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Language Arts: Grammar Matters

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Open to: Grades 3-12 (See specific course description)

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal score for Building Blocks and From Structure to Style (NCAA Approved); Qualifying verbal and/or math score for Grammar FUNdamentals. [Note: While students are not required to be verbal qualifiers, they do need to be ready to take on challenging assignments. Grammar FUNdamentals is not remedial and requires proficiency in English writing.] 

Course Format: Web-based classroom

Course Length: Session-based: (See course description for specific length)
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A deep understanding of grammatical structure allows students to make informed choices about style. In Building Blocks, the lessons and exercises encourage 3rd and 4th grade students to think like linguists to discover how the parts of speech and sentence patterns can be used to build effective sentences. Grammar FUNdamentals for 5th and 6th grade students covers a broad range of topics to meet current middle-school grammar standards, and reinforces lessons with grammar games, puzzles, and tests. From Structure to Style (NCAA Approved) encourages students in 7th grade and above to write analytically about grammatical usage working in an online collaborative community, and then apply the analysis to their own creative writing.

All three courses include writing assignments critiqued by CTY instructors to give students the opportunity to practice their grammar prowess. Students emerge from these courses understanding how their grammatical choices can affect the quality of their prose. Students typically work at least every other day (fall, early spring, mid spring, early summer) or daily (intensive mid summer). For more information, including reviews, visit the course descriptions. Please note that Grammar FUNdamentals is not offered during the 5-week intensive midsummer session.