Sydney Hoff is a graduate of Emory University. She scored 780/800 on the writing section of the SATs and has years of experience tutoring university-level students to foster their writing abilities. Sydney performs copywriting and copyediting work for various organizations. She currently runs a business based in New York offering writing services for students from elementary through higher education.
An 8-week introductory grammar course in which students grades 3-5 learn grammar principles and practice their application to writing and editing.
Grammar is the system of language, the study of how sentences are constructed, and ultimately, the science which studies a thought process. Understanding grammar affords students precision of thought, a lifelong gift. In this course, students will learn foundational grammar concepts including parts of speech, punctuation marks, homophones, capitalization, and indentation.
Course Curriculum and Methodology
Because grammar is learned best when rooted in the writing experience, students will read passages with grammar mistakes, identify and correct the errors, and then re-write the passages correctly. The students will also learn diagramming, a method of sentence analysis that brings the relationship among the words of a sentence to the perceptual level so that students both see and understand the function of various parts of a sentence.
Students will learn to identify parts of speech, use proper and purposeful punctuation marks, distinguish between and choose correct homophones, and employ proper capitalization and indentation techniques.
This course uses the workbook, “Fix-It! Grammar: The Nose Tree,” which is the first book in a grammar series created by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Each student must purchase a copy, sold here for $15.
This is an 8-week course beginning the week of July 6, 2020.
At the conclusion of this course, if there is interest, there will be another grammar course offered using the next workbook in the IEW series.