❖ The Constructivists’ approach to grammar involves teaching grammar in context.This simply means that grammar is taught using the students’ own writing as models.
❖ The constructivists’ approach helps students understand that evaluating grammar in their writing is a part of the revision process.
❖ Instructors using the constructivist’s approach teach grammar using one or a combination of the following methods:
Peer group activities
❖ Mini-lessons are “teaching moments” inspired by student work. They are designed to be brief .(5-10 minutes)
❖ They address student writing needs in context as they arise.
❖ This technique provides students with additional opportunities to discuss their own writing as well as the writing of their peers.
❖ A Grammar Journal is a notebook in which students keep records of sentences they have written that contain grammatical errors.
❖ Sentences are obtained from student work submitted to instructors. (Teachers can guide students to these errors without correcting them by placing a dot in the margin where the error occurs.)
❖ After identifying the errors themselves, students then copy problematic sentences in their journals and rewrite the sentences, making alternative stylistic choices to improve each sentence.
❖ To take full advantage of their choices, students can rewrite their improved sentences several different ways.
❖ Students who do not have significant grammar problems can use the Grammar Journals to recognize their range of stylistic choices.
❖ During one-on-one conferences, instructors may...