Ch 1: Grammar & Usage: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1

About This Chapter

Read about video lessons aligned with the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1 standard. Learn how to include these lessons in the classroom by reading about topics covered, lesson outcomes, and tips for incorporating videos into specific teaching sessions.

Standard: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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Students who have grasped the content of this core standard are able to identify and use personal pronouns, recognize and create parallel sentence structure, and formulate and utilize different kinds of clauses and phrases. In addition, they understand the purpose and appropriate usage of more complicated pronoun types.

This standard's lessons address the following topics:

  • Understanding the importance of parallelism and how to utilize it
  • Recognizing and correctly using personal pronouns
  • Knowing when and how to use reflexive, interrogative, possessive, and relative pronouns
  • Distinguishing between dependent and independent clauses
  • Identifying relative, adverbial, and noun clauses
  • Using various types of phrases (such as adjectival, gerund, prepositional, etc.)

Understanding of these lessons shows up in students' ability to write complete and well-constructed sentences. Students are also able to use correct case when employing pronouns and choose the proper form of more nuanced pronoun types. This awareness of language and sentence structure lends itself to writing that is free of grammatical mistakes and accurately conveys what students are aiming to say.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are some strategies for using these tutorials to complement instruction in the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1 standard:

Parallelism Lessons

Watch the parallelism lesson as a class, or assign it to students as homework. During a class session, display examples of sentences that lack parallel structure and ask the students as a group for suggestions about how to correctly rephrase them. Then provide students with pairs of sentences and have them identify by themselves which one demonstrates parallelism.

Complex Pronoun Lessons

Show the video on relative, reflexive, etc., pronouns in class. Then offer students sentences with blanks where these types of pronouns would be. Provide two pronoun options for each blank, and ask the students to choose the correct one.

Lessons in Identifying and Composing Clauses

After viewing the independent and dependent clauses video, give students a list of clauses and ask them to identify whether they are dependent or independent. Then, for each example, ask students to form either a complete or a more specific sentence by writing a new clause of the other type to join with the clause already provided.

Lessons in Using Phrases

Assign the lesson on types of phrases as homework. During the next class lecture, show students a painting alongside some generic sentences that describe it. Invite the students to create phrases to add to the sentences to make them more descriptive of what the painting actually looks like. As each phrase is offered, see if the student can identify what type it is so the class can see how different kinds of phrases can be used to improve communication.

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