Why is grammar taught in the middle school? Students want people to read their writing; therefore, they take the time to learn how to write well. Learning and applying grammar rules is imperative to writing well. Conventions not only help paint a picture for readers but also they add variety to writing and make it more interesting.
8th grade learned how to add participle phrases to their writing. Either at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence, participle phrases make sentences sing! The attached illustrations were provided by Stella Skinner and Kyle Smith.
Writers rely on words to illustrate a message. Descriptive adjectives pack a punch when used correctly in writing. To better understand the importance of adjectives, 6th graders picked an object, placed the object in a brown bag, and described the object using descriptive adjectives on the outside of the bag. In class, we took turns reading the adjectives and guessing what the object in the bag was. The following descriptive adjectives were my favorite: Bendable, bleek, portable, stackable, turquoise, over-sized, perwinkle purple, porous, and shiny.
Commas in writing pave the way for readers. Used correctly, commas can add clarity. 7th grade applied comma rules and story elements to their own short stories. Students were inspired to write after finding an image with a face. See if you can find all the comma rules in Jack Cain’s short story called “Facial Expression.”