AHS English Stylebook (Senior)

Grammar Study

Background

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 writing well. 

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 write well.

Conclusions

Study Plan

  1. Review the parts of speech and the parts of a sentence at the beginning of the school year.
  2. Make sure to do grammar homework and class exercises yourself.  These assignments help you make sure you understand the principles involved.
  3. 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 sophisticated rhetorically.
  4. 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.
  5. Take the time to carefully proofread your written papers for errors in grammar, usage, organization, and logic.