Does the study of grammar improve writing?

by Lindsay Jeffers In a casual conversation on the patio this weekend, my mom brought up the importance of diagramming sentences so that my daughter could learn how to write well.  My husband started to chuckle, anticipating what I was about to say in response.  As I fumbled through an explanation of why diagramming sentences…

Does Bad “Grammar” Instruction Make Writing Worse?

By Patricia A. Dunn Most students’ writing—in fact, most people’s writing—could use some improvement: in content, organization, coherence, style, and editing. However, many people continue to think that if only students received a dose of “grammar” instruction, their writing would be better. People can mean almost anything when talking about grammar: memorizing rules or perceived…