ERIC Number: EJ1086156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Histories and Mysteries of Grammar Instruction: Supporting Elementary Teachers in the Time of the Common Core
Gartland, Lauren B.; Smolkin, Laura B.
Reading Teacher, v69 n4 p391-399 Jan-Feb 2016
The reemergence of grammar instruction in the Common Core State Standards has likely left teachers confused. On the one hand, they have been told repeatedly that grammar instruction does not improve student outcomes, and can, in fact, be "harmful" to students. However, on the other hand, many Anglophone countries, including the United States, have re-introduced grammar instruction as an important component of the English language arts curriculum. The purpose of this paper is to clarify some of the controversies around grammar instruction by beginning with a brief historical review. Following, we offer teachers various pedagogical suggestions to enable them to address grammar in an engaging, meaningful fashion, as opposed to the isolated, decontexualized activities that have traditionally plagued grammar instruction.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Grammar, Common Core State Standards, Teaching Methods, Language Arts, English Instruction, Educational History, Elementary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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