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Easy Grammar series

Publisher: ISHA Enterprises, Inc.
Author: Wanda Phillips
Review last updated: November 2014

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Easy Grammar series

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There are essentially two strands in the Easy Grammar series for the elementary grades: teaching books and review books. I will use the term Easy Grammar to refer to the teaching books and Daily Grams for the review books. To make things interesting, Easy Grammar: Grade 2 is actually a teaching and review book! You can use either teaching or review books or both for all other levels.

Easy Grammar


Let’s start with the teaching series. There are six books in the Easy Grammar series: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, and Plus (for grades 7 and above). The Easy Grammar books, with the exception of Easy Grammar: Grade 2, are very similar to one another. These books are not really that specific to grade levels.... Also, you do not need to use all of these books since they contain so much repetition. You can use one volume then follow up with Daily Grams for a few years before switching back to a teaching volume.
I will begin with Easy Grammar Grade 2. This book is unique (in this series) with a format of daily lesson plans. Grade 2 can be used either as your primary teaching resource or as a supplement. Lessons need to be taught rather than used independently, although some students might be able to complete a good part of the work on their own.
Each daily lesson consists of four to five types of exercises that include capitalization, punctuation, alphabetizing, dictionary work, parts of speech, prefixes/roots/suffixes, synonyms, homonyms, antonyms, rhymes, and sentence combining. Rules or explanations and examples are provided within the lessons for each topic that is likely to be new or in need of review....All principal parts of speech up through interjections and conjunctions are introduced although with only a very brief introduction for each of the more difficult parts of speech. My biggest hesitation with this book is whether or not it is necessary to go that far into parts of speech in second grade. Other than that, the coverage of other language skills is great.
Now we can move on to Easy Grammar: Grades 3 and up. Easy Grammar books use the same approach and repeat much of the same material from book to book, albeit at slightly higher levels of difficulty....
Each very large—the smallest volume is almost 500 pages—Easy Grammar book follows a pattern of brief, straightforward grammar instruction followed by examples then exercises. Most of the time, younger level books combine instruction and activity so that both together take up just one page per lesson. Upper levels sometimes take a page or two for instruction followed by one page of exercises.
You will need a teacher edition that includes everything in the student book plus answer keys. Student pages in the teacher edition are reproducible, but that’s a lot of photocopying. Instead of photocopying, you can purchase student workbooks that contain instruction and activity pages.
The layout makes Easy Grammar self-instructional for the most part....
This program is unique in presenting prepositions before other parts of speech. By teaching students to identify prepositions and prepositional phrases before other parts of the sentence, it eliminates such problems as confusing the object of a preposition with the subject.
Parts of the sentence are designated by underlining, circling, and making notations rather than by diagramming. In addition, it covers phrases, clauses, punctuation, capitalization, types of sentences, fragments and run-on sentences, and letter writing....
Easy Grammar is especially good for students who struggle with grammar. Sentences are fairly short which makes identification exercises easier. Once students figure out what is being done in the exercise, they can continue the pattern without much effort. Also, there are fewer exercises per lesson compared to most other courses.
After completing Easy Grammar Plus, students can continue with the Easy Grammar Ultimate Series which I review after Daily Grams.

Daily Grams

Daily Grams are a marvelous tool for reviewing and practicing grammar skills without boring students with an entire grammar course year after year. These books assume that students have already been instructed in the relevant grammar concepts and simply provide reinforcement and practice without instruction. Each grade-level book becomes progressively more difficult reflecting what is assumed to have been taught in corresponding Easy Grammar books.
I love the easy-to-use, page-a-day format. It should take only about ten minutes per day. Each page has exercises in capitalization, punctuation, general review, and sentence combining. Answers are at the back of the book. You can make photocopies of the work pages or purchase student workbooks.
There are five Daily Grams volumes for grades three through seven plus a single book for junior and senior high. These are available as printed books or as ebooks....

Ultimate Series

Older students have yet another choice with the new Easy Grammar Ultimate Series. While some students have used Easy Grammar Plus and Daily Grams in junior and senior high, the Ultimate Series offers more challenging material, but in a format similar to Daily Grams. The Ultimate Series books, one for each year for grades eight through twelve, require only about ten minutes per day. The format for each of the 180 lessons is the same with work on five topics per day. Every lesson has sections on punctuation, capitalization, and sentence combining. The other two sections cover other grammar concepts such as parts of speech, phrases and clauses, homonyms, analogies, and types of sentences. Brief instruction is provided. These texts do not assume that students have already attained a mastery of grammar. Students who already know the rules and concepts can simply complete the exercises to practice their skills while those who need explanations may read through them....
The Ultimate Series seems like an excellent way to provide just the right amount of grammar instruction for older students.

Pricing

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  • Easy Grammar Plus Workbook

    Easy Grammar Plus Workbook

    Easy Grammar Plus; Teacher's Edition

    Easy Grammar Plus; Teacher

    Easy Grammar Grade 6 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 6 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 4

    Easy Grammar Grade 4

    Easy Grammar Grade 4 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 4 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 5 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 5 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 2 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Grade 2 Workbook

    Easy Grammar Daily Review Grade 2

    Easy Grammar Daily Review Grade 2

    Easy Grammar Grade 6

    Easy Grammar Grade 6

    Daily Grams Grade 4

    Daily Grams Grade 4

    Daily Grams Grade 5 Workbook

    Daily Grams Grade 5 Workbook

    Daily Grams Grade 4 Workbook

    Daily Grams Grade 4 Workbook

    Daily Grams Junior/Senior High

    Daily Grams Junior/Senior High

    Instant Key

    • Suitable for: most Easy Grammar books work for independent study
      Audience:
      grades 2-12
      Need for parent/teacher instruction: 
      minimal
      Prep time needed:
      0
      Need for Teacher's Manual: 
      as answer keys for Easy Grammar
      Religious perspective:
      secular

    Publisher's Info

    • ISHA Enterprises, Inc.

      PO Box 25970
      Scottsdale, AZ 85255
      (800) 641-6015
      (480) 502-9454
      www.easygrammar.com