Foundational Grammarsmall

12 yrs and up, $300.00, 14 week course (includes private tutorial time) – No prerequisite 

This course covers basic grammatical knowledge, with the final end of helping students to write well and avoid improper sentence structure - namely, fragments, run-on sentences, and poor punctuation.  Each week, students will learn about a new grammatical concept (parts of speech, mechanics, and usage), always referring back to the previous lessons so that there is a synthesis of all the material. 

To ensure that each student understands the course as it progresses, student and tutor will meet privately once a week to review assignments together and clear up any questions the student might have. Each week there is a reading element, a new grammar concept, and a series of exercises and sentence writing components to solidify understanding. More advanced students are given the option to write in paragraph form. A large part of absorbing and understanding grammatical concepts comes from seeing those concepts in action, through reading good literature, and then executing them in one's own writing. We will be reading and discussing a wonderful group of novels, found below.

Students may wish to purchase some books for ease of reading, but online copies are available below.


Reading List:

Week 1: Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbitt, Intro - Ch. 4
Class Focus: Nouns & Pronouns

Week 2: Grammar-Land, Ch. 5 - 8
Class Focus: Active Verbs & Simple Sentences

Week 3: Grammar-Land, Ch. 9 - 12
Class Focus: Adjectives

Week 4: Grammar-Land, Ch. 13 - 17
Class Focus: Linking Verbs & Subject Complements

Week 5: The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, Ch. 1 - 4
Class Focus: Adverbs

Week 6: The Railway Children, Ch. 5 - 9
Class Focus: Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases

Week 7: The Railway Children, Ch. 10 - 14
Class Focus: Conjunctions & Interjections

Week 8: Five Children and It by E. Nesbit, Ch. 1 - 4
Class Focus: Review

Week 9: Five Children and It, Ch. 5 - 8
Class Focus: Sentence Structure

Week 10: Five Children and It, Ch. 9 - 11
Class Focus: Punctuation 1 - Colons, semi-colons

Week 11: Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Ch. 1 - 5
Class Focus: Punctuation 2 - Commas, fixing fragments or run-on sentences

Week 12: Little Lord Fauntleroy, Ch. 6 - 10
Class Focus: Punctuation 3 - Apostrophes

Week 13: Little Lord Fauntleroy, Ch. 11 - 15
Class Focus: Review - Part 1

Week 14: No reading, Class Focus: Review - Part 2