English teachers know that learning the ins and outs of English Grammar and Conventions requires years of practice. English is a complex language with lots of rules, lots of exceptions to rules, and lots of changes due to current “style” requirements, ie “To use the Oxford Comma or not; that is the question.”
Our students need to see just what kind of shape-shifting creature English can be, and they need to practice with grammar, play with grammar, and create with grammar. But old school Drill and Kill methods are dull and dreary. Use them, and a percentage of your students will learn it, but grudgingly. The rest will be hopelessly turned off to grammar. In the end, you get a lot fewer Teacher Presents at Christmas. I propose something different. Not Drill and Kill but:
Drill and Thrill
Using the Fixit Drill will make semi-pro editors out of even the most stubborn kids. There’s an element of mystery to it, there’s competition, and there’s reward at the end. See page 2 for Fixit Drill Specific Instructions. But before that, some will wonder: “But what about Common Core?” Read on.