More Grammar Activities

Here’s what we have been up to in Advanced Grammar: form and structure classes, plus application of the “notice, name, apply” model explained in Engaging Grammar: Practical Advice for Real Classrooms by Amy Benjamin with Tom Oliva.

We reviewed the names of structure classes by playing Jeopardy! and looking at examples from current song lyrics:

prepositional phrases in lyrics. example so i pulled up in the jag, mayweather with the jab

modal auxiliaries from song lyrics. example so she might say she love me

phrasal verbs from John Legend's song all of me

We then worked through a sample class activity appropriate for even elementary students: an adjective-heavy diamond poem:

creating an adjective diamond poem by starting with a noun then giving two words about how the noun looks, three words about how the noun acts, 2 words about how the noun should be, then the noun againHere are some the poems that students wrote:


Tall. Strong.

Brave. Fearless. Selfless.

Humble. Kind.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Large. Ready.

Wild. Energetic. Loud.

Determined. Focused.


And we worked with popular early chapter books and YA literature (ex. The Chronicles of Narnia, Night, Speak, The Great Gatsby, The House on Mango Street, Bud Not Buddy) to find sentences we liked, name the grammatical features used, and write our own imitations. To introduce the notice, name, apply model, I used the metaphor of the perfect outfit:

we notice a celebrity outfit for different reasons like the pieces, patterns, colors and can do the same with sentences


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