The goal of this class is to intentionally focus on grammar for 7 weeks over the summer so that students will make less mistakes in their writing when they take English during the school year. I try to make sense of the confusing grammar rules!
This 7-week minicourse is scheduled for Summer Session 2, (July-August) but it is very flexible. Students will have access to the class beginning in June in case they want to get a head start on the class before the official start date, and then take off a week later in the summer. Each day we focus on a different skill in English grammar. On Tuesday through Friday, students watch a 15-20 minute video and complete a practice exercise. During class on Monday, they’ll have opportunity to ask questions and review before taking the quiz for that set of lessons. Additional resources are given in case students need extra practice.
Who should enroll?
7th-8th graders is the target audience, but high school students that need more practice in grammar are also welcome.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Most of the questions on each exercise are automatically graded by Canvas, but a few require writing sentences so that I review all of their answers. I give additional feedback about any mistakes students have made, especially when I see patterns of errors. All but the quizzes are set up so that they can be taken more than once; students are encouraged to review their mistakes and repeat the exercise to show improved understanding whenever needed.
Parents can email me for a diagnostic test for each level if they are unsure which is the right level course for their student. I will send each parent a progress report at the end of the mini-course term. Parents are welcome to contact me at any time if they have concerns or questions, and I will contact parents if students aren’t keeping up with the work.