Grammar Wednesday

Hey!  Remember these?

I’m teaching a class at CHS that is essentially a review of grammar, followed up by an in-depth investigation of basics of the writing process (we haven’t gotten to that yet, though… more on that later).  Because I’m teaching grammar again, I decided to dust off the weekly Grammar Wednesday feature.  You’ll be about a few weeks behind my students – we meet every day – but I’m figuring that, by the end of the semester, I’ll have my entire lesson plan for the course mapped out in a series of Wednesday posts.  Cool, right?

Okay, so we started with nouns:

NOUNS are words that name a person, place, thing, or idea.  There are many different types of nouns:

common nouns name a non-specific thing – book, table, city
proper nouns name a specific thing and are always capitalized – Lake Huron, Washington DC, Mrs. Chili
count nouns are things we can count and put a number on – people, cars, trees
non count nouns are things we can measure but don’t count – snow, dirt, money
singular one – school ,and plural nouns  many – schools
collective nouns name a group of individuals – herd, flock, school, committee.  Make the distinction here about what verb to use to agree with the action of that group – if the group behaves AS a group, the singular verb is used;  “the staff gives workshops on Thursday” means that the whole staff works together to present the workshops where “the staff give workshops on Thursday” means that the individual members of the staff give workshops separately.  If you’re not sure, switch out the noun for the correct pronoun; if the group is acting as a whole, use “it;” if the individuals are acting separately, use “they,” then decide which verb you need.
concrete nouns name tangible things –  bike, metal, tree
abstract nouns name ideas, concepts, or feelings – love, anger, fear, faith
possessive nouns show belonging, and are usually identified with an apostrophe-s to distinguish them from plural nouns- cow’s, mother’s, school’s

Next week, VERBS!

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2 responses to “Grammar Wednesday

  1. I’m always amazed at the lack of basic knowledge there is about grammar. It reminds me of when I was in my first year English class and one of the students asked what a pronoun was. The professor was a little dumbstruck. He was openmouthed for about ten seconds and then proceeded to explain it because he realized the student was serious. I ended up tutoring the same student and one other later in the term about the difference between dependant and independant clauses. C’est dommage, n’est-ce pas?

  2. I enjoyed this post. I was unaware of the numerous classes of nouns!

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