Write Rights: Daily Grammar
How to Use Write Rights
Write Rights resources ensure that you can meet the range of student needs in your classroom. Write Rights include a booklet cover page, student daily activity sheets and answer keys at four developmental levels, and student rule sheets that summarize key grammar skills at various points throughout the thirty-week cycle.
Write Rights daily activities are designed for you to print and hand out to each student. Students organize the activities into a booklet that they add to each day. Activity sheets have punch-hole marks at the top so that pages can be kept together using brass fasteners or rings.
Each day, display the projectable versions of answer sheets for students to self-correct the daily activities. The projectable can also be used for whole-class review of the daily activity.
Write Rules sheets feature engaging comic characters for two levels: The Grammarians for beginning through developing writers; The Grammar Sleuths for fluent writers. The characters in the rules sheets help students understand all the rules they apply in daily activities. Rules sheets are designed to be collected as a set and can be added to students' booklets alongside the activities they accompany. The Grammar Sleuths also appear in special comics for certain weeks to further teach or review skills.
Daily Grammar Lesson Archive
Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Quiz
Lessons 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Quiz
Lessons 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 - Quiz
Lessons 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 - Quiz
Lessons 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Quiz
Lessons 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 - Quiz
Lessons 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Quiz
Lessons 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 - Quiz
Lessons 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 - Quiz
Lessons 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 - Quiz
Lessons 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 - Quiz
Lessons 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 - Quiz
Lessons 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 - Quiz
Lessons 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 - Quiz
Lessons 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 - Quiz
Lessons 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 - Quiz
Lessons 81, 82, 83, 84 - Quiz
Lessons 86, 87, 88, 89, 90 - Quiz
Subject & Verb (Predicate)
Lessons 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 - Quiz
Lessons 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 - Quiz
Lessons 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 - Quiz
Lessons 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 - Quiz
Lessons 111, 112, 113, 114, 115 - Quiz
Lessons 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 - Quiz
Lessons 121, 122, 123, 124, 125 - Quiz
Lessons 126, 127, 128, 129, 130 - Quiz
Nouns of Address
Lessons 131, 132, 133, 134, 135 - Quiz
Lessons 136, 137, 138, 139, 140 - Quiz
Lessons 141, 142, 143, 144, 145 - Quiz
Lessons 146, 147, 148, 149, 150 - Quiz
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Welcome to Daily Grammar! Daily Grammar is a fun, convenient way to learn grammar. By simplifying complex grammar subjects, Daily Grammar is a great teaching tool for both public and home-schooled children, ESL students, and anyone needing to refresh English grammar skills. By practicing language rules, any person able to read will be able to master English grammar. To view Lesson 1, click here.
We provide a complimentary email service through the Daily Grammar Blog. We will post lessons to the blog Monday through Friday, with a quiz on Saturday. Any posts made to the blog will automatically be emailed to you. We also have a Twitter account that will have daily tweets with links to our lessons.
Daily Grammar consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes. Lessons 1-90 cover the eight parts of speech, which are verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Lessons 91-300 cover the parts of the sentence, such as appositives, predicate nominatives, direct objects, prepositional phrases, clauses, and verbals. Lessons 301-440 cover the mechanics of grammar, which is also known as capitalization and punctuation. Links to all of these grammar lessons and quizzes can be found on our archive page. We also have a helpful glossary, making it easy to find the definitions to a number of grammar terms.
We are proud to offer the Daily Grammar eBook and Workbook. The eBook and the Workbook contain all of the Daily Grammar lessons and quizzes.
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Daily Grammar is the brainchild of Pete Peterson, former Executive Vice President of Word Perfect. Pete wanted to find a way to easily teach grammar to those in need of lessons. In order to fulfill his wish, Pete sought out the help of Mr. Bill Johanson, a thirty-year English-teaching veteran.
Mr. Bill Johanson is the author of all the Daily Grammar lessons. He has taught high school and junior high school English classes for thirty years and has done a great job of preparing his students for college.
Teachers who teach in our public school system, have our permission to duplicate and use the Daily Grammar lessons in their classrooms so long as the copyright information is preserved.
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Daily Grammar Practice
Daily Grammar Practice courses for grades one through twelve present a method for teaching grammar that always teaches the elements of grammar and usage in context and requires only a little time each day. It would be best to use this series over a number of years since it builds gradually from level to level.
