Use of Back Arrow to Teach Grammar

I just picked up a nice little detail about reading stories. As you prepare the reading from the story, make deliberate mistakes, three or four per paragraph.

Tell the kids, “There are three mistakes in the first paragraph.” They start looking for them. When someone finds one, fix it.

Each time they find one, fix it.

Then at the end of the fixes for each paragraph, go back with the back arrow and let them see the mistakes happen and unhappen with the back and front arrows. Hitting the forward arrow takes it back to the correct grammar.

Back arrow/forward arrow allows them to pick out mistakes. All kind of variations are possible.

What I like about it is that you can just hit the arrow without using grammar terminology, which is the fastest way to lose a class next to running out of the room as fast as you can.

It’s fun for everybody who has a grammar mindset like me, a nice break from stories. Reading is so full of potentialities!

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