Teaching Grammar, Style & Writing
Feeling stuck in your teaching of language, particularly grammar and style? In many ways, everything about language and writing begins with the concept of grammar, so on this page I’ll post tips for teaching grammar, integrating grammar into an understanding of style, and cleaning up usage issues—and I will extend our conversation to ideas for teaching writing. You will also find here extensions of and variations on the exercises in Grammar for Writers and intriguing sentences for you and your students to ponder or excavate.
Let this discussion begin! Send me your ideas, queries, and questions, and we’ll take up your submissions here.
A grammar class can be a real writing class: it’s just that the writing there is done on a micro level. We labor in the territory of the sentence rather than the essay. One best practice for teaching writing is that students should write about subjects they choose...read more
I often have students pair up or work in small groups (maximum four students) to get started with their homework or to review one another’s homework at the beginning of class. This seems very satisfying to students, perhaps because it addresses their curiosity about...read more
Students need a stress-free zone for learning grammar, and the choice to revise a writing assignment gone bad (where the writer really didn’t initially understand the concept) is reassuring. Thus, during or after a class discussion, I encourage students to revise...read more