Here’s a great answer to the question, “Why do we study grammar?” It’s written by James J. Kilpatrick.
– Here’s the grammar home page at Love to Learn Place
– Prepositions in black and white (literally); this is serious stuff from Shenandoah University. Great!
– Now that I think about it, here’s the link to Shenandoah University’s Writing Center. It’s all good!
– Graycie and her preposition idea: fantastic!
From the post:
When I was a wriggly freshman like my students, prepositions were taught as follows: “In your grammar book there is a list of fifty prepositions. Memorize them for a test. You will take the test until you score 100%.”
This did not happen to me. I was never taught grammar in school because we moved so much. That’s another post.
When I teach prepositions now, it goes like this: First I terrorize them with the tale of How It Was Back In The Day. Then I let them off the hook by explaining, “A preposition is a word that tells you ‘anywhere a mouse can run.’ A preposition never travels alone; it is always followed by a noun or a pronoun. You only have to memorize one.” (Anyone out there know which one that is?)
We talk over a few exampoles such as: A mouse can run under the desk. A mouse can run past Aunt Judy. They divide into groups of two or three and come up with as many different prepositions as they can. After about fifteen minutes, I fasten a long strip of paper to the wall near the ceiling, climb onto something, and we make a combined list of the class’ prepositions. The goal, of course, is fifty.