Each week, students work with one sentence, completing different activities with that sentence each day. Levels 1 through 4 use sentences written by the authors, but levels 5 through 12 use sentences from literary works in most lessons. First editions of these courses were called Grade 1, etc., but the second editions have dropped the word “Grade” leaving only a number. This is helpful since these books need not be used at particular grade levels.
The pattern of activities for Monday through Friday is identical through 30 weeks of lessons in each course. While the activities might seem daunting the first few weeks, they are likely to become more manageable as students become familiar with the routines. A brief paragraph on “teaching points” is at the top of each week’s lesson. Teaching points might include one or more concepts that require some explanation each week. This incremental method of introducing new concepts while continually practicing and applying what they have already learned helps students to truly master grammar.
The first week’s lesson in the first level begins with instructions to identify each noun (common noun, proper noun, and possessive noun), pronoun, interjection, adjective, preposition, and conjunction. (Note that all of these parts of speech except interjections are included in the Common Core requirements for first-grade level, but these are to be learned over the course of the year.) The second day, students identify action verbs as well as the noun or pronoun that is doing the action. On Wednesday, they determine which of the four types of sentences it is. On Thursday, they capitalize and punctuate the sentence, and on Friday they write their own sentence that contains specific parts of speech and is the same type of sentence as the sentence used for the rest of the week’s lessons. All of the activities for each week are presented on a single page.
While you can begin using the first level with first graders, I suspect that you might want to wait until at least the second semester of first grade so that you have time to lay some groundwork before jumping into this program. The sentence for the first week of the first level is presented to students as: “josh likes red apples.” You can see that this is a fairly simple sentence, so students need not worry about pronouns, interjections, prepositions, or conjunctions, yet many first graders at the beginning of the school year will need to learn about nouns, verbs, pronouns, and adjectives, capitalization, and punctuation before tackling this exercise. Of course, you can also wait until second grade or later to use the first level.
For all levels, the teacher guides suggest brief instruction or review during the first week of the school year before beginning lessons in Daily Grammar Practice (DGP). In the first level, there are “poster” pages with the names and definitions of some parts of speech. Clearly, you are expected to use these as teaching aids.
Each teacher guide and student workbook for all levels also has a section of “Help Pages” with brief notes on grammatical concepts that will be taught and reviewed. These are arranged under the days of the week on which they are applied which makes it easier to find what is needed quickly. The Help Pages are designed for students to learn as they go by referring to these pages for the information they need for each day's assignment. Help Pages include models of various sentence diagrams under “Friday Notes” for level 4 and above. Grammatical concept explanations on the Help Pages are brief bullet points rather than lessons, so they are most useful for reviewing concepts that students have already learned. Parents or teachers might need to go over some of these with students if they need additional explanation. However, working through the lessons with the Help Pages pushes students to figure things out on their own—an excellent way to really master the skills. Once students have a basic grasp of the parts of speech, simple punctuation, and capitalization, new concepts are introduced within the context of the DGP lessons as specified in the teaching points.
As you would expect, new concepts are taught at each level, and sentences become lengthier and more complex. Sentence diagrams are introduced for Friday’s activity beginning with the fourth level and are included in all subsequent levels. By the ninth level, students are identifying parts of speech and syntax for all words in the sentence. They also identify clauses and diagram complex sentences.
Two versions of a pre-test are included at the back of each teacher guide. These are almost identical to one another. The authors suggest that you might use one before beginning the course and the other at the end. Pre-tests ask some questions based on concepts that have not yet been taught, so students will likely miss at least a few items at the beginning of the course. (It seems to me that you might instead use a pre-test as a post-test although it doesn’t test every new concept taught that year.) There is also a Quiz Template that you can use at any point. The quiz follows the same progression as the daily activities for one week, although you would have a student complete it one sitting. You will insert your own sentence, which means you can use this template for more than one quiz if you wish.
