Grammar Basics Click on the portals below to view video lessons and download resources. Pre-lesson Primer Celebrating Difference LESSON 1 Helpful Determiners Who knew that those tiny words before a noun could do so much! LESSON 2 More Helpful Determiners Without determiners sentences go to the dogs in this delightful story from HelpTeaching.com. LESSON 3 Determined Pronouns Sometimes pronouns are part of the noun. Sometimes they replace the noun. Learn why at the Primary English Lab. Lesson 4 Nouns Rock! Rock your nouns at the School House! Lesson 5 Single to Plural? How but? Create sentences that demonstrate singular or plural nouns. Lesson 6 Plural Pronouns Plural pronouns go with plural nouns. That makes sense. Wait – what? Lesson 7 Start a Collection What are we collecting? Nouns of course! Lesson 8 Collective Nouns in Sentences A quirky little story helps us learn how to create sentences with collective nouns. Lesson 9 Collective Noun and Verb Agreement Policy Plural and singular collective nouns are also a ‘thing’ – or should that be ‘things’’? Lesson 10 Common and Proper Nouns Capital or not to capital … that’s the question. Lesson 11 Pronouns, Common and Proper Agreement Create noun groups with possessive determiners and pronouns. Yer, you will. Lesson 12 Capital Letter Rules – Once and for all!! Let’s get every student in Australia starting their sentences with a capital letter! Are you with me?! Lesson 13 Identify Compound Nouns The ‘how’ and ‘what’ of recognising compound nouns. Lesson 14 Making Up Compound Nouns Compound nouns keep the English language updated – let’s see how. Lesson 15 Compound Adjectives What are compound adjectives – and even better – how can you make up some of your own? Great strategy for creating value-laden sentences. Lesson 16 Countable and Uncountable Nouns We can count on nouns to name all our understandings, ideas and feelings but, can we count them? Lesson 17 Phrases Containing Countable and Uncountable Nouns Determiners give the clue to whether your noun is countable or uncountable. But, what if we want to create a phrase? Lesson 18 Determiners Can Count Have your download ready (one per student) to play this ‘video’ game. Hit pause if it goes to fast. Lesson 19 Identify Abstract and Concrete Nouns Use the ‘Concrete Noun Sensory Organiser’ to build descriptive vocabulary and watch AJ create a descriptive paragraph. Lesson 20 Origins of concepts ‘Concrete’ and ‘Abstract’ Understanding why words were created in the first place helps us understand ‘abstract’ concepts like ‘nouns’. Lesson 21 Abstract Noun Poem Prepare to create a descriptive poem. Have ready your completed ‘Abstract Noun Poem Planning Sheets’ from last lesson. Lesson 22 Identify Pronouns Get to know how useful these simple, yet often neglected words can be. AJ demonstrates how pronouns link sentences and ideas. Lesson 23 Types of Pronouns Hardworking pronouns rid sentences of repetition and link main nouns (idea/subject) with the support noun (antecedent/object). Have your Heart Word Inventory ready. Lesson 24 Types of Pronouns Continued Taking the time to understand abstract concepts like ‘pronouns’ can be fun. Have the game download ready to play. Lesson 25 Action Verbs Action verbs get our nouns motivated! Select the best verbs to describe the action before you create a sentence. Lesson 26 Auxiliary Verbs Known as helper verbs, we will use them, as well as our Heart Words Inventory list, as well as the exercise from last lesson, to join nouns and verbs into sentences. Lesson 27 Modal verbs Who knew modal verbs are auxiliary verbs? Use them to subtly change meaning in influencing ways. Lesson 28 Forming Contractions Forming contractions was never this much fun when I was at school. Have you got the contraction dress code? Lesson 29 Regular Verb Tense Grammar rules help with understanding the big picture. However, ‘hands on’ creating sentences, trains the brain to recognize the word formulas. So, let’s write something ‘brain-trainy’! Lesson 30 Irregular Verb Tenses …and you thought regular verb tenses were weird… Lucky David is around to help us understand. Lesson 31 What is an Adjective? Select and use words to create descriptions of appearance, personality and emotion. And, with so much to say, the paragraphs will write themselves. Lesson 32 Adjectives and Nouns Together Form Phrases Creating adjectival phrases is lots of fun if you try to keep the order. Even more fun when you don’t! Lesson 33 Compare Nouns with Adjectives Revise the order of adjectives before we learn the suffixes that help us compare noun attributes. Lesson 34 What is an Adverb? Who knew we could say so much with adverbs. You will need your Heart Words Inventory for this one. Lesson 35 What are Adverbial Phases? Revise adverbs before creating compound and complex sentences containing adverbial phrases. Lesson 36 Use Adverbs and Adverbial Phrases Selectively Revise and practise using adverbs and adverbial phrases as you play two games. Get your downloads ready! Lesson 37 What is a Preposition? Prepositional phrases will write themselves after you learn how easy it can be. Lesson 38 What is a Prepositional Phrase? Use prepositions like bridges, to connect your main noun (main idea) with support nouns (supporting ideas). Have your download ready! Lesson 39 Prepositional Phrase are Everywhere! Rock your world of nouns with prepositional phrases and let those sentences roll! Lesson 40 What are Conjunctions? What does FANBOYS have to do with coordinating conjunction clauses? What is a conjunction anyway? And what is it coordinating? And since we’re asking – what’s a clause? Lesson 41 Umm … Can We Have That Again, Please? Practise makes perfect when it comes to creating simple, compound and complex sentences. Lesson 42 Sentences that Create Impact Use a combination of simple, compound and complex sentences to create paragraphs with impact and get ready to influence while you entertain. That’s the hallmark of successful writing. Lesson 43 What are Interjections! Turn your interjections into wall art! Awesome! Lesson 44 Interjections Inject Emotion Use interjections to create sentences with emotion. Lesson 45 Characters Interjected! Create dialogue using interjections.