A Noun is a Noun, or is it?

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From the beginning, Shurley English teaches students to understand the role that each word plays in a sentence.  The first part of speech we begin with is the noun, and in true Shurley style, we start by going over the Noun Jingle.  The jingle and corresponding lesson teaches that a noun names a person, place, thing, or idea. 

As students progress through the curriculum, their knowledge deepens as they are introduced to more and more noun jobs.  Locating nouns by their noun job is one of the unique ways Shurley English curriculum helps students identify nouns; they learn to go to the noun jobs.

Here is a list of all the jobs a noun can perform in a sentence: 

                        SN-Subject Noun

                        OP-Object of the Preposition

                        DO-Direct Object

                        IO-Indirect Object

                        PrN-Predicate Noun

In the following sentences, take a look at the various jobs of the noun “motorcycle.”  

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Shurley English doesn’t just teach students to name the parts of speech and move on; it teaches them how to use those parts of speech to create well written sentences that follow the seven sentence patterns in our English language.  To sum it up, Shurley students leave your classroom with a sense of ownership in grammar and writing.  The in-depth approach Shurley English takes in teaching language arts concepts results in students that communicate with competence and confidence!

Sentence Pattern Study: Pattern 3

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Last week, we began our study of sentence patterns. Remember, if you recognize the pattern of a sentence’s core parts, the grammar of the sentence (or its word arrangement) will make more sense. Last time, we discussed Pattern 1 and Pattern 2.

Today, let’s start our study with a new Pattern 2 Sentence: Jackson throws some bread. Remember, transitive verbs (V-t) transfer action to an object.

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Now, let’s remake this sentence into a Pattern 3. We will simply add an indirect object (IO).

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The chickens get the bread Jackson is throwing. That makes the chickens the indirect object. Here is the pattern: SN V-t IO DO.

You can talk yourself through it like this: 

Jackson throws what? bread – direct object

Jackson throws bread to what?  chickens – indirect object

                                   

The chickens are the indirect objects that get the bread. Now, practice some Pattern 3 sentences on your own, using these steps:

Step 1 – Substitute the subject noun, verb, and direct object in your own sentence.

Step 2 – Add an indirect object that can receive your direct object…and still make sense!

Next time, we’ll learn about Pattern 4!

Sentence Pattern Study: Pattern 1 and Pattern 2

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Learning English grammar can be tough, but, as the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words. So, I am taking the high road on this series and making it visual—thereby sparing well over 980 words…and your sanity!

If you are up on your brain science, you know that our brains seek patterns to make sense of the world. In English, even our sentences fall into patterns. If you recognize the pattern of a sentence’s core parts, the grammar of the sentence (or its word arrangement) will make more sense. Look at this:

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This sentence follows the SN V pattern. In Shurley English, we call this Pattern 1. We know who the sentence is about and what he is doing.

Now, watch as the pattern changes to Pattern 2.

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Pattern 2 sentences have a SN V-t DO pattern (DO stands for direct object). You still have the subject noun and a verb, but the verb is transitive this time. Transitive verbs (V-t) transfer action to an object. In this case, Jackson has become the object that gets chased…by the chickens. (Run, Jackson, run!) Jackson is now the direct object that is getting chased by the chickens. Jackson receives the action of the verb, chase.

Next time, we’ll learn about Pattern 3. (Stay tuned!)