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Developing Students’ Textual Intelligence through Grammar



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Burke Developing Students Textual Intelligence through Grammar Jim Burke page 56 Developing Students Textual Intelligence through Grammar I seem to learn the right things in the wrong places For instance I learned to teach by working in an emergency room There in that unlikely classroom I learned to listen in eight different directions while answering the phone and correcting the papers I collected during my student teaching classes that day These lessons served me well when I eventually entered the classroom where things were no less chaotic exciting or urgent Likewise I learned some of my most important lessons about writing and sentence structure by reading not a composition book but The Carpenter s Manifesto Ehrlich and Mannheimer In their chapter Structure they write Structure is the guts of carpentry It s the soul of your work the built in strength that withstands everyday stresses The concepts of structure are basic and relatively easy to grasp Once you understand them you ll be able to design and build more efficiently more economically And what you build will be strong and long lasting p 12 Central to their book is the premise of structure and design as ways of thinking Most carpentry projects may seem mysterious at first their structure and manner of construction a big unknown even to professional carpenters Our main goal is to communicate to you a way of thinking of seeing a method of approaching and solving carpentry problems p 8 And so while reading about carpentry I was learning about words for it is with words from which we make sentences the build ing blocks of focused well organized paragraphs that we create those larger written works To push my analogy a bit further I must understand the tools and materials with which I work if I am to be able to build anything strong and long lasting or more appropriately anything persuasive and interesting Moreover I must understand how words and sentences work in order to use them in my own writing but I must



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