What is the subject?

What is the predicate?

Really, who cares what makes up a sentence?

Grammar seems tedious and rule bound

to my eighth grade students preparing for

a state standardized writing exam.

We are much happier looking at

the beauty of grammar in…

that startling opening line

or the devastating last words

of a beloved book.

We know the author revised and revised

to ensure every carefully placed comma

created just the right mood

to lodge the sentence

in the reader’s heart for good.


3 thoughts on “Grammar

  1. I so hate the abstrate terms: Subject / Predicate. You remind me of the importance of reading well crafted sentences. And the tediousness of the state tests your kiddos must take this month. I hope you share this post with your students. Help them keep grammar in perspective.


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