Here’s what happened when I threw out my students’ grammar books…

Click for more information about the following items mentioned in the video:

M.U.G. (Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar) Shots, Semester #1 (four sets available)

Detailed info. about essay grading with grammar codes (Grading Hacks, Episode #2)

Free Sustained Silent Reading (S.S.R.) program materials

Parts of Speech Poster Set

Teach on, everyone!

Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. I really love these. Personally, I don’t like teaching grammar to my kids simply because – as you say – they don’t care. Disappointing, really, as I like grammar and am a bit of a grammar nerd, although I have issues with too many commas; but in general, I think I’m pretty good at it. 😉

    So, while my younger crowd will find themselves with new methods of summarized “fun” grammar learning, my older crowd will definitely be using your M.U.G. Shots! It will be interesting to see their reaction to this change! I’ll let ya know when the time comes, but for now I’m all with ya on “teaching grammar painlessly!” 🙂


  2. Absolutely, Carolyn! I’m game to try anything that’ll hook students’ attention and allow me to give them the “medicine” they need. Thanks for watching! 🙂


  3. Thank you for sharing! I’m wondering if you adjust grades after students use the grammar codes to make corrections.


  4. Great question, Mrs. Engelhart! I actually make the essay corrections a separate assignment that I enter into the grade book as homework. That way, I can go back and see exactly how the student performed in terms of content and grammar, and I’ll (hopefully) be able to track their wonderful growth over the year. If I pour the essay correction points right back onto the essay grade, the data is lost. It’s also good for parents to have a clear picture of their child’s writing level/issues. Hope this helps! 🙂


  5. Laura,
    Of the (4), Is there a particular M.U.G. shot you’d start with or doesn’t it matter? I can’t get them all at once, so I wanted a starting point.


  6. Great question, Judy! It doesn’t really matter which one you start with because they’re all at the same level. I made four different volumes so folks could use different packs with their different preps; sometimes, I’ll have an 11th grader that I also taught during his 9th grade year and I need to have different sentences to present. I say, start with #1 and go from there! 🙂


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