If you’re tired of reading essays loaded with grammatical errors, then take a look at this Grammar Growth Kit.
This particular package is designed to fix pretty much every (major and common) grammatical issue with which high schoolers struggle.
We know that, in many (if not most) cases, students arrive in high school without the proper skills. I’m not sure if this is any more apparent than in the realm of grammar. And, despite what some may think, grammar absolutely matters beyond the high-school walls.
So, here’s what I did: I analyzed all the areas of student weakness over two years and aligned their deficiencies with a local community college’s placement exam and the writing portion of the ACT. I then taught each particular concept in the beginning of the year and held a “Grammar Test” each quarter. Each student was required to score 84% on the Grammar Test—or the individual had to re-take the test (or take a zero on the exam at the end of the quarter). The student could take the exam as many times as needed throughout the quarter in order to achieve benchmark.
Overall, this model worked VERY well. Practice and repetition matters—especially when you can intertwine that style with application into essays.
That being said, here’s what’s included in this kit:
-A Giant Grammar Pak (PDF). This “Grammar Pak” contains rules, helps, and practice worksheets on the following concepts:
-Subjects / Predicates
-Independent / Dependent Clauses (i.e. complete sentences v. fragments)
-Connecting / Separating Independent / Dependent Clauses correctly
-Active / Passive Voice
-Easily Confused Words
* Note: There are a few blank pages in this PDF, but that's just because some of the pages were printed back-to-back, and others weren't. *
-A “Comma Station” Exercises Packet (PDF). This is more reinforcement with commas. (I split the room into different stations, and each station focused on a specific comma rule. Obviously, you can do that with any activity, but I just figured I’d put that out there.)
-A “Final Grammar Issue of the Year” document (PDF). For some reason, students started demonstrating NEW comma use errors toward the end of one year.
-The “Grammar Test” (.doc). Here it is: the test! It contains 50 questions—all multiple-choice. Everything aligns with that Grammar Pak. (You can edit the questions as you see fit. Most of them are very “personal” toward my classes. I would switch up some of the example questions each quarter so that kids wouldn’t start memorizing the actual examples.)
-A Daily Oral Language Packet (PDF). We used this as reinforcement to teach these grammatical concepts…and others, too. (We used this for Grade 10, but it will absolutely work for other grades as well.) The packet contains 24 weeks worth of exercises (120 exercises total). We would give each student a packet and then work through it in a variety of ways….