The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar - Some Questions and Answers About Grammar. The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar Some Questions and Answers About Grammar Why is grammar important?
Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk about language. Grammar names the types of words and word groups that make up sentences not only in English but in any language. As human beings, we can put sentences together even as children--we can all do grammar. People associate grammar with errors and correctness. Is grammar included in the NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts? Four of the twelve standards call on the students' understanding of language and sentence structure: • Standard #3 refers to the range of strategies and abilities students should use to comprehend and appreciate texts, and among these is their understanding of sentence structure. I hear that teaching grammar doesn't help students to make fewer errors.
Teaching grammar will not make writing errors go away. Two suggestions: Introduction to Sentence Combining - Sentence Combining Exercises. This exercise will introduce you to sentence combining--that is, organizing sets of short, choppy sentences into longer, more effective ones.
However, the goal of sentence combining is not to produce longer sentences but rather to develop more effective sentences--and to help you become a more versatile writer. Sentence combining calls on you to experiment with different methods of putting words together. Because there are countless ways to build sentences, your goal is not to find the one "correct" combination but to consider different arrangements before you decide which one is the most effective.
An Example of Sentence Combining Let's consider an example. GrammarCheck.net – Free Online Grammar Checker. The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar - Tips for Teaching Grammar. Tips for Teaching Grammar Tips for Teaching Grammar is a selection of practical and effective strategies for teaching various aspects of grammar to students at different grade levels.
It is edited by Brock Haussamen and Pam Dykstra, and it draws on the writings, listserv discussions, and workshop presentations of many members of ATEG. We welcome your comments and also your own suggestions for new grammar Tips. Send them to either Brock Haussaman or to Pam Dykstra. General Grammatical Stories about Real World Writing, by Bonnie Devet Enriching Writing by Teaching Phrase Families, by Darryl Biship Verbs Verbs: Finding the Verb using Negation Verbs: Finding Verbs by Changing Tense Introducing the Passive Voice: Throwing Keys and Body Diagramming The Passive: Understanding the Function of Voice. Your Road to Better Grammar. Welcome to NoRedInk! Grammaropolis. EasyWriter. Teaching Grammar to Test-Takers Is Unlike Teaching It to Writers. List of Verbs. This list of verbs will help you understand verbs a little better.
For a more in-depth look at verbs, see the verb page. Quick Refresher Verbs are words that show action or state of being. There are three major categories of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs (also called auxiliary verbs). Let's check them out! As their name implies, action verbs show action. Keep in mind that action doesn't always mean movement. Talia thought about bears. In that example, the verb thought does not show movement, but it is still an action verb. There are many, many action verbs.
If you've checked out this site much, you know that I think sentence diagramming rules when it comes to teaching and learning grammar. Sentence diagramming is a way to visually show how all of the words in the sentence are related to each other. All verbs are diagrammed on a horizontal line after the subject. Cybrary Man's list. Image Grammar. HyperGrammar. Welcome to HyperGrammar electronic grammar course at the University of Ottawa's Writing Centre.
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A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. The YUNiversity. Grammar Bytes!