Table of Contents

From the book: The Sentence Sounds a Melody - English Grammar for the Upper Grades

Grammar for the Upper Grades

Table of Contents

Introduction: Grammar and Childhood Development 1

How to Use the Lessons in this Book 3

Lesson Plan for the Sixth Grade 4

The Musical Word 5

Daily Speech Exercises 6

Everyday Speech: Misused Words and Expressions 8

Proper Usage? 8

How Language Evolves: French Contributions to English 9

Lessons on Misused Words and Expressions 11

Vocabulary through Homonym Riddles 18

A Master List of Common Homonyms 19

Reviewing the Eight Basic Parts of Speech 22

Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives,

Conjunctions, Interjections, and Prepositions

The Sentence Sounds a Melody 24

Independent and Dependent Clauses 28

Conjunction Connectors 30

The Eight Basic Parts of the Sentence 31

Predicate Nominative, Predicate Adjective, Appositive

Subject, Predicate, Direct and Indirect Objects,

Object of the Preposition

Correct Usage: Problematic Pronouns 37

Nominative, Objective and Possessive Cases

Writing: Choosing Vivid Descriptive Verbs 39

Verbs and their Tenses 40

The Continuous Tense 40

The Perfect Tense 41

Irregular Verbs 42

To Boldly Split the Infinitive or Not 43

Active and Passive Voice 45

The Subjunctive Mood 46

Reviewing Punctuation 48

Capitals and Capitols 50

When and Where to Use Commas 51

Colons and Semi-Colons 53

Quotations: Direct and Indirect 55

Writing Skills for Practical Life 56

Correction Symbols for Compositions 56

Taking Notes and Outlining a Composition 57

Business Letters 59

Essays and Reports 60

The Word Association Method 61

Vocabulary Building with Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots 63

Learning to Navigate the Dictionary 63

Master List of Prefixes and Roots 64

Common Suffixes 67

Appendix: The Most Commonly Misspelled Words 68

Bibliography 69