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The changes in the curriculum are imminent, but it's not quite all set in stone yet. So while the specs are being typed up, it's best to get on with something that's here to stay: teaching grammar.
I've chosen some resources that will hopefully dispel the dreary stigma that this topic is likely to stir up.
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Helen Stacey
Teachit Editor

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Teaching ideas

While going in cold and teaching a one-off lesson on a grammatical rule is unlikely to go down very well, you may well be looking at getting an idea of your students' ability to construct sentences and where the issues lie.

A great starting point to do so is the resource Supersize your sentences. Beautifully flexible, you can differentiate up by including the names of word classes or by adding more challenging vocabulary. Differentiate down by removing some of the words themselves.

After using this activity once, you can then focus on specific grammatical features later in the term, once you know the problem areas for individual students. Give them the homework task of creating their own word list after some research too!

And since the start of term is the time for sticking in anything that might help throughout the year, you may find use for a Connectives writing placemat. The resource is differentiated so you can choose the most appropriate mat for each student.

SPaG collection

Both of the resources I've featured are part of our growing set of resources for teaching spelling, punctuation and grammar, the SPaG collection. You'll find teaching ideas, worksheets, correction exercises and plenty of Literacy across the curriculum resources.

Grammar posters

These friendly, example-led posters are the ideal addition to your classroom walls.

In this set of 10 posters, the acclaimed linguist David Crystal has chosen a step by step approach to how grammar works in context. They are a perfect teaching aid to help KS3-5 students understand word classes and ways to construct sentences.

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Teaching Romantic and Victorian literature


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From Jane Austen and William Blake to Charlotte Brontë and Oscar Wilde, explore iconic authors from the 18th and 19th centuries on the British Library’s new website, Discovering Literature.

Featuring lesson plans, short films and contextual material, Discovering Literature will help with:

- Planning GCSE and A Level English schemes of work
- Teaching historical context
- Making connections between literary texts and authors

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