ERIC Number: ED215356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Grammar Graphics: A Novel Look at Syntax. Ideas and Techniques for Teaching Sentence Competency.
Levy, Nancy R.
"Grammar Graphics" is a technique for teaching English grammar to children in grades three through five using symbols to represent each part of speech. In this way children can graphically perceive and understand the function of words in a sentence. Basically the students learn symbols for all parts of speech except the preposition and conjunction (interjections are not included). There are six symbols (nouns as circles, verbs as triangles, articles as arrows, adjectives as squares, adverbs as rectangles, and pronouns as ovals), with the verbs as triangles varying in size according to its function in a sentence. Conjunctions and prepositions are always written out as words so that from the very beginning the students become sensitive to the special function of the preposition. By distinguishing the preposition, the teacher can illustrate immediately the adjectival or adverbial phrase that follows prepositions. The use of the symbols can also underscore the fact that the same word in a different position has a different meaning and a different grammatical function. Although the use of symbols in one sense makes grammar initially seem more abstract, the symbolization in another sense actually makes grammar more meaningful and much more fun. A variety of activities can be incorporated in teaching Grammar Graphics, some of which allow a multimodal approach to learning. Ultimately, this approach helps children understand syntax so that they can write effective sentences in paragraphs that, in turn, reflect unity and coherence. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (1st, Minneapolis, MN, April 15-17, 1982).