As the penultimate week of the New York City school year comes to a close, I want to post this learning support on irregular verbs, which I gleaned from Grant Barrett’s manual, Perfect English Grammar: The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Writing and Speaking. I believe strongly in teaching grammar, style, and usage to the struggling learners I serve. With the right structural adaptations, kids can master this material, and therefore gain confidence in their ability to learn. That confidence motivates kids, and for the teacher education special needs kids, that is half the battle.
Over the years, I’ve sought a good–by which I mean clear and concise–grammar manual to use in planning units and lesson. So far, this is the one: Mr. Barrett presents his material lucidly, with none of abstraction, cuteness, or turgidity these from which so many of these kinds of books suffer. The book is also very well organized.
Grant Barrett also hosts a podcast called A Way with Words. I haven’t listened yet, but as I work with this book, I can see the merit of giving it a try.
If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.