Getting back to basics with SPaG

Author: Jill Carter
Published: 22/03/2023

SPaG lesson resourcesSadly, SPaG is often accused of being dull to teach. It is also traditionally something that some teachers fear because it’s the science of the language.
However, the early origins of the word grammar, the ‘art of letters’, also had associations with ‘magic’, and some students love SPaG exercises which can happily transform the mechanical accuracy of their writing. With so many excellent resources around now, it’s thankfully much easier to teach too. 
Love it or hate it, SPaG is a necessary skill and one which can be honed to improve marks given for writing. With basic accuracy, English students will already be on track for a good pass in technical accuracy and, with more sophistication, they can elevate their marks further. 
SPaG mistakes: posters, adverts and signs offers an excellent starting point by encouraging students to spot errors using an extensive array of amusing and interesting images.

To promote their general knowledge about grammatical terms, SPaG mat provides clear definitions and examples of elements of grammar for students to refer to. 20 teaching ideas SPaG includes lots of flexible ideas, many of which could be used across the school in literacy lessons or tutor time.
Students’ own writing can be less effective if they struggle to use a range of sentence types. Sentence skills mat is great for reminding students of basic sentence constructions and for helping them to build more complex sentences. Sentence types and effects aims to introduce students to a whole range of sentence types and is designed to provide elements for a piece of creative writing so that students can apply their learning.

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This article was originally published as an Editor's pick newsletter. 

Jill Carter

Jill Carter is a former Leader of English and Advanced Skills teacher who now works freelance as an educational author, blogger and online tutor. She has written a wide range of secondary English textbooks and digital resources and has nearly 30 years’ experience as a teacher of English.

She's also a long-standing Teachit contributor, who has shared many resources with fellow teachers. She is the author of our popular KS3 World War I poetry teaching pack.