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Simple Grammar: Subjects and Verbs (Grades 6th-8th)
The no-tears way to learn about sentences, subjects, and verbs by analyzing passages from age-appropriate literature (we will use KISS Grammar Level 1.1 by Dr. Edward Vavra).
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 4 learners
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Twice per week
over 4 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
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Note: This class is designed for 6th through 8th grades. It is a beginning course for those just embarking on a formal study of grammar or for those who desire more thorough understanding. To truly understand grammar, we must first understand what is a sentence. In Simple Grammar: Subjects and Verbs, we will cover what is a sentence and will discuss subjects and verbs. We will learn about verb phrases and some of the different kinds of verbs, such as helping verbs. When a new topic is...
By the end of this course, students should be able to identify sentences as well as subjects and finite verbs. They should also be fairly comfortable with verb phrases and helping verbs.
I have taught English Composition at the college level and have tutored English for college students and middle schoolers. Many of my students had difficulty sharing their ideas because they lacked a fundamental understanding of how our language works (grammar). I encouraged and pushed my students to reach their potentials. Some students who began the class with D work and no understanding of punctuation or grammar finished the class with B and A work. I love helping students to learn how to share their ideas in a way the gives their ideas validity due to precise writing.
Students may be assigned exercises as homework; however, the assignments should take 15 minutes or less. Students will need to bring samples of their own writing to some of the classes. If they don’t have anything already written, I will provide a prompt for them to write a few sentences.
1 file available upon enrollmentStudents may need paper and a writing utensil or a computer for in-class exercises as well as homework assignments. Much of the lesson material will come from KISS Grammar Level 1.1. I will supply a Word document of the workbook upon enrollment with additional exercises supplied as needed. If the student would prefer a hard copy, the exercises will need to be printed. However, the student is welcome to do the exercises on the computer if desired. (If you would like to view the workbook from the source website, it is linked here. However--although the approach to grammar is simple--the website can be quite confusing to navigate: http://kissgrammar.org/kiss/wb/LPlans/G06_WB_Start.htm#L1)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Exercises are taken from children’s literature, such as Heidi by Johanna Spyri and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
We will use exercises from the KISS grammar series, which is free online. We may use a combination of exercises, depending on student need, but the main information will be taken from the KISS Level 1.1 workbook for middle grade students. I may also reference Simply Grammar by Charlotte Mason/Karen Andreola.
Annie Downer, MFACreative Writer and Grammar Lover, former Adjunct English Professor
102 total reviews
145 completed classes
I have been writing stories since I was four years old and have pursued writing as a career since the age of twelve. I hold a BA in Digital Writing and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My in-person teaching experience includes...