Hello, I have been debating whether or not I should teach grammar on a more regular basis to my high school students. There are many teachers who incorporate it on a regular basis; however, there are teachers that don't touch upon it at all. At this point in time, I have fallen in the middle. I don't think that it is beneficial to completely eliminate grammar from the curriculum, but I don't think it should take a significant amount of class time either. I've been browsing through the grammar sections in the textbooks for my classes and there are things that I haven't heard of before (e.g. resultative adjective, apodosis, epiceuxis, etc.). Yes, these are interesting (to me) and I might take the time to look them up; however, are these necessary for 21st century learners? I once read a post on A to Z from a teacher that said English teachers should only cover the basics. If students know commonly misspelled words and correct use of punctuation, we've done our job. Do you agree? This is what he said students need to know: "1. The parts of speech. (Kids will say they know them, but they really don't.) They need to know what kinds of words perform what functions, and they need to be able to show evidence of this knowledge in their writing. 2. The suffixes that denote the different parts of speech (-ion, etc.) 3. The difference between a phrase and a clause. 4. The basic sentence patterns (simple, compound, complex, compound/complex) 5. The fifteen or twenty most common errors in spelling, punctuation, and usage and how to fix them." In a time when teachers are constantly struggling with student engagement and buy-in, is it absolutely necessary for students to know complex parts of grammar? Heck, I don't even think English teachers know half of this stuff! What do you do in your classroom? Happy holidays, everyone!