Teaching grammar can be overwhelming, but we do not want you to feel lost with grammar lessons. Meeting language standards does not mean that you must sacrifice engagement or rigor.
We both teach grammar with a variety of activities. Each post provides a unique perspective on teaching grammar and meeting standards.
In her post, Melissa outlines five ways we can decide whether it is time to reteach or move on with grammar lessons. She outlines how our decision should begin with feeling confident that we have designed solid, differentiated grammar lessons through a variety of methods, including spiral review, direct instruction, and hands-on learning.
As students progress through grades, learning standards can help us determine students’ proficiency with grammar skills…and whether or not we need to continue working on a skill. Melissa believes in allowing students’ voices to help drive instruction. Find all FIVE tips to inform your decisions in her post.
Teaching grammar in context will allow you to meet standards and scaffold material for students. After providing direct instruction, move to engaging activities that allow students to practice the skills.
Then, apply the grammatical ideas to what students read and write. Mentor sentences illustrate to students that studying our language will bring a new depth to reading. Critiquing one’s own writing will also empower writers when they see their new tools applied to their writing.
No matter where you are in your journey of teaching grammar, we hope these posts gave you inspiration and hope.
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