Essay about Grammar Should be Secondary for Composition Teachers
Clearly, there are different types of grammar, which Hartwell distinguishes in his essay. Borrowing from Francis’ …show more content…
Other than spelling there should be less of a focus on the rules of writing, and more of a concentration on the production of writing. The only way to grow as a writer is to write. The “regularity” of grammar will come by way of recognition of how we speak, rather than how we write. One major goal of writing is to engage both the writer and reader in a topic- leading to a better or new understanding of a field of study or opinion. If we spend time working with the sequential element of grammar, we lose the scattered growth of writing craft. As Hartwell mentions, to remove formal grammar study creates a “rich and complex interaction of learner and environment that has little to so with sequences of skills instruction as such”(Hartwell 186).
Turning to grammar as the cornerstone of writing seems to negate the importance of content. If a thirsty man says “Water, I need” do we not recognize the exigency of his claim? If we do not allow for a vast amount of experimental room, we will only be creating grammatical mimics. Some theories of teaching grammar call for rote