What is English grammar practice
Grammar exercise with Storyboard That
For many students, a basic understanding of English grammar is "hearing" written text in their heads. Often times, when you ask a student how he or she discovered a grammatical error, the answer is "It didn't sound right". This strategy is very effective for subject-verb agreements, contractions, punctuation marks, and other basic grammar topics.
Listening is no longer enough for the more complex grammar required in English or college-level English. Recognizing modifiers, types of phrases, and parts of sentences requires an intellectual understanding of the subject.
Here are two storyboard examples to help you master concepts such as appositive and how to recognize the different types of phrases (prepositional clause, adjective clause, adverb clause, infinitive clause, sub-clause, and basic clause).
It is often difficult to get students involved in the discussion of grammar. The topic is demanding and not easy to relate to. While repetitive exercises are reasonably effective in strengthening these concepts, they also don't engage students. One way to teach grammar while cultivating creativity and a deep understanding of the learning objectives is through the use of storyboards.
Using storyboards to illustrate grammatical concepts gives students a deeper understanding of the subject and the likelihood of correctly identifying a structure or sentence in reading materials and tests. By adding your own images and text, you have the opportunity to be creative and experience the practical application of the material.
While giving students a chance to create the most interesting prepositional clauses they can develop, it gives you the opportunity to easily assess the student's access to the subject. The clear, concise illustrations and captions on a storyboard convey a student's mastery of a concept.
Advanced English grammar activities
- Create a storyboard that includes all six possible uses for a gerund (subject, predicate, direct object, indirect object, object of a preposition, apposition).
- Create a storyboard using some or all types of clauses (independent / dependent, adjective dependent, adverb dependent, noun dependent, etc.).
- Create a storyboard with different types of sentences (adjective clause, adverb clause, prepositional clause, participatory clause, infinitive clause, round clause).
- For assessment, have students identify or correct grammatical errors on a pre-designed storyboard and explain the reason for the correction.
The mastery of grammar concepts at a high level corresponds to the language requirements of the Common Core and State standards. By using storyboards to reinforce grammar, students can "demonstrate mastery of the conventions of standard English grammar and their use in writing or speaking" (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.1) and "Interpretation of spoken figures" (CCSS.ELA -Literature.L.11-12.5a). Understanding these advanced English grammar concepts can help you develop and enrich your own writing.
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