Stairway to Grammar

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The materials in the Stairway to Grammar program are designed to help children who are struggling with grammar in school. They do not constitute a complete grammar program, but if they are used selectively and appropriately they will improve your child’s grammatical skills.

Grammar is the study of how words combine to form sentences. People who understand the basic structure of grammar are much more likely to communicate clearly and effectively because a properly structured message is easier to understand and much more less likely to result in errors when the message is calling for action. Furthermore, real originality is impossible without a knowledge of the conventional rules. A strong grasp of sentence structures enables us to transcend banality – and write elegantly and creatively.

Introduction to Stairway to Grammar

This is a very simple introduction to the more advanced Stairway to Grammar created by David Harris, which follows. It is designed for younger students and students with no background in English grammar. Students will need crayons or highlighters in different shades or coloured pencils.

There are lots of videos available online on YouTube to supplement the instruction in this program.

The Yossarian the Grammarian series is excellent for older children, while the Schoolhouse Rock series is a delightful supplement for younger children. If a student is having trouble with a concept, give him extra instruction with one of these videos.

If a student needs more practice, create more sentences along the same lines as the practice sentences.


The complete STG program is designed primarily for Grades 7 & up.  However, some Grade 4 to 6 students may find the selected basics in Parts 1 through 4 helpful.

Part 1      Introduction: Subject & Verb
Part 2      Parts of Speech
Part 3      Parts of the Sentence
Part 4      Grammar Summary
Part 5      Parts of Speech Analysis
Part 6 & 7  Phrasal Verbs and Prepositions with Adjectives & Adverbs
Part 8      Verbals
Part 9      Types of Sentences
Part 10     Sentence Analysis: Modifiers of Subject & Verb
Part 11     Sentence Analysis: Direct Objects
Part 12     Sentence Analysis: Subjective Completions
Part 13     Sentence Analysis: Direct Objects & Indirect Objects
Part 14     Sentence Analysis: Subordinate Adjective Clauses
Part 15     Sentence Analysis: Subordinate Adverb Clauses
Part 16     Sentence Analysis: Subordinate Noun Clauses
Part 17     Sentence Analysis: Simple & Compound Sentences
Part 18     Sentence Analysis: Complex & Compound-Complex Sentences
Part 19     Answer Keys
A Note to Teachers and Parents