Why teach grammar?
You might as well ask: ‘why teach about the use of language?’ It is important that young readers and writers know about how language is organised to make meaning. Importantly, they need to know that improving writing isn’t about adding lots of adjectives, verbs or adverbs but about achieving the effect that the writer wants. In addition, having a terminology to talk about language – a metalanguage – means that teachers and children have a shared vocabulary about how to get better at using language.
The material in this book covers all aspects of grammar in the new National Curriculum for English explained through:
• Case studies by teachers
• Vignettes of practice
• Terminology checks
• Quick and Easy practical examples linked to each year group
It is divided into sections:
• Building sentences
• Beyond the sentence
• Preparing for the Grammar test in Year 6
• Photocopiable materials
All the examples and suggestions are based on the REDM process of teaching grammar in context:
Reading and investigation
Discussion and experimentation
Making controlled writing choices
The materials cover all the grammatical features and terminology that children are required to know and use in the new National Curriculum.
This publication is an exceptional resource. Research- based whilst also very practical, it will develop teachers’ subject knowledge and confidence and provide lots of wonderful ideas for teaching grammar effectively. The activities, lessons and case studies are underpinned by the REDM process, leading children through reading and investigating, explicit teaching, discussion and experimentation and making controlled writing choices. Case studies, terminology checks and ‘quick and easy’ activities for each year group are exploratory, engaging and purposeful and the photocopiable resources are helpful for busy teachers. I particularly like the powerful use of poetry in many activities. The emphasis is always on children exploring and enjoying and the premise that ‘Good writing is what works to do the job the writer wants. And studying how language works – grammar – should help young writers to say what they want to say as effectively as they can.’Karen Tulloch – Primary English Advisor – United Learning Trust
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