Analytical Grammar teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage. It is designed to be taught in three grammar “seasons” (see timeline) over three years; however, it is flexible enough to be adapted to a one- or two-year schedule.
Analytical Grammar has been used successfully with all students from the learning disabled to the highly gifted. This innovative and logical method is not only extremely effective, but makes learning grammar fun.
Analytical Grammar is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach that will prepare your student for high school and college-level work. The home teacher does not need to be a grammar expert but can learn along with the student.
For content and timelines, read more below!
We also have optional DVD companions to use with Analytical Grammar. These feature Erin and Robin teaching the lessons and practicing with a few sentences from each unit. The DVDs will be a big help for those who either don’t have the time or feel they don’t have the background to teach Analytical Grammar on their own.
If you do the program straight through, you only need a teacher book and student work book. IF YOU PLAN TO BREAK UP THE PROGRAM OVER TWO OR THREE YEARS, YOU MUST USE THE REINFORCEMENT AND REVIEW BOOK AS WELL. Please don’t break the program up without using the R&R book.
Analytical Grammar covers:
- All the parts of speech and parts of the sentence
- Phrases and clauses
- Classic sentence diagramming
- Rules of punctuation and capitalization
- Common usage errors.
Analytical Grammar includes:
- Student notes
- Plenty of exercises to practice skills
- Tests to evaluate progress
- Complete answer keys and useful teacher notes
- Instructions for creating a Grammar Notebook which becomes a valuable reference resource
- An optional (sold separately) Review and Reinforcement workbook to keep skills sharp between “seasons.”
One of Analytical Grammar’s strengths is that you don’t have to teach it all year! We recommend breaking it up over three grammar ‘seasons.’ Below are two timelines to illustrate this. The 36 boxes represent the weeks in an average school year. Each unit in the program takes about a week to do. The “Rs” refer to exercises in the optional Reinforcement and Review book.
Here’s the unit breakdown:
- Units 1-10: Parts of speech, parts of the sentence and the basics of sentence diagramming
- Units 11-17: All the phrases and clauses (this completes the study of grammar)
- Units 18-35: All the rules of punctuation (commas, semi-colons, colons, quotations, etc.) and usage (who or whom, I or me, etc.)
If your student begins AG in either 6th or 7th grade, we recommend using this timeline:
If your student begins AG in 8th or 9th grade, we recommend this timeline:
If your student begins AG in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, it may be best to go through the program all in one year. In that case, you needn’t order the Review and Reinforcement book.
We now offer both traditional workbook and digital download versions of our program in our shop. Is one better than the other? It depends! Here’s our comparison chart.
One more thing! Analytical Grammar can be combined with our middle school writing course, Beyond the Book Report, for a fuller language arts experience! To see how, watch our video explanation below.