Painting with Parts of Speech
In our ever visual society, images and grammar prove a powerful pair. From upper elementary to higher education, students benefit when we expand their options as writers by teaching them to “paint” images with grammatical structures. Improve student writing and encourage and enhance revision with this practical approach to Harry Noden’s “brush strokes”—adjectives out of order, appositives, participles, absolutes, and action verbs. Use manipulatives, models, and picture prompts to scaffold students through a sequence of strategies developed based on pedagogical recommendations from experts such as Don and Jenny Killgallon, Constance Weaver, and Jim Burke.