Grammar and Usage
Why teach children grammar and usage? The primary reason is supposedly to
improve their writing. There is an extensive body of research, spanning
many years, that focuses on grammar and usage (Hillocks & Smith, 1991).
The overall conclusion from all of this research is that the study of grammar
has no impact on writing quality (Hillocks & Smith, 1991). What children
and young adults need to know about grammar and usage they learn best through
writing (Hillocks, 1984, 1987). If students have difficulty with a particular
element of grammar or usage in their writing, the teacher can teach a brief
mini-lesson focusing on this element, using the student's writing or a piece
of literature to model the element (Cooper, 1993).
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