“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”
Maybe when you think of grammar, this is the sort of language which comes to mind. In this class, we will not aspire to sound overly formal in our speech. Instead, we will develop the tools which will allow us to articulate our ideas in the clearest possible ways.
Great writing must be built on a solid foundation. Strong skills in grammar and vocabulary will make our writing clearer. These skills will also help us to train our minds and organize our thinking. After all, how can we articulate our thoughts for others, if they are not organized within our own minds first? Even Silicon Valley is raising its head to take notice of the impact which the study and application of grammar makes in a seemingly unrelated field. According to a recent article from The Atlantic, buggy software coding can be traced back to minds which were never properly trained into organized grammatical expression.
In this class, we will systematically study grammar, apply our study through editing and fixing mistakes we find in our weekly readings, and apply the repairs to hand-writing the corrected model. At the end of the year, each student will own his own beautifully hand-written copy of The Frog Prince, or Just Desserts. We will also study and apply interesting and useful vocabulary. Additionally, we will examine some Latin and Greek roots which will help us break down words into their individual parts to discover their meanings. Finally, we will write one major paper per semester.
While this will not technically be an SAT/ACT test-prep course, your student will be studying aspects of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing which most frequently appear on these standardized tests.
This course will sharpen and bring into practice existing grammar knowledge for some students even as it exposes other students to grammar concepts for the first time. Either way, this class should be fun, interesting, approachable, and relatively painless. I plan to have fun. I think that they will also. 😉