Grammar Concepts

Here are some Suggested Sequences for teaching concepts listed below (through games and activities).  There is nothing hard or fast about these sequences; they are just a starting point.

These charts also have links to the relevant lessons on Daily Grammar, in case the parent needs a quick grammar refresher!

Sequence 1 (Years 1-12)

Sequence 2 (Years 6-12)

Sequence 3 (Years 9-12)


Nouns

  1. simple; singular plurals
  2. common and proper
  3. concrete and abstract
  4. compound (hyphen)
  5. harder plurals
  6. compound plurals
  7. collective, count, and mass
  8. appositives (comma, dash)
  9. nouns of address (comma)
  10. clauses as nouns

Pronouns

  1. personal
  2. agreement with antecedent
  3. possessive
  4. indefinite
  5. agreement with antecedent – indefinite
  6. demonstrative
  7. interrogative
  8. relative
  9. reflexive
  10. intensive
  11. possessive case
  12. nominative case
  13. objective case
  14. incomplete
  15. unclear

Verbs

  1. action
  2. simple conjugation with s and ing
  3. state of being and linking
  4. helping
  5. verb phrases
  6. contractions
  7. verb phrases with contractions (apostrophe)
  8. verb phrase order
  9. agreement – singular and plural nouns
  10. agreement – indefinite pronouns
  11. transitive active
  12. transitive passive
  13. intransitive linking
  14. intransitive complete
  15. principal parts
  16. tricky ones – sit/set, lie/lay
  17. verb tense and conjugation
  18. progressive forms
  19. usage – tense, voice, mood

Adjectives

  1. modify nouns
  2. common and proper (hyphen)
  3. articles
  4. comparisons
  5. nouns as adjectives [noun adjuncts]
  6. possessive nouns (apostrophe)
  7. plural possessive nouns (apostrophe)
  8. compound plural possessive nouns (apostrophe)
  9. possessive pronouns [pronominal adjectives] (apostrophe)
  10. indefinite possessive pronouns
  11. demonstrative and interrogative pronouns
  12. verbs as adjectives [participial adjectives]
  13. prepositional phrases as adjectives
  14. comma use in coordinate adjectives
  15. inanimate vs animate
  16. clauses as adjectives

Adverbs

  1. modify verbs
  2. formation
  3. not
  4. comparisons
  5. common
  6. compound
  7. prepositional phrases as adverbs
  8. modify adjectives
  9. modify other adverbs
  10. adverb/adjective confusion
  11. double negatives and double comparisons
  12. “there” and “here”
  13. nouns as adverbs
  14. clauses as adverbs (comma, semicolon)

Prepositions

  1. common
  2. compound
  3. phrases and objects
  4. dangling
  5. introductory phrases (comma)

Interjections

  1. interjections

Conjunctions

  1. coordinate (comma)
  2. correlative
  3. subordinate

Subject

  1. declarative sentences (period)
  2. compound subjects
  3. interrogative sentence (question mark)
  4. exclamatory sentence (exclamation point)
  5. imperative sentences/commands (period)
  6. clauses and phrases
  7. fragments and run-ons

Predicate

  1. direct objects
  2. compound direct objects
  3. direct objects with compound verbs
  4. compound direct objects with compound verbs
  5. predicate nouns [predicate nominatives]
  6. predicate adjectives
  7. indirect objects
  8. inverted sentence structure

Verbals

  1. gerunds
  2. noun infinitives (comma)
  3. participles (comma)
  4. adverb infinitives

Capitalization

  1. initials (period)
  2. name suffixes (comma)
  3. name prefixes/titles (period)
  4. common nouns as names
  5. “I”
  6. days and months (comma)
  7. seasons
  8. holidays and events
  9. geography (comma)
  10. compound common and proper nouns
  11. address (comma)
  12. small words in compound proper nouns
  13. countries, languages, races
  14. buildings and structures
  15. brand names and products
  16. regions and directions
  17. religions
  18. organizations
  19. school subjects and classes
  20. officials and offices (hyphen)
  21. epithets and personifications

Quotations

  1. quotation marks and capitalization
  2. end punctuation (period, ?, !, comma)
  3. multiple quotes from one speaker (comma)
  4. change of speaker
  5. multiple paragraphs
  6. indirect quotations
  7. quotes within a quote
  8. end punctuation (colon, semicolon)

Punctuation

Basic punctuation is included in the relevant lesson above.  Here are some punctuation rules that stand on their own.

  1. commas with 3 or more words
  2. commas with 3 or more numbers
  3. commas with 3 or more phrases
  4. commas with 3 or more short clauses
  5. semicolons with independent clauses
  6. semicolons with phrases containing commas
  7. advanced comma usage
  8. advanced colon usage
  9. advanced dash usage
  10. parentheses

Reference

May need to add these in to the relevant lessons above.

  1. abbreviations (period, slash)
  2. time and date (period)
  3. money and decimals (period)
  4. setting off special words (quotation marks)
  5. time – hours and minutes (colon)
  6. long, formal quotations (colon)
  7. foreign words (italics)
  8. figures used as words (italics, apostrophe)
  9. emphasis (italics)
  10. time, space, amounts (apostrophe)
  11. hours and years (apostrophe)
  12. slang (apostrophe)
  13. numbers, telephone numbers (hyphen)
  14. fractions (hyphen, slash)
  15. “self” (hyphen)
  16. multiple words used as an adjective (hyphen)
  17. noun plus prepositional phrase (hyphen)
  18. clarify pronunciation (hyphen)
  19. show omission of small words (hyphen)
  20. numbered or lettered divisions (parentheses)
  21. numerals and written numbers (parentheses)
  22. acronyms (parentheses)
  23. insertions added (brackets)
  24. sic (brackets)
  25. parts of a choice (slash)

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