ERIC Number: ED438552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
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The Place of Grammar in the Language Arts Curriculum.
The history of grammar instruction includes two approaches: the handbook approach, which is practiced today, and the textbook approach. The handbook approach focuses on rules for correct writing and is an error-based view, while the textbook approach would treat grammar holistically and interpretively and would systematically explain new concepts in light of previous ones. If grammar is to survive in today's classroom, it will need to return to the textbook approach. One current example related to the textbook approach envisions a creative, activity-based classroom, but asserts that no theory should be taught. Knowing grammar in a holistic and theoretical way, however, cannot be a harm to student writing, and studies are showing benefits of heightened awareness of language on student composition. Contains 15 references. (EF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Grammar, Higher Education, Holistic Approach, Language Arts, Traditional Grammar, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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