I have a student coming this summer to improve her grammar skills after asking her mother if she could get some help. This girl is the girl of my dreams! She actually WANTS to improve her writing skills and went out of her way to spend some of her precious summer vacation working on it - with me!
Today, I went online to see if there might be any updated material that would be useful to us. I've found so much that it became necessary to choose carefully, considering my student's age and grade level and what would keep her interest high. Most ESL exercises will work well, and I've found all sorts of explanations of the various parts of speech.
My plan is to go over the basic parts of speech and then focus on the more difficult aspects like the order of adjectives (when using more than one to describe something/one), adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. Then we'll go on to sentence structure and combining sentences to make compound and complex sentences. I'll also throw in comma usage. Finally, we'll focus on a few styles of paragraphs: expository, descriptive, and narrative.
By the time summer is over, I expect my student to feel confidant in her ability to write strong, well-constructed paragraphs and essays. I can't believe I'm getting paid for all this fun!