Parts of sentences (like direct objects and predicate nominatives) are stepping stones for phrases and clauses. Students need to understand their addition and multiplication facts. It helps us to develop frames of reference and to make associations. There are certain grammar concepts students need to know, and it’s just not practical for them to look up a list of prepositions every time they try to analyze or write a sentence.
Without those, it is difficult to learn more complex problems, such as those they experience in algebra. Consider this example: it is a fragment if they have memorized their subordinating conjunctions and understand dependent clauses. I do everything I can to avoid killing students’ love for learning. Worksheets, in moderation, are an important way to make that happen. If we keep grammar lessons at a basic level, we aren’t giving students what they need most: transfer learning.
Ask students to find their favorite sentence in the chapter or story.
Then, examine what grammatical elements the author used to create it.
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In my free time, I enjoy loving on my kids, deconstructing sentences, analyzing literature, making learning fun, working out, and drinking a good cup of coffee.Usually, this lesson takes place during class, but sometimes I create a flipped video for them to watch outside of class. Direct instruction is an effective way to lay a solid foundation and common understanding of a grammatical concept.Direct instruction is sometimes confused with isolation.Also, how does the grammatical structure of the sentence(s) impact the mood or tone?One of the biggest wins I’ve had with obtaining student buy-in when learning grammar is with building confidence.Mentor sentences are one way to study grammar in context, but not the only avenue.Try inductive learning approaches, and focus on the grammatical concepts you are teaching when conferring with writers.The most effective ways I’ve found to build confidence are by providing scaffolding and proving growth. If lessons are relevant and meaningful, there’s nothing even remotely skunk-like about it. Lauralee from Language Arts Classroom shares her thoughts on the grammar controversy and how we should confront the controversy.If students see that they have learned from point A to point B, they are more likely to own future lessons. An avid reader and writer, I've had the privilege of teaching English for over a decade and am now an instructional coach.I have experimented with many educational trends, mostly because I love trying new things. However, one bandwagon I’ve never jumped on is the one where we do away with all worksheets. I love making learning fun just as much as the next person, but I’ve seen the effectiveness of a scaffolded worksheet. Plus, there is no shortage of ways to make a worksheet interactive. Show them how playing with language makes an essay hook or clincher powerful.Compare and contrast grammatical rules for formal and informal writing.