Why Grammar?

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Grammar teaches students to make clear distinctions and to use words precisely, and in doing so encourages clear and cogent thinking.  In turn these skills lend solidity, authority, and elegance to writing. – Robert Louis Wilken, PhD   University of Virginia

St. William of York Catholic School embraces grammar study as the first and most important of the liberal arts.  As the ordering principle of language, it is essential for nurturing competent communicators.  We teach English grammar in at least four ways:

  1. Through memorization of language patterns, read aloud, dictation, and copy work.
  2. Through our “Fix-it” program from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)
  3. In the context of our Teaching Writing: Structure and Style” writing program from IEW.
  4. Through Latin study

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