Welcome to Mentor Monday! This week's topic is parts of speech. I don't know about you, but I found grammar one of those parts of the E.L.A. curriculum a little tricky to squeeze into my schedule. I had very good intentions, but sometimes put it on the back burner to other things. As years went by I realized how important it was for students to learn the parts of speech.
Two major benefits for all kinds of learners:
- Helps with story grammar: This is a must for any struggling reader.
- Improves vocabulary. When I see a word that is unknown to me, I will try to identify its part or speech by looking at the suffix. Then I will look at the root and make an informed prediction. This takes careful scaffolding and explicit instruction for young readers to learn how to do effectively.
Those are two pretty compelling benefits! Just adding a parts of speech mini lesson into your writing block is one way to address grammar, but consider finding mentor texts to read throughout the week at various times. Include opportunities during word work in Daily 5 or during guided reading. Devote a few weeks to one part of speech every few weeks.
The most important piece of advice I can give is this:
Get into a regular routine.
Below are some collages I created with books to try out when teaching nouns, verbs, and adjectives. My third graders loved the grammar tales from Scholastic. A little mini book could be photocopied for each part of speech, which makes a great literacy center activity. Ruth Heller is another author of grammar books. Her illustrations are gorgeous, and her language is precise. Robin Pulver is another author who has broken through the grammar picture book market with lots of fun and playful parts of speech stories such as Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day. The following book ideas work well in grades 1-4.
Do you have a favorite book for teaching parts of speech? I'd love to hear about it! Thank you so much for stopping by today. As a special thank you, I'm giving away TWO of my October Bundles. It's a collection of 7 low-prep literacy resources.
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