Analytical Grammar teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage. It is designed to be taught in three grammar “seasons” (see timeline) over three years; however, it is flexible enough to be adapted to a one- or two-year schedule.
AG has been used successfully with all students from the learning disabled to the highly gifted. This innovative and logical method is not only extremely effective, but makes learning grammar fun.
Analytical Grammar is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach that will prepare your student for high school and college-level work. The home teacher does not need to be a grammar expert but can learn along with the student.
We also have optional DVD companions to use with AG. These feature Erin and Robin teaching the lessons and practicing with a few sentences from each unit. The DVDs will be a big help for those who either don't have the time or feel they don't have the background to teach AG on their own.
If you do the program straight through, you only need a teacher book and student work book. IF YOU PLAN TO BREAK UP THE PROGRAM OVER TWO OR THREE YEARS, YOU MUST USE THE REINFORCEMENT AND REVIEW BOOK AS WELL. Please don't break the program up without using the R&R book.
Analytical Grammar covers:
- All the parts of speech and parts of the sentence
- Phrases and clauses
- Classic sentence diagraming
- Rules of punctuation and capitalization
- Common usage errors.
Analytical Grammar includes:
- Student notes
- Plenty of exercises to practice skills
- Tests to evaluate progress
- Complete answer keys and useful teacher notes
- Instructions for creating a Grammar Notebook which becomes a valuable reference resource
- An optional (sold separately) Review and Reinforcement workbook to keep skills sharp between “seasons.”
One of Analytical Grammar's strengths is that you don't have to teach it all year! We recommend breaking it up over three grammar 'seasons.' Below are two timelines to illustrate this. The 36 boxes represent the weeks in an average school year. Each unit in the program takes about a week to do. The "Rs" refer to exercises in the Reinforcement and Review book.
Here's the unit breakdown:
- Units 1-10: Parts of speech, parts of the sentence and the basics of sentence diagraming
- Units 11-17: All the phrases and clauses (this completes the study of grammar)
- Units 18-34: All the rules of punctuation (commas, semi-colons, colons, quotations, etc.) and usage (who or whom, I or me, etc.)
About the Seller
Analytical Grammar was started by Robin Finley, who taught 8th grade Language Arts for 34 years! She, and more recently her daughter Erin Karl, specialized in middle school. It's a vitally important time where concrete skills and knowledge, coupled with analytical, logical thinking are taught and fostered in order to prepare students for high school level work: reading books and writing about them! Now in its 20th year on the market, AG and all its related products are written with these assumptions in mind:
1. We assume the student has had little formal grammar instruction. (If they have, all the better!)
2. We assume the teacher has had little formal grammar instruction. (If you do, all the better!)
3. We assume that you have a LOT to cover in LA this year, so none of our programs take an entire year to teach.
4. We start at the beginning, and we go through to the end (yes, there IS an end!)
5. We DO NOT assume your child LOVES Language Arts.
Our basic philosophies ...
1. Formal grammar instruction shouldn't begin until at least 4th grade.
2. Grammar is a finite, manageable body of knowledge that can be mastered when taught correctly.
3. Reading the classics is a necessary, and WONDERFUL part of schooling, but a "big picture" is necessary for both teacher and student to get everything out of them we're supposed to.
4. Not all kids love to write.
5. (WANT TO WRITERS) That flowing "river" of creativity needs banks.
6. (HAVE TO WRITERS) They JUST want to be told what to do.
7. Academic (non-creative) writing is a format none of us is born knowing. It must be taught.
8. Writing structure can be evaluated objectively using rubrics. It helps the student know what to do, and it helps the teacher give usable feedback.
9. It's OKAY to have fun and be creative when learning about academic writing!
Here is a quick overview of which products are for which grades:
4th OR 5th - Jr. AG and Jr. AG: Mechanics - you can do these back to back in the same school year
6th/7th - AG with the R&R over a THREE-YEAR PERIOD - see the schedule in the listing for more info
8th/9th - AG with the R&R over a TWO-YEAR PERIOD - ditto
9th/10th and up - AG straight through in about a semester - use the "suggestions for shortcuts" in the teacher book to move more quickly through the material
6th and up - Beyond the Book Report - the same schedule will show you how to break BBR up according to your student's grade
8th and up - The Eternal Argument
We hope this gives you an idea of who we are. We're always here to help.