Some students understand and enjoy grammar. They find sentence
diagramming to be a game. Other students have never understood
grammar and have an intense dislike of anything associated with grammar.
A few students argue that understanding grammar has little to do with
English pedagogues disagree about how to teach grammar or even if it
should be taught in high schools. At Agoura High School we have
decided to focus on the aspects of grammar which will help students to
master standard, written English at a level that is appropriate for
writing papers in college and on the job after high school
graduation. What taxonomy we do
teach is selected to help with writing instruction, not because a
student must know how to identify the conjunctive adverb in order to
- Students who cannot identify the parts of speech must get help to
catch-up with this skill.
- Students who cannot identify the parts of a sentence after
freshman year should master this skill before going on in English if
they want to do well.
- The study of grammar and usage is cumulative. If you don't
learn this year's lessons, you'll have more trouble next year.
- Students who finish their high school years without the ability
to speak and write proper, standard English are less likely to be
successful in job interviews and college entrance interviews.
- Review the parts of speech and the parts of a sentence at the
beginning of the school year.
- Make sure to do grammar homework and class exercises
yourself. These assignments help you make sure you understand the
- Try to use your understanding of the principles of grammar to
help you write better. When you learn about introductory
prepositional phrases, try using such phrases in some of the sentences
in your writing in order to provide a variety of sentence
openers. When you learn about parallel construction, try using
parallel structure to make your ideas more easily understood and more
- Pay special attention to the particulars of agreement
(pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb). Sometimes a potential employer
or college admissions officer will be impressed by the quality of your
education when he or she discovers that you have learned proper,
standard, spoken and written English.
- Take the time to carefully proofread your written papers for
errors in grammar, usage, organization, and logic.