Each year, I am becoming increasingly frustrated trying to teach English to my students. I know that they have been taught these concepts and skills at every grade level, but still in 5th grade they do not seem to know their parts of speech or how to pick out the simple subject or simple predicate. And even after weeks of instruction, I am not getting through to most of them, either. It is so frustrating for them AND for me! I also know that they will study these same concepts through 8th and probably 9th grade. We will work hard on them all year, and when they get to 6th grade next year, their new teacher will be wondering if we ever worked on them at all! Does anyone else feel this same frustration and confusion as to why it is so hard to get these concepts across to our students? What are we doing wrong in our approach? Is there anything out there that works better? I seem to remember reading somewhere where there was an approach where only one part of speech was taught each year...say nouns in 2nd grade, verbs in 3rd grade, etc. Has anyone done it this way or heard of any school systems that have? Was it a successful method?