Mommybostic Posted January 27, 2011 Share Posted January 27, 2011 After reading a very interesting thread about sentence diagramming, I started thinking about my own love of language arts, and my son's indifference to the same. When you have been exposed to a lot of literature and studied (and loved) grammar, you gain the ability to look at a sentence, paragraph, etc., and know if it "sounds right." There was some discussion in the thread about good sentences. Like I said, a lot of the time one can simply read something and KNOW if it's a good sentence. So, here's my thought...can you teach that? I think of it almost like a naturally gifted musician who can hear a song and know the key, or know if something is not in key. So how is this taught? For example, I think the following sentence is wonderful: "We were old foes, this gate and I, and we faced each other for some moments in the silence." I love the flow, the wording, the tone, everything. I read this to my son, and he says, "Ok, so what?" Is it something that can even BE taught, or do you simply teach the concepts and concede that your child will never love language the way you do? I intend to provide with him with all of the skills and knowledge necessary to use the English language effectively, but I'm still wondering about teaching enthusiasm and true love of a subject. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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