SPaG – a dead acronym

SPaG – a dead acronym.

WHY? Because each of the disciplines requires serious dedication to master, and it’s ridiculous to lump them under one roof.

Here’s a plan of action for the 3 disciplines to get students to an acceptable standard of use. Each bullet point could require numerous teaching sequences depending on the level of attainment.


  • Focusing on Latin and Greek root words is sensational for thisScreen Shot 2017-11-11 at 10.33.02 PM
  • Explicit teaching of Latin and Greek prefixesScreen Shot 2017-11-11 at 10.30.56 PM
    • Multiple lessons on suffixes
    • A natural by-product of the above is an expanded vocab, and explicit focus on new words based on texts studied furthers developmentScreen Shot 2017-11-11 at 10.52.37 PM


  • Explicit teaching of how to study and revise spellings and new words
  • Spelling and vocab meanings embedded into quizzes and starters
  • Spelling tests (10words) every 3rd or 4th lesson
  • Tests available to redo online


  • Focusing on sentence structure – often poor punctuation is due to a lack of understanding how and why sentences are constructed.
    • Nouns – without them there’s nothing
    • Verbs – nouns moving
    • Subjects – make up of a sentence
    • Pronouns – helps to keep subject-verb agreement
    • Connectives – compound sentences
    • Compound sentences
    • Complex sentences – subordinate clauses


  • Commas
    • In compound sentences
    • Position of subordinate clause
    • Restrictive and non-restrictive subordinate clauses
    • Other comma usage
  • Dialogue

I’m @edmerger

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