Junior Analytical Grammar is a program intended to introduce the ideas of English grammar to younger students. It is designed to be taught in an 11-week grammar “season” in either 4th or 5th grade. Created in response to parent requests for grammar materials for younger students, it covers the same material found in the first ten units of Analytical Grammar, but the exercises are shorter and the reading level is lower.
Junior Analytical Grammar is also more “interactive” as far as the parent is concerned. Rather than the student reading notes, the “notes” are really a series of questions and activities designed to help the child understand the grammatical concepts.
The program is divided into 11 units; each takes about a week to go through. Each unit builds on the one before, so students use what they’ve already learned to master the next concept. For contents and timelines, read below.
AFTER you complete Junior Analytical Grammar, you can move onto Junior Analytical Grammar: Mechanics.
Junior Analytical Grammar: Mechanics has been written in response to frequent requests from our customers for instruction in punctuation, capitalization, and usage designed for children younger than those who are in the third “season” of Analytical Grammar. Many punctuation rules are based on a knowledge of advanced grammar, such as is covered in the second “season” of Analytical Grammar; however, we have pulled together those punctuation, capitalization, and usage rules which students with a thorough understanding of basic grammar can comprehend.
Junior Analytical Grammar: Mechanics consists of 15 week-long units and is recommended for students who have completed either Junior Analytical Grammar or the first “season” of Analytical Grammar. As is the case with all our grammar instruction, each unit builds on the previous one in a “spiral” approach.
Our junior versions are a gentle, easy introduction to the concepts of English grammar, punctuation, and usage. They are straightforward to teach and fun for both teacher and student.
We also have optional DVD companions to use with Junior Analytical Grammar and Junior Analytical Grammar: Mechanics. These will 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 AG on their own.
Junior Analytical Grammar covers:
All the parts of speech, five sentence patterns, and parts of a sentence
Classic sentence diagramming
Junior Analytical Grammar: Mechanics covers:
Six comma rules
Titles, Dialogue, Quotations, and Possessives
Usage units on agreements and word choice
Junior Analytical Grammar and Junior Analytical Grammar: Mechanics include:
Teacher “talking points” for students
Plenty of exercises to practice skills
Tests to evaluate progress
Complete answer keys and useful (but brief!) teacher notes
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.