During the summer of 2018, we reexamined our approach to the teaching of grammar. We recognized the need to teach grammar in a way that develops habits of fluency and supports engagement among students. The book, The Power of Grammar, by Mary Ehrenworth and Vicki Vinton, was studied and referenced as grammar instruction was redesigned.
Teachers and administrators identified a comprehensive list of key conventions that grades K-9 would teach each year using four methods of instruction: direct instruction, inquiry, apprenticeship and extravaganza. Grammar instruction is not limited to the editing stage, but is taught earlier in the writing process in order to foster stronger writing habits. Lessons have been incorporated into existing writing units and are currently being piloted across all grades.