The Shurley Method curriculum is an English/Grammar teaching method that was developed in the early 1970s by Brenda Shurley and is used nationally in schools; it is also available for home schooling use. The curriculum’s scripted lessons include stories and rhymes that teach tough grammar concepts that are sometimes boring and difficult to learn and can be easily adjusted to the individual learner. It uses jingles chanted or sung to catchy tunes and lesson-oriented crafts, lots of daily repetition and reviews of concepts taught in previous lessons.
The purpose of the abbreviations, also called labels, is to label the basic sentences presented in the Question and Answer Flow section of student work pages to teach students the design and structure of their written language. This section is a series of question and answers that students use to analyze the role each word plays in a sentence and gives students a definite, concrete procedure for determining each part of speech. The foundation of sentence composition is to understand the parts of speech, such as articles, subjects, verbs, adjectives, etc. in order to better improve on the basic sentences given in the lesson as well as to practice and revise. Students learn to expand upon the basic sentences with more complex and descriptive synonyms, antonyms or complete word changes. Abbreviations begin in Level 1 and become more extensive as the levels increase.
Grammar Labels Used for All Levels 1 - 8
N - Noun SN - Subject Noun Pro - Pronoun SP - Subject Pronoun V - Verb A - Article Adjective Adj - Adjective Adv - Adverb P - Preposition OP - Object of the Preposition PPA - Possessive Pronoun Adjective S - Simple Sentence F - Fragment
Grammar Labels for Levels 2 - 8
HV - Helping Verb PNA - Possessive Noun Adjective D - Declarative sentence E - Exclamatory sentence Int - Interrogative sentence Imp - Imperative sentence SN V P1 - Subject Noun Verb Pattern 1
Grammar Labels for Levels 3 - 8
CSN - Compound Subject Noun CSP - Compound Subject Pronoun CV - Compound Verb V-t - Verb-transitive CV-t - Compound Verb-transitive LV - Linking Verb CAdj - Compound Adjective CAdv - Compound Adverb COP - Compound Object of the Preposition C - Conjunction I - Interjection DO - Direct Object CDO - Compound Direct Object IO - Indirect Object CIO - Compound Indirect Object PrN - Predicate Noun PA - Predicate Adjective SCS - Simple Sentence Compound Subject SCV - Simple Sentence Compound Verb CD - Compound Sentence SN V-t DO P2 - Subject Noun Verb-transitive Direct Object Pattern 2 SN V-t IO DO P3 - Subject-noun Verb-transitive Indirect Object Direct Object Pattern 3 SN LV PrN P4 - Subject-noun Linking Verb Predicate Noun Pattern 4 SN LV PA P5 - Subject-noun Linking Verb Predicate Adjective Pattern 5
Grammar Labels for Levels 4 - 8
CLV - Compound Linking Verb CX - Complex Sentence
Grammar Labels for Levels 5 - 8
CPrN - Compound Predicate Noun CPA - Compound Predicate Adjective
Grammar Labels for Levels 7 - 8
OCN - Object Complement Noun COCN - Compound Object Complement Noun OCA - Object Complement Adjective COCA - Compound Object Complement Adjective CD - CX - Compound-Complex Sentence SN V-t DO OCN P6 - Subject-Noun Verb-transitive Direct Object Object Complement Noun Pattern 6 SN V-t DO OCA P7 - Subject-Noun Verb-transitive Direct Object Object Complement Adjective Pattern 7
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