- March 27, 2019 at 8:53 AM #56069
James A Goering II@jag2
I have little experience with any high school English/grammar/writing curricula outside of Abeka. Perhaps because parsing sentences was never my first love, I find Abeka to be too heavy on grammar and light on writing instruction. This year I’ve tried to supplement the Abeka grammar with my own writing and editing instruction, but as you can imagine, this is quite time-consuming.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a high school English curriculum that does a good job of integrating grammar and writing?
- March 29, 2019 at 11:05 AM #56081
Students typically grapple with what to write more than they do with how to write. I’ve found that approaches to teaching writing that focus on technique (use of periodic sentences, active voice, strong verbs, thesis statement, three-point essay, etc.) often frustrate students who have nothing to say.
I’ve had best results with integrating writing with literature study: having students respond to literary selections with both formal and informal writing. The teacher must determine what style fits the piece: journal entry, essay, an alternate ending, parody, another piece in similar style, personal experience…
This provides students with a significant what.
The rigorous analytical aspects of grammar (identifying noun clauses used as objects of adverbial infinitives) can be taught much like algebra is taught rather than trying to mix them with writing assignments.
However, elements of grammar instruction can be included in assigned edits to first drafts. Students can be asked to revise as needed (and highlight) to include a certain number of complex sentences or verbals, or to follow a certain structural pattern for the whole piece.
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