Grammar Course

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  1. newengltchr

    newengltchr Rookie

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    Hello,

    I am beginning two graduate courses for my master's degree tonight, but I am thinking that it would be too much to manage as a first-year teacher. I am thinking about dropping one of the courses, but I am not sure which one to drop. The two courses are advanced grammar and coming of age stories. The books for the stories course look great and I think the content will be applicable to my 9th and 10th grade students, but the grammar course intrigues me, too. I consider myself a pretty decent writer, but I have a basic understanding of how the English language actually works.

    Do you think it is necessary for a high school English teacher to know how to diagram sentences and identify the complex components of a sentence? Do you, yourself, know how to do this?

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I'm not going to lie: it hurts my heart that an English teacher wouldn't know the value of a solid grasp of English grammar.
     
  4. bandnerdtx

    bandnerdtx Aficionado

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    Advanced grammar was a requirement for my degree, and yes, I absolutely think it's important for an English teacher. Otherwise, what's the point of the degree? A degree in a field shows that you're gaining expertise in that field. Grammar is essential to understanding our language.
     
  5. a2z

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    Keep the grammar course. An English teacher should be an expert at grammar.
     
  6. dgpiaffeteach

    dgpiaffeteach Aficionado

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    Do you have to take them both no matter what? I'd take the stories one personally because I'd feel more confident and interested. I'd save a course like grammar for the summer.
     
  7. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

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    Take the grammar course.
     
  8. stargirl

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    I would say that one of the best classes I've ever taken since I became a teacher was a grammar course.
     
  9. LisaLisa

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    Grammar - the best English teachers I've seen have done that with their class at some point.
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Consider these sentences:

    Having just waxed the floor, the banana peel was more than usually dangerous.

    Please refer that question to Tim or I for more information.

    Explain what's wrong with each and how to fix it, and we can tell you whether you need that grammar course.
     
  11. Upsadaisy

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    That would be asking a lot of a banana peel.
    The person speaking the second sentence should be a guest on the show Big Brother; they seem to love saying, '...refer that question to Tim or I...'
     
  12. elaclassroom

    elaclassroom New Member

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    Take the grammar course. It is paramount that English teachers have a firm grasp of the language they teach.

    DO you work in a state that follows common core? If so, you will need to teach grammar.
     

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