Three explanatory chapters at the beginning of each teacher guide thoroughly explain how the program works and include helps such as the aforementioned grammar guide, explanations for each day’s activities, a “Marking Guide” that shows abbreviations and markups students will use on their sentences, and a reproducible list of the sentences used for all of the lessons that also includes the daily instructions for that level. While you can purchase inexpensive student workbooks, you are also given permission to copy the page(s) of sentences with instructions, the Marking Guide, and the Help Pages to hand out to students. Students can then copy the sentence each day and follow the directions, most likely working on lined paper. Teacher guides show the answers for each entire week on a single page.
At younger levels, teachers or parents need to work more closely with children than at upper levels. At all levels, some teaching is required since teaching points are only in the teacher guides. However, students should gradually be able to complete more and more of their work independently.
In “Some Words of Caution” in Chapter two of each teacher guide, the authors stress that teachers and parents “must know grammar well to teach it well.” Teaching points tell you what to teach but not how to teach it. For example, the first week of the fifth level says, “Discuss capitalization rules, the use of the apostrophe to show possession, and prepositional phrases” (p. 23). Parents or teachers can refer to the brief notes in the Help Pages, but unless they are really familiar with each topic, this might not be enough guidance for presenting these topics to students.
The authors recommend that those who are weak on grammar study the Help Pages before teaching a course. The authors also recommend that the parent or teacher also practice completing the exercises with the student sentences before trying to teach to make sure that they understand each lesson and can explain to students if necessary. DGP requires more from the teacher than do some grammar courses because instructions for teaching new material are not detailed.
DGP Academy Video Teaching
For parents or teachers who need help with the teaching, there are now DGP Academy videos with daily instruction for all of the lessons—150 videos per level. The instruction is presented by the series author Dawn Burnette. You can watch these brief lessons (about three minutes each) to learn how to teach each lesson yourself, or you can have students watch. Students should have worked on the day's assignment on their own before watching the video or being instructed. If you use DGP Academy videos, you still need the teacher and student books.
You purchase access to the videos one grade level at a time, and your access does not expire. The purchase price includes a free printed copy of the corresponding teacher's edition.
Advanced Second Editions
Second editions of the books for grades six through twelve are also available. Rather than replacing the first editions, these offer more challenging work. While they address the same grammar skills, they draw on literature for the sentences. These sentences are lengthier and use more sophisticated language. To contrast the difference, here is the sentence for the first week of the first edition ninth grade book: "Their team will practice after school." The corresponding sentence in the second edition book is, "What's the object of your journey, sir?"
DGP Bible Versions
Dawn Burnette has written a parallel series of DGP Bible Versions, presented in Levels I through VI. These courses use Bible verses (from both the NKJV and NIV versions) and Bible-related sentences for study each week.
While the author says that students as young as ages six or seven might use Level I, the scope and sequence for that level appears to be about third or fourth grade. Burnette says that she intentionally labeled this series as levels rather than grades since most students without a strong grammar foundation that includes sentence diagramming will need to start in Level I. In this level, students identify various types of nouns, personal pronouns, adjectives, action verbs, linking verbs, simple subjects, and simple predicates, and interjections. They begin with sentence diagrams that include adjectives, continuing through sentences with prepositional phrases and compound objects. DGP Bible Version Level VI compares with level 12 in the regular version.
This parallel series is very similar in structure to the other series with just a few minor differences. The scope and sequence does not line up exactly between the two series, there are no pre-tests in the Bible Versions, and each teacher guide includes a two-page list for the teacher that contains each week’s sentence with the teaching points for that week. The last feature is especially helpful since it makes it easy to look ahead to see what new information is taught each week.
DGP Publishing has apps for the basic Daily Grammar Practice books. These are interactive programs and activities cannot be printed. Students work entirely online. I haven't reviewed them, but they are inexpensive and might be a great option. Check the publisher's website for more information.
In some ways, DGP looks like Daily Grammar (the companion courses for Easy Grammar), but it is different in purpose and design. While Daily Grammar is designed to reinforce and review material previously taught in a comprehensive grammar course, Daily Grammar Practice is intended to be both your primary source of instruction and your method for regular review and practice. So don’t confuse these two series of courses with similar titles.
DGP courses are challenging and thought-provoking. Students have to really think to complete most of the activities.
I think Daily Grammar Practice will work best for homeschooling parents who are relatively confident in their grammatical knowledge and who have had at least some prior experience with sentence diagrams.
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Daily Grammar Practice Overview
What is Daily Grammar Practice?
