Easy Grammar 6th Grade Curriculum Review

Easy Grammar 6th Grade Curriculum Review

Strengths:
Easy Grammar is easy to use, easy to teach, easy to understand, and easy to learn.  That must be why they call it Easy Grammar.  This grammar curriculum starts out by having the student memorize a list of fifty-three prepositions.  From there, they learn to identify and cross out prepositional phrases in sentences.  Once a prepositional phrase is crossed out, it is much easier to find the subject and verb/verb phrase of a sentence since they won’t be in the prepositional phrase.  This identifying and crossing out of prepositional phrases is built upon in a systematic way to find the other parts of a sentence and mark them appropriately.  The student is always supposed to identify and cross out prepositional phrases first.  Next, the subject of the sentence is located and underlined once. Then, the verb/verb phrase is found and underlined twice.  After this foundation has been set, the student will then learn how to find and correctly label the other parts of a sentence.

The first unit of Easy Grammar is all about prepositions and the subject and verb parts of a sentence.  The following unit is an in-depth study of verbs that teaches helping, regular, irregular, linking, and state of being verbs, and verb phrases.  This unit also explains contractions, correct verb form usage, and how to identify and correctly label predicate nominatives.  This is followed by a short section on the identification of and labeling interjections and conjunctions in sentences.  They will then move on to in-depth units on nouns, adjectives, and adverbs.

In the noun unit, the student will be taught how to tell if a word is being used as a noun, adjective, or verb.  They will then learn about noun determiners and concrete, abstract, common, proper, singular, plural and possessive nouns.  The unit then teaches the student to identify and label predicate nominatives, direct objects, and indirect objects.  The adjective unit teaches the student about limiting, descriptive, and proper adjectives.  Next, the student will learn how to identify and correctly label predicate adjectives. This is followed by a section on degrees of adjectives teaching the comparative and superlative forms.  In the adverb unit, the student will be taught how to tell if a word is being used as an adverb or adjective.  They will then learn about adverbs that describe how, where, when, and to what extent and to label them in sentences.  The next section is about degrees of adverbs, once again teaching the comparative and superlative forms.  The student will also learn whether to use good or well and not to use double negatives.

There is also an in-depth pronoun unit.  This unit does a short review of subjects and predicate nominatives and then builds upon that to teach pronouns.  The student will learn about reflexive, demonstrative, interrogative, and indefinite pronouns and personal pronouns in the nominative, objective, and possessive cases.  The unit also contains a section on antecedents.

There is a lot of review throughout the book to help the student retain what they have learned.  Each unit has review pages on what has been taught in that unit, along with cumulative review pages on what has been taught up to that point in the book.  The student then does a test on the unit and sometimes a cumulative test as well.

Weaknesses:
Some of the concepts taught in the shorter sections of the book do not have a lot of review throughout the book.  When the concepts are examined, I find that a student usually doesn’t remember what they are or what to do with them.  When this happens, we must review the concept again.  This usually isn’t very difficult or time-consuming, though, as the student often recalls what they previously learned about the concept quickly during the review.

Recommendations:
Easy Grammar Grade Six is an in-depth study of English grammar that is very simple to use.  I find it much easier for students to do than other grammar curricula I have utilized in the past.  I have also had students incredibly bored with other grammar books and did not have that problem with Easy Grammar.  I would recommend the use of the correlating Easy Grammar Daily Grams once a good foundation of Easy Grammar is established.  If you are using Easy Grammar for the first time in sixth grade, you may find that you need to wait until the next year to start using the Daily Grams for the student to have enough understanding of grammar to be able to do the daily exercises.

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