Message to Parents
Time for Better English
About this Book
Time for Better English Book 1 is the first in a series that introduces 'explicit teaching' for grammar, punctuation, spelling, the presentation of text types and writing scaffolds. Activities have been developed around the NAPLAN framework for reading along with specific aspects, directives, suggestions and guidelines from the National Curriculum.
The book will allow a student to develop a knowledge and understanding of grammar, conventions in punctuation, rules for spelling, writing skills and key elements of various text types.
Each unit introduces a topic using a text type. Activities for that unit are then developed around the topic. It is recommended that the teacher completes all activities in a unit, as each unit treats grammar, punctuation, spelling and writing around the subject of the text type. A teacher may choose to treat units in any order, but be mindful that the grammar and punctuation aspects build from unit to unit.
The topic of the text introduces the student to reading for understanding in a way similar to the NAPLAN testing program. As the student progresses through the units he or she becomes familiar with questioning about a text in this format.
In each unit, a definition, explanation and examples of grammar are presented for the student. Activities to practise the specific part of grammar are provided to help in the understanding and application of that grammar in his or her writing.
Different conventions for punctuation are also defined for the student. These are then followed by examples and activities for lessons in the book. As a student completes a unit, knowledge about the convention will build. This will then be reflected in the student's writing.
A variety of spelling rules and activities are introduced throughout the book. Words for each unit come from the text. Word building is also treated in some units.
The student is also encouraged to complete a writing activity in each unit. Writing scaffolds are presented to help the student construct meaningful texts for a specific purpose.
Using Time for Better English will help the student develop skills in English. With 'explicit teaching' and practice activities, the student will gain an understanding of language and its conventions. With that understanding, the student will develop confidence in using grammar, punctuation and spelling when creating written text.