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A big thank you to Jeff Anderson, author of Mechanically Inclined (our wiki's namesake) and Everday Editing. His books and trainings with the 4th and 5th grade teachers here in Arcadia have inspired many of us to change the way we teach grammar, mechanics and all of the writing skills our students need.



Character Development* for 5th graders using Lion's Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating it Too

Point & Counterpoint* for 5th graders using Hey, Little Ant


Chapter Two and a Half* for 5th grade using Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken

Paragraphing with dialogue* for 4th graders using And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon

Paragraphing* for 4th graders using The Giant Rat of Sumatra

Writing with Foreshadowing* for 4th grades using Class Two at the Zoo

Topic Sentences in Business Letters* for 5th grade students using With Love, Little Red Hen

Organizing a Biography* for 4th grade using Listen to the Wind


Sentence Smack Down two word sentences

Complete and Incomplete Sentences* for 4th grade using The Worst Best Friend

Complex Sentences* for 4th grade using non-fiction

Run-on Sentences A Power Point about identifying dependent and independent clauses

Vary Sentence Length* for 4th grade using Something to Tell the Grandcows

Keep Varying Sentence Length* for 5th graders using Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse

Using Transition Words* for 5th graders using Twilight Hunt

Using Lists* for 4th graders using Mirette on the High Wire (also listed under Punctuation/Commas)

Many of the lessons under the Commas section of Conventions, teach students to punctuate more complex sentence structures, which could also be viewed as a sentence fluency lesson


Writing with sounds* for 4th grade using Bedhead


Words other than said* for 4th graders using Halloweiner

Using words of the time period* for 4th graders using Mailing May

Fancy Words* for 3rd graders using Fancy Nancy Bonjour, Butterfly



Introduction to Prepositions* for 4th graders using Around the House the Fox Chased the Mouse

Prepositional Phrases A PowerPoint

Early Introduction to Prepositions for 3rd Graders using We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Introducing Double Negatives a PowerPoint

Past and present* tenses using What Could Be Better Than This for 4th graders

Staying on one tense for 4th and 5th grade

Basic Discovery for 5th grade

Introducing Superlatives for 4th grade using Pig Pigger Piggest

Me and My* for 3rd grade using Mercer Mayer books

Making Subjects and Verbs Agree for 4th grade using Bear Feels Sick

Subject Verb Agreement 1 for 5th grade using Our World

If I were _____ I would ______ exploring the future unreal conditional tense with 4th graders using If You Were A Penguin

If I were ___I would ___Part II exploring the future unreal conditional tense with 5th graders using Tiger



Appositives *(interrupters) for 4th and 5th grade using Princess Knight and Owl Moon

With Introductory Phrases* for 4th grade using When I Was Little

With Introductory and Concluding Phrases* for 5th graders using Just Another Ordinary Day

In Multiple Types of Complex Sentences* for 5th grade using I Wanna Iguana

Exploring Their Importance* for 5th graders using Eats, Shoots and Leaves

AAAWWUBBIS or subordinating conjunctions for 4th grade

Fan Boys or compound sentences for 4th grade

Using Lists* for 4th graders using Mirette on the High Wire (also listed under sentence fluency)


Introducing Colons* for 5th graders using Do Unto Otters

Quotation Marks* for 3rd graders using The Wheels on the School Bus

An Introduction to Quotation Marks in Direct Quotations* for 4th graders using Everywhere the Cow Says Moo

Discovering "other uses" for Quotation Marks* for 4th graders using Do Unto Otters

Introduction to Business Letters* using Thea's Tree

Possessive Apostrophes for 4th graders using Elephant's Story

Capitalization* for 3rd graders using Giraffes Can't Dance


Introduction to Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words* for 4th graders using Knight

Prefixes Suffixes Root Words* for 4th graders using Tyger! Tyger!


Setting up a Writer's notebook a PowerPoint

Pout-Pout Poetry* for 4th graders using The Pout-Pout Fish


Punctuation Take a Vacation* by Robin Pulver

Modeling Persuasive Writing ideal for 5th grade

Modeling Business Letter Format ideal for 5th grade


Bibliography lists all of the books used in lessons on the website

Grade Level Index see which lessons are appropriate for your grade level

Link to Jeff Anderson's website, author of Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing [1]

Any lesson with an * following the title of the lesson denotes that the lesson, all associated worksheets, and the book are included in the Mechanically Inclined Grab Bag at Baldwin Stocker and are available for Baldwin Stocker teachers to use.

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