Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary Schools
Along with the important subject knowledge, practising and trainee teachers need to know what effective teaching of grammar in primary schools actually looks like. This book provides examples of lessons in teaching primary grammar as a starting point for learning. It explores the theory behind them, how they can be adapted to suit different year groups and different schools, and how you can learn from them to develop your subject and teaching knowledge. This text will help you to teach grammar in an effective and meaningful way and offer support to plan and teach lessons that motivate, engage and inspire pupils to use grammar not only accurately but also creatively to produce writing that is fluid, cohesive and purposeful.
This book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series...
A series that takes exemplar lesson plans as a starting point for developing subject knowledge and exploring the theory behind them. The lessons can be adapted to suit different year groups and schools.
Tried and tested in the classroom
Supported by pedagogy and theory
In line with the new Primary Curriculum and Teaching Standards
The Companion Website accompanying the series includes extra resources to support classroom teaching including, tips, lesson starters, videos and handy Pinterest boards. Visit the companion website at ww.sagepub.co.uk/lessonsinteaching
A note from the authors
The lesson examples included in this book have all been tried and tested in the classroom and have successfully contributed to children's knowledge and understanding of grammatical concepts. A key feature of these lesson examples is that they build upon children's prior knowledge and their interests. They are not intended to be seen as a 'quick fix' to meet the requirements of English in the National Curriculum. Knowledge about grammar usage should lead to greater understanding of how we can manipulate words and sentences to create particular effects that will touch the heart of the reader. The intention is not to produce a generation of grammar pedants who apply rules and dissect texts in such a way as to destroy its very essence. By teaching grammar within meaningful contexts your lessons will motivate, engage and inspire your pupils to use grammar not only accurately but also creatively to produce writing that is fluid, cohesive and purposeful.
We have provided a great deal of background information so that you are able to situate the learning within a contextual framework; however, our ideas and examples can be easily adapted to suit the needs of your learners. The pedagogies associated with the teaching of grammar remain consistent but the suggested games and activities used to consolidate and apply learning are easily transferable. Whilst reading, you may have identified ways in which you can adapt the lessons to teach other aspects of grammar or changed the focus of the learning objective to reflect the demands of your classroom best. In the same way that we expect children to use grammar creatively to address their purpose, we would anticipate that you use the guidance contained in this book to address your purpose.
- 2014 Suzanne Horton and Branwen Bingle
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