The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 4

Notes and Lesson Plans

Grammar & Sentence Analysis
updated April 2, 2023

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Notes from Dragons & Grammar - 2021

I'm adding the worksheets I've created to the Ruzuku course. I'm sharing them as PDFs which you can print, along with their answer keys. These are exercises for symbolizing parts of speech using the Grammar Stencil and the colored pencils, as well as exercises for Sentence Analysis.

I've done advanced punctuation as part of Composition: Personal Narratives, but if you only have time for one Language Arts block in this year, you can add it in to Grammar & Sentence Analysis.

    review basic punctuation marks (period, comma, question mark, exclamation point)

    apostrophe for contractions

    apostrophe for possession

      Montessori Research & Development Word Study Set #3
      P1 and P2 - Apostrophe for Singular Possessive
      P3 through P8 - Apostrophe for Plural Possessive

      Whose Truck? by Toni Buzzeo & Jim Datz is useful for singular/plural possessives

      the lineworkers'
      the firefighters'
      the highway maintenance workers'
      the EMTs'
      the crane operator's (singular -- there is only one operator)
      the broadcast team's (irregular plural noun ending without s)

    Dragon Grammar worksheet 5

      singular and plural possessive


      The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg

      by Bill Peet

      look for places where there are semicolons

      look for places where there are comma splices and a semicolon is needed (pp.16 and 23)

    Dragon Grammar worksheet 6

      comma splice


    children are very familiar with this piece of punctuation nowadays because it's used for drop down menus in Zoom and phones show an ellipsis when someone's writing you a message


    discuss the less common use of a semicolon for a list (only used when one or more items in the list contains a comma)

    make up a set of lined index cards with the piece of punctuation drawn on the blank side, and the name of it and how it is used on the lined side

    discuss ampersand and add it to the pile of index cards


      do parentheses exercises from Clocca Concepts box

      add parentheses to the pile of index cards

    discuss dash and add it to the pile of index cards

      a useful example of the difference between dash and parentheses, from A Toy Garden:

      Fortune-Telling with Wax - New Year's Activity Kit

      " Molybdomancy -- the practice of telling the future by observing the molten properties of lead -- and ceromancy -- telling the future from identifying shapes formed by melted wax in water -- have been used for thousands of years in many cultures, dating back to ancient Celtic and Roman times. More commonly known today as Bleigiessen (lead pouring), or Wachsgiessen (wax pouring), this ancient form of divination is still performed in many Nordic and German-speaking countries as a part of traditional Silvester, or New Year, celebrations. "

    still to do:
    quotation marks

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