ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk about language. Grammar names the types of words and word groups that make upsentences not only in English but in any language. As human beings, we can put sentences together even as children--we can all do grammar. But to be able to talk about how sentences are built, about the types of words and word groups that make up sentences--that is knowing about grammar. And knowing about grammar offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity.
People associate grammar with errors and correctness. But knowing about grammar also helps us understand what makes sentences and paragraphs clear and interesting and precise. Grammar can be part of literature discussions, when we and our students closely read the sentences in poetry and stories. And knowing aboutgrammar means finding out that all languages and all dialects follow grammatical patterns. Read more...
SKILLS STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW:
Familiarity with Greek and Latin roots, as well as prefixes and suffixes, can help students understand the meaning of new words. This article includes many of the most common examples.
"A Young Man Reading at Candlelight"
"A Young Man Reading at Candlelight" by Matthias Stom, 1600, Public Domain