Ep 56: Engaging Grammar Ideas with Lauralee Moss from Language Arts Classroom - EB Academics

Ep 56: Engaging Grammar Ideas with Lauralee Moss from Language Arts Classroom

When you think about grammar instruction, do you feel excited and passionate or shudder and groan? I find that the topic of grammar elicits very strong and often opposing responses among ELA teachers. Basically, you either love it or you hate it. 

When you think about grammar instruction, do you feel excited and passionate or shudder and groan? I find that the topic of grammar elicits very strong and often opposing responses among ELA teachers. Basically, you either love it or you hate it. 

For those of you who love grammar instruction, you are in luck because today’s podcast episode is all about how to knock it out of the park in your classroom. And if you currently despise teaching grammar, or just don’t find the time to fit it into your curriculum, this episode is going to give you some fun, simple, and creative ways to incorporate it more. 

Lauralee Moss is a bit of a grammar guru, and she takes a wonderfully unique approach to teaching it. She believes that grammar should be more than a ten minute mini-lesson and practice session each day. She believes in teaching students that grammar is the art of using language precisely, and she weaves it into almost every component of her Language Arts class. 

But for all the grammar newbies or haters out there, Lauralee suggests starting simple! Today, she shares several easy ways to get kids thinking about grammatical concepts more often. For example, do a quick review of nouns, then give every student three sticky notes and ask them to label the nouns in the classroom. Hook students with an engaging activity, and then begin to point out grammar concepts they’re familiar with more and more in their writing, the class novel, or posters and signs around the school. 

Listen in to hear even more strategies for teaching grammar in the classroom–without a formal plan. Plus, learn why Lauralee believes that teaching grammar helps reach a subset of students in your classes who you may not be connecting with right now. 

Today you will hear:

  • [01:55] Lauralee Moss’ background
  • [03:35] Why grammar is about more than what is wrong with a student’s writing
  • [04:15] How Lauralee empowers students with grammar instruction
  • [04:50] Why Lauralee doesn’t just teach grammar for 10 minutes a day–and what she does instead
  • [08:28] How Lauralee connects grammar to every component of her class

Click here to listen now!

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