Daily Grammar Practice is a unique, highly successful, research-based approach to helping students understand, apply, and actually remember grammar concepts. The program is thorough and effective, yet surprisingly simple to implement. Daily Grammar Practice is not "fluffy," and it's not a "quick fix." It is a simple, logical process that actually moves grammar concepts to long-term memory so that students can apply the concepts to their writing.
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How Does Daily Grammar Practice Work?
The key to Daily Grammar Practice is its organization. Most methods are organized by concept--a lesson on nouns, a lesson on verbs. Daily Grammar Practice pulls all the concepts together so students always see the big picture. Daily Grammar Practice is also daily. Other "daily" grammar programs require students to apply grammar skills by correcting errors in sentences. However, students can't apply what they don't understand.
Daily Grammar Practice helps students understand the basics of grammar and mechanics so that they can get the most out of lessons in usage and writing. Daily Grammar Practice works like a daily grammar vitamin. It gives students one sentence per week to work with. Each day, students have a different task to accomplish with the week's sentence. At the beginning of each class, you go over the day's assignment.
Students correct any errors they have made and ask any questions they may have. You explain any new concepts that the sentence presents. The whole process takes a couple of minutes, and you're ready to move on with class. Students learn through daily repetition and discovery. You don't have to do any other grammar exercises--ever. You may be wondering how students can possibly learn everything they need to know about grammar and mechanics with only one sentence per week. Here's why:
Less is more. They really take these sentences apart and understand every aspect of them.
Concepts are broken into small parts, but the program is organized in a way that allows students to see how all of the parts fit together. Concepts are then revisited on a daily basis so that they aren't forgotten.
The sentences they're working with aren't just random sentences. They're intentionally loaded with specific concepts at specific times. They start simple and get increasingly difficult. Concepts that students should have mastered at their grade level appear in early sentences and appear often. More difficult concepts appear later.
What Do You Need To Get Started?
All you really need to use Daily Grammar Practice in your classroom is a teacher's guide. Students can use optional student workbooks, or they can work with photocopies of the help pages and sentence lists found in the teacher's guide. Optional CDs allow teachers to project each day's sentence for instructional purposes. Teachers can also project student workbooks with a document camera, or they can write the sentences on the board.
What is DGP Academy?
If you are a teacher who wants to be more prepared to answer your students’ questions, or if you are a student working through DGP on your own at home without a teacher to help you, DGP Academy is perfect for you!
DGP Academy provides short video lessons (about 1-5 minutes each) to accompany each day of Daily Grammar Practice. Dawn Burnette, creator of DGP, walks you through every sentence, explaining all of the concepts and answering questions that students and teachers often ask. It’s like having an expert as your own personal instructor!
To utilize the DGP Academy videos, teachers still need a copy of the teacher’s guide, and students still need either workbooks or photocopied help pages and sentence lists from the teacher’s guide. Video access also requires you to create a free account on our website at checkout. Note that the videos are streams, not downloads, so you can show them in a live online class but can't post them to your online platform for students to watch later.
View sample videos on our blog post.
What Others Say About Us"I have used DGP for years in my classroom, and it works. Although the current way of thinking in education discounts the use of explicit grammar instruction, my experience reveals that DGP is much more than teaching grammar. My students learn to use their notes to uncover the mysteries of each new sentence. They learn to look at what they have already done each day of the week to help them with the diagram. The curriculum teaches them to refer back to something they already learned. Diagramming the sentence is the reward at the end of the week, the puzzle that can only be completed if students have paid attention all week long. It is a thinking exercise, and a valuable life skill. My students have a weekly quiz, different words, but the same sentence structure we analyzed all week, and they can use their notes. This is how we determine who is paying attention in class and who is learning. Again, students can use their notes, which encourages them to utilize resources, a real life skill. There is nothing more exciting in class than to observe students flipping through their notes to extract information, or looking at previous work during the week to help them complete the day's work. This is valuable, but it isn't "sexy," and people who have bought into the "grammar is old school" idea have no idea that Daily Grammar Practice is not only about teaching grammar, but also about teaching thinking, organizing the mind to utilize previous knowledge in order to move forward. My students benefit from DGP, so I'm willing to take the heat. I love DGP."
Caroline M, 7th grade teacher, Georgia
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