They both
enjoy the witty content and the painless way grammar concepts
are introduced and reviewed. I have seen them develop the
ability to apply the concepts in their own writing.
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Table of Contents
Introduction The Stories and Recommended Levels
Should I Also Teach A Formal Grammar Program?
Reinforcing Grammar through Writing: Grammar Corrections
Sample Grammar Corrections from High School Papers
Tom Sawyer Introduction
Chapter 1: Subjects, Verbs, Indentation and Sentence Opener #1
Chapter 2: Quality Adjectives, "ly" Adverbs, and Sentence Opener #3
Chapter 3: Prepositional Sentence Opener and Strong Verbs
Chapter 4: Capitalization and Adverb Clauses
Chapter 5: Quotation Marks and End Marks
Chapter 6: Who/Which Clauses
Chapter 7: Commas
Chapter 8: Apostrophes
Chapter 9: V.S.S. and Commonly Misused Words
Chapter 10: Agreement
Frog Prince, or Just
Frog Prince Fix-Its
The Little Mermaid Introduction
The King and the
Discommodious Pea Introduction
King and Pea Fix-Its
Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight Introduction
Quit Making It
Hard on your students...
Let Your Students ENJOY Grammar & Writing by putting them on a
mission to find all of the mistakes in a few short sentences!
stories, I have seen my daughter not only grasping the tenets of
grammar, but immediately putting them in practice her own
writing, while having tons of fun..
If you desire your child to learn
grammar and retain it, Fix-It! is what you need. Your child will
own the grammar rules by constant repetition while truly
enjoying the ride.
Your Students a REAL Reason for Learning Grammar. When you use
Fix-It, your kids will see grammar-in-action. They will see the
reason you must learn about grammar, punctuation and vocabulary
TIME and SPEND MORE TIME with
your FAMILY by using
these editing lessons that work! And your kids will learn a new
vocabulary word every day!
To summarize, Fix-It! Grammar and
Editing with the Classics contains 5 stories for 5 different age
groups, each one to be used over the course of a year: an abridged
version of Tom Sawyer, two humorous takeoffs on classic fairy tales,
an abridged version of Andersen's The Little Mermaid, and an abridged,
translated version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Grade levels
range from 3rd to 12th grade.
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