Document Type

Event

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

Honors Thesis Committee

Gloria Jones, Ph.D.; Amanda Hiner, Ph.D.; and Jane Smith, Ph.D.

Location

DIGS 114

Description

Prior to 2015, grammar in the South Carolina standards only required students to learn basic sentence types and mechanics. However, the introduction of Common Core into the state standards now requires much more thorough instruction. But is that instruction taking place? Gartland and Smolkin define grammar as “a set of rules that explain how a system operates, and in language, this system typically refers to syntax (the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language) and morphology (the study of how words are formed in a language).” Proper grammar instruction is essential for students to be able to find success in academic writing. Unfortunately, more and more professors find that students struggle to write basic sentences by the time that they enter college. The purpose of my study was to discover the effectiveness of grammar instruction in South Carolina and to find ways of making that instruction more effective. To do this, I administered surveys to students and teachers throughout the state to determine their perception of the instruction. In several 9th grade classes, I also administered pre-tests and post-tests to determine student progress following instruction. At the end of the study, I have determined that, while students showed marginal improvement after grammar instruction, more varied and intensive instruction is needed throughout the state and in all grade levels if students are to meet the level of writing required for a professional career.

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Grammar Implementation in the Classroom

DIGS 114

Prior to 2015, grammar in the South Carolina standards only required students to learn basic sentence types and mechanics. However, the introduction of Common Core into the state standards now requires much more thorough instruction. But is that instruction taking place? Gartland and Smolkin define grammar as “a set of rules that explain how a system operates, and in language, this system typically refers to syntax (the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language) and morphology (the study of how words are formed in a language).” Proper grammar instruction is essential for students to be able to find success in academic writing. Unfortunately, more and more professors find that students struggle to write basic sentences by the time that they enter college. The purpose of my study was to discover the effectiveness of grammar instruction in South Carolina and to find ways of making that instruction more effective. To do this, I administered surveys to students and teachers throughout the state to determine their perception of the instruction. In several 9th grade classes, I also administered pre-tests and post-tests to determine student progress following instruction. At the end of the study, I have determined that, while students showed marginal improvement after grammar instruction, more varied and intensive instruction is needed throughout the state and in all grade levels if students are to meet the level of writing required for a professional career.

 

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