Hey folks, I've recently been hired as a full time high school English teacher. I completed my first semester this week, and I feel like I am letting my students down in terms of grammar. Grammar was never really the focus of my education. I learned how to write through osmosis - I read a TON as a child - and I never got around to actually learning the vocabulary and implementation of grammar. That said, I comprehend all of the basic building blocks and some of the more complex elements. I'd be unsuitable for my profession if I did not. I still feel, however, that I could do a lot more to emphasize grammar in my classroom. As such, I have a few questions for the more qualified/experienced members of this board:
Is there a preferred textbook or resource that I should look at getting that is universally regarded as one of the best resources on grammar?
Are there any suggested websites/free media that I can access that provide quizzes, activities, etc that you've used successfully in a classroom?
If you were told that your grammar unit could consist ONLY of five grammar concepts, what five would you choose? For sake of discussion, we'll assume that students have already learned basic sentence structure (subject/predicate and clauses/phrases).
Are there any grammar-related activities that you've done that you think worked extremely well and wouldn't mind sharing?
Are there any odd quirky grammar things that you preach that you think are valuable? (Two of mine that I can think of is avoiding the words 'just' and 'get.' I know there are appropriate times to use both, but I find that students very rarely use them correctly).
I don't expect you to answer all of these, but any assistance is helpful. If you would prefer to PM, that is also excellent. Thanks for taking the time. I'm excited to be a part of this board.