Do I have to pay an annual subscription fee to use
It depends. If you are an individual or homeschool user, your purchase of Grammarlogues® comes with a standard perpetual use term. That is, you may use the current version of Grammarlogues.com indefinitely.
If you are a school, there is an annual subscription cost.
Grammarlogues® work on both Macs and PCs?
does Grammarlogues® allow teachers to differentiate
their teaching of grammar both within their classrooms and
across grade levels?
The classroom component of Grammarlogues® provides teaching
and practice slides for each grammar concept. The literary
examples on these slides range in difficulty to allow teachers
to differentiate their classroom instruction. Should one
example be too easy, simply click again to reveal a more
complex example. This same idea holds true for a concept
that might be initially taught at one grade level but reviewed
at another. We have intentionally chosen literary examples
that offer many layers of complexity. Our teacher's notes
highlight the layers of complexity and offer suggestions
for differentiation. Additionally, Grammarlogues®.com
provides multiple practice sets of varying levels of
difficulty for each grammatical concept in Grammarlogues®.
you provide some recommendations for implementing Grammarlogues®
in our curriculum?
HAVE STUDENTS SECURE A NOTEBOOK
We believe that grammar is most effectively taught through
daily mini-lessons that leverage prior knowledge. As
such, we strongly urge you to have your students secure
a notebook that they use exclusively for Grammarlogues®.
In so doing, your students will create a grammatical
resource that they can reference and build upon as their
knowledge of grammar expands.
A DAILY GRAMMAR ROUTINE
Because nearly every concept in Grammarlogues® has
both a “teaching slide” and a “practice
slide” (see the video tours of Grammarlogues®
by clicking here),
we recommend that you create a grammar routine for your
students. We have had tremendous success in opening
every class with a “teaching slide.” Students
come in, write down the grammarlogue, and then engage
in a class discussion about the featured concept. As
students become more comfortable with grammar, you’ll
find that you’re simply a moderator of their discussion.
In addition to the incredible benefit of students becoming
their own teachers, Grammarlogues® also provides
several other advantages: 1) By writing down the concept
first, students have the opportunity to mull over the
information and formulate questions before the discussion
occurs; 2) while the students are writing, you have
the chance to take note of where individual students
are emotionally and intellectually; and 3) you have
a few moments to take care of class peripherals (attendance,
EACH GRAMMAR LESSON
Grammarlogues® is designed to be as flexible as
your teaching style and schedule require. It can be
custom-tailored to meet your needs. If, for instance,
in a given class you don’t have time to discuss
a full slide, you can show only the first half of the
slide. All slides in Grammarlogues® easily allow
you to hide or highlight a given piece of information.
Don’t be afraid to let a particular dialogue (a
"grammarlogue," if you will) run over a couple
of classes. While we have designed the slides to take
between five and eight minutes, it is not unusual for
certain concepts to require additional attention. We
believe that these extended discussions are extremely
valuable and should be encouraged at every chance. Since
each group of students is different, you’ll move
through some concepts faster than others. The time you
spend on ensuring a solid grammar foundation will be
more than repaid when you start to teach the more nuanced
concepts. Regardless of the difficulty level of a given
slide, however, it is always beneficial to use the “practice
slides” and Grammarlogues®.com as reinforcements
to the teaching slides.
We strongly suggest that as your students work through
the “practice slides,” they write down only
the answers, not the questions. This will ensure expediency
and allow you to focus all attention on the application
of the grammar concept. When you assign further practice
exercises on this website (Grammarlogues®.com),
you can also choose to make any grammar concept’s
“practice slide” available to your students.
In this way, students can continue to hone their grammatical
skills and study for tests by using the hundreds of
practice sets available on www.Grammarlogues®.com.
every purchase of Grammarlogues® include both the software
and web components of Grammarlogues®?
you provide our school with a demonstration of Grammarlogues®?
Yes. Please inquire further by contacting info@Grammarlogues®.com.
I have a list of all of the texts and authors used in Grammarlogues®?
You can find this information by clicking on the AUTHOR LIST or TEXT LIST links located
in the gray navigation bar. Alternatively,
you may download them here:
of Texts in Grammarlogues®
of Authors in Grammarlogues®
does Grammarlogues® use literary examples to teach grammar?
Our steadfast belief in the value of grammar, particularly
as it informs us as both writers and readers, led us to
draw all of our grammatical examples from compelling literary
pieces. We have culled examples from as many literary genres,
time periods and geographies as possible to allow students
to experience a diversity of literature that rarely exists
in a single course. (Grammarlogues® includes excerpts
from more than 1320 literary texts and more than 900 authors,
including two-thirds of all Nobel Prize-winning authors,
three-fourths of all Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, and
all authors on the AP College Board’s recommended
wish to underscore the idea that while Shakespeare, Dickinson,
Emerson, Milton and the like may truly set the bar, literary
geniuses like Achebe, Heaney, Kawabata, Walcott, and Naipaul
are giving that bar cultures and colors it has lacked for
far too long. As Grammarlogues® becomes a mainstay of
your daily classroom curriculum, students will find themselves
intrigued by various excerpts and authors and, consequently,
seek out the texts on their own. Our MLA citations for each
and every literary excerpt allow this to happen with ease.
Grammarlogues® only for grammarians?
While Grammarlogues® provides both the depth and breadth
of any good instructional tool, it is designed to meet the
needs of both the “neophyte grammarian” and
the “grammarian’s grammarian.” Given the
dynamic nature of language, there are several areas where
grammarians are divided, or where old rules are being slowly
replaced by the informal rules of daily parlance. Where
this occurs, Grammarlogues® has taken a position and
noted the debate in the Teacher’s Notes. We urge you
to discuss these debates with your students.
Ultimately, our hope is that Grammarlogues® simplifies
the complexities of grammar and creates an environment where
the questions we ask about language are as important as
the answers we find. There is no denying that grammar has
a largely negative image. One of our main objectives at
Grammarlogues® is to remove any “elitist"
connotations associated with grammar and involve everyone
in the discussion. After all, more than just a select few
should have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty, the power,
the sheer versatility of the English language!
is Grammarlogues® a "renaissance in reading and
We believe—and we have found that students wholeheartedly
agree—that when grammar becomes a conversation that
is laced with real world examples, it is instantly imbued
with a life and vibrancy that is contagious. Suddenly, grammatical
concepts that students formerly despised and reluctantly
learned only for a quiz become ideas that literally transform
the way students write and read. Perhaps more importantly,
however, students develop the confidence necessary to successfully
wrestle with the complexities of language and learn to become
intentional with their diction. At Grammarlogues®, we
believe that a teacher’s greatest gift is to provide
students with the cognitive tools necessary to succeed in
and transform the world around them.
is NCTE's position on the teaching of grammar?
here to see NCTE's position on grammar.