1. Beginning and Ending Punctuation
3. The Parts of Speech
4. The Sentence and the Fragment
5. Subject, Verb, and Object Forms
6. Verb Tense
7. Punctuating Dialogue
8. Rules and Uses for Commas
9. The Apostrophe & The Dash
10. The Semicolon and the Colon
Suggested Reading and Resources:
· Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynn Truss
· The Power of Grammar by Mary Ehrenworth
· The Elements of Style by E.B White and William Shrunk
· Sentence Composing for Middle School by Don Killgallon
· Discovering Voice by Nancy Dean
When it comes to writing kids need to care about what they are saying. They need to feel a sense of purpose that sharing their stories matters. Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone’s voice is important. The sooner they understand this, the sooner they will take pride in becoming writers. Grammar should be taught not as a list of rules, but as a means to make writing meaningful and powerful. Therefore, Grammar should be taught to children through Story-telling and Narrative. Explain to kids the “Why” of Grammar and then demonstrate its power in writing through examples.
Ex. Why is Harry Potter a World Favorite? How does the author use her writing? Explore the structure of writing in favorite novels.
You can have your child write a story and then teach grammar concepts through his own story, explaining how each rule enhances their work. Or make up a story of your own, thereby engaging the child in the plot, you can have teachable grammar moments.