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    How does a Literature teacher justify teaching grammar in a literature class?

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    This question comes from the standards of the Literature course. By the time a student is studying Literature, their direct instruction in grammar has been completed. So - where does teaching grammar fit into a Literature course, since that has already been covered?

    Grammar instruction fits into a Literature class' objectives in two ways. First, a Literature class is all about critical reading, nuance of language and deriving meaning from the written works studied and discussed in the class. A Literature student's understanding and knowledge about Literature is demonstrated in a Literature class by writing essays - persuasive, narrative, compare and contrast, informative, research, analysis, etc. Correct grammar is an integral part of that writing, and is justified, especially when the teacher sees recurring errors in either an individual, or in the class as a whole.

    First, if it is an error the class is commonly making, it is justified to review that concept (comma usage, homophones, etc.) in the whole group setting, complete with lesson, practice and quiz assessment. This falls in line with the objectives, or standards of the course, in the required written parts of the course mastery requirements.

    Second, if it is a persistent error from a particular student only, the teacher should not submit the entire group to the review - BUT should still address the incorrect concept with the individual student. This is differentiation in instruction, or meeting the needs of the individual student according to where they are in their learning. In the individual case, the method is still the same (review lesson, practice and assessment quiz), but it is done individually, for that student alone. No other student needs to even be aware that the differentiation has taken place - it can be done as an independent study lesson for the student who needs it. This is justified by meeting the needs of the students in the class through the method, or technique, or differentiation.

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