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Parts of Speech

In reviewing parts of speech, the Grammar Rock musical series can be very helpful. The series covers pronouns, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, conjunctions, and interjections. All videos are posted here.

Parts of a Sentence

Another of the Grammar Rock series, this video covers subjects and predicates.

Subject and Predicate

Lessons and Background Reading

The Transitive Vampire: A Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon is a quick read to familiarize yourself with basic grammar. As you may have guessed from the title, this book uses a gothic theme to bring grammar to life with examples that are far from ordinary. Some examples are cited under the Sentence Structures heading of the main Crafting Clear Sentences and Understanding Errors page.

Availability: local Ottawa library, University of Ottawa library

Grammar Lessons You'll Love to Teach: Highly Motivating Lessons - With Pizazz - That Help Kids Become More Effective Readers, Writer, and Thinkers by Ruth Townsend Story and Cathleen F. Greenwood. is a great book for lesson ideas and different strategies and games to interest kids in grammar. The lessons are intended for grade 6 and up, but even if you are teaching significantly older grades, the lessons can be adapted and the book has a lot of good ideas.

Availability: local Ottawa library

Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools by Rhoda J. Maxwell and Mary Jordan Meiser is another great reference for grammar lessons. This book, however, includes lessons pertaining to composition and many other avenues of the language arts.

Availability: University of Ottawa library

Essential English Grammar by Philip Gucker is not the best grammar reference, but it is extensive. Though confusing at times, this book seems to have a definition for anything you could ever need to know about grammar and ample examples.

Availability: University of Ottawa library