What is the Shurley Method?
The Shurley Method is a K-6 English program that provides highly programmed, sequenced instruction in English grammar and sentence construction.
Students learn the parts of speech by reciting definitions in jingle form. These rhythmic definitions are chanted or sung by the class to reinforce knowledge of the role of individual parts of speech. (Click here for the Shurley Jingle PowerPoint.)
Question and Answer Flow
The Question and Answer Flow provides a consistent, scripted set of oral questions and answers to help the student identify the role each word plays in a sentence being analyzed. The Q & A Flow is a classroom activity lead or supervised by the teacher. The effectiveness of the Q & A Flow as a teaching technique is based upon several key elements:
Ø Each part of speech is analyzed within the context of the whole sentence. Parts of speech are never studied in isolated units.
Ø Once a concept is introduced, it is reinforced. Repeated applications help ensure mastery.
Ø Much of the students' learning occurs in a group environment. This approach provides immediate feedback to students in a non-threatening way. Students are able to learn using visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles. When students see, hear, and say their answers, retention increases.
The Shurley Method uses grammar as the foundation for learning the structure and design of written language. Grammar provides students with a writing vocabulary, and it is the foundation of sentence composition. Students first learn to write basic sentences by using the terms learned through sentence labeling. They then learn to improve and expand their sentences by using synonyms, antonyms, or word substitutions to improve the quality and precision of the sentences they write.
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