A Scope & Sequence for Grammar

Though I have not seen in Mason’s volumes a specific outline for teaching grammar, we can glean from her programmes the scope & sequence followed.  Below is my best representation of the scope & sequence we may follow when teaching grammar in our chosen language.  (I am not sure if this S & S will apply directly in languages such as Mandarin, Japanese and Korean)  Keep in mind these lessons are not usually begun until Form 2.  In my home, I found success beginning French grammar mid-way through our Form 2B year.  You can listen to a Form 2 Immersion lesson I did with A Delectable Education, here.  This lesson includes ideas for grammar.

-Definite Articles: the cat, the school, the house, etc.

Masculine & Feminine


-Indefinite Articles: a cat, a school, a house, etc.

Masculine & Feminine


-Conjugation of the Present Indicative of the Verb ‘to be.’  (Affirmative)

[In layman’s terms for those like myself: this is present tense of ‘to be,’ in the “positive.”  Think, “I am, You are, We are, They are.”]

-Present Indicative of the Verb ‘to be.’ (Negative, Interrogatively, and Interrogative-Negative)

[Present tense of ‘to be,’ introducing negative form (I am not, you are not, etc.), questions (are you? am I?) and negative questions (Am I not?  Are they not?).]

-Plural of the Definite Article: the cats, the schools, the houses, etc.

-Agreement of Adjectives

The adjectives must agree with the noun, in terms of gender and plural/singular.  The verbs must agree as well.

For example:

Le mur est grand (The wall is big).  Les murs sont grands (The walls are big).

La porte est grande (The door is big).  Les portes sont grandes (The doors are big).