Lecturer copy Trainee teachers often seek examples of effective teaching of grammar in primary schools. As many teachers themselves express a lack of confidence in their own knowledge of grammar, where do trainees find exemplar lessons? This book provides them. It takes exemplar lessons and offers them alongside a detailed exploration of what makes them good, and the theory behind them. The text encourages trainees to consider the teaching of grammar critically and to envisage how they can shape lessons for their own teaching. In starting with teaching then exploring theory, the text mirrors how many trainees will learn.

Year 4: Teaching the Difference between the Plural and Possessive -S

Year 4: Teaching the Difference between the Plural and Possessive -S

Year 4: Teaching the difference between the plural and possessive -s

Learning Outcomes

This chapter deals with a concept that crosses the boundary between grammar, punctuation and spelling: the use of the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns. On the face of it, this is not an issue of grammar at all; however children who do not grasp the grammatical difference between the different uses of -s as a suffix will find it difficult to make their meaning clear when writing.

This chapter will allow you to achieve the following outcomes:

  • understand the grammatical differences between the plural and the possessive -s;
  • understand how the correct use of the apostrophe can impact upon the meaning of individual words.

Teachers' Standards

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