Grammar and Spelling
but it is essential to the future successes of our children.
that.org, I stumbled upon sev- eral;scary;statistics;about;a topic related to grammar. Coming from the generation that learned
the English language via sentence dia-gramming,;daily;oral;language;ditto;fill-ing, and grammar workbooking, I was
tional Assessment of Educational Prog-ress] test scores show that fewer than one
that;is,;capable;of;composing;orga-nized, coherent prose in clear language
with correct spelling and grammar.
There was more bad news. Some sta-
tistical quotes went as far to hint that
our newest college graduates are mak-
ing startling errors on their resumés and
cover letters, thus hurtling them into
Once sentence formation began
verbs, and adjectives. Writing had officially commenced in the classroom.
times, but it was all in the name of the
7, teach the foundations of sentence struc-ture.;At;this;age,;a;handy;checklist;proves
to be a remarkable tool that reinforces basic
grammatical rules and provides a visual cue
once we had reviewed sentence basics and
learned what subjects are, as well as nouns
and verbs. A checklist such as the following can also serve as the basis for editing