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Is there a place in Common Core Language Arts for the teaching of grammar, usage, mechanics? I get the impression that the majority of time is devoted exclusively to writing, and that direct instruction in conventions takes a back seat or is just thrown out. How much time per week can be devoted to the teaching of grammar, usage, and mechanics (and vocabulary and spelling); how much time is devoted exclusively to writing? I'm having trouble figuring out the breakdown time-wise.

Sep 9, 2013 9:07pm

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 10, 2013 6:41am

      Hi Connie,
      The Language standards are an important part of the Common Core, and hopefully will not take a back seat in literacy instruction! It is well worth reading the portion of Appendix A (pp. 28 - 30) that addresses the Language Standards, as it help illustrate the importance of these standards across reading, writing, speaking & listening. ( There is also a useful language progression chart embedded within the standards:

      With that said, the standards leave it up to teachers to decide how to achieve these outcomes. While explicit instruction in the language standards is important, it will also be important to weave instruction into what students are reading, writing, speaking & listening. The break down that you might spend on mechanics will likely depend on your students' current proficiency with your grade level's language standards.

      Good luck!