Middle School Grammar Basics

Nouns, and Verbs, and Adjectives, Oh My! Whether written or spoke, language is fundamental to our everyday lives. Understanding grammar is essential for clear communication and can set a student apart from others when applying for college or writing a cover letter for their dream job.

Middle School is a perfect time to solidify the basics of grammar in writing and speaking. As students approach high school, where they will undoubtedly be expected to write essays and research papers, those students with a strong grammar foundation will excel.

In this class, we will use a hands-on, multi-media method of learning.  Through the use of games, activities, videos, and creative assignments students will find new ways to express their thoughts and ideas.

Some topics we will cover

  • Parts of speech*
  • Placing Punctuation
  • How to “dress-up” our writing
  • Editing and proofreading
  • A touch of creative writing

*With regard to learning parts of speech, the Easy Grammar Curriculum approach will be the primary methodology used in class and for assignments. Through this method, students learn a simple step-by-step process for identifying the key elements of a sentence by eliminating prepositional phrases. Since the subject and verb in a sentence will not exist within a prepositional phrase, this is an easy way to check for subject and verb agreement, identifying antecedents, and checking for adjectives and adverbs. This format is beneficial for students who already excel in grammar and for those who are struggling. A simple daily review at home will be reinforced in class with lessons and fun activities.

Required Materials: Easy Grammar Plus Workbook by Wanda Phillips (approx. $10-15) will be used for assignments and reinforcing concepts learning in class.

Homework Requirements: Short assignments for review


Time: 10:45-12:15
Class Fee: $350 for full year class
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Jamie Reed

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.