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Quote from philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein: 

"Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language."


Grammar:  In the Charles Townes Center, fifth grade students study grammar as a separate part of the ELA course. We begin the year with a study of the parts of a sentence(subject, predicate), sentence structures(simple, compound, complex), the 4 kinds of sentence(if you will, sentences with a purpose:  declarative, exclamatory, imperative, interrogative) 

Did You Know?

1. Grammar is your friend, and like a friend it can help you learn a language more quickly and more efficiently.
2. Studies clearly reveal that those who write and speak well (That means those who know and use grammar rules correctly.) excel in the job market, and they rise to the "top of the heap" faster in their careers.
3. There are 10 types of grammar. A few of these are comparative grammar, generative grammar, pedagogical grammar, theoretical grammar, transformational grammar, and traditional grammar.

Social Studies: 
Do you know the answer?


Why do we use cursive handwriting in Charles Townes Center fifth grade?

Check these websites out for the answers:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/11707-how-should-we-teach-our-children-to-write

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-reasons-teach-cursive-writing-first-print-4235867.html

http://www.swrtraining.com/id17.html

http://www.donpotter.net/pdf/cursive-first.pdf