Goal A: Create Linear Process
Dr. G. created the Guthridge Grammar System to improve grammar and language skills for children. He had two goals.
The first: Create a linear approach instead of one that results in a hamster wheel of frustration. For instance, unlike students having to know what a pronoun is to correctly identify nouns, GGS assumes zero knowledge on the student’s part.
When students begin, the system assumes they know nothing about grammar. They learn Concept A. Concept B assumes only the knowledge of Concept B. Concept C assumes only knowledge of A and B. And so on.
The concepts are stairs in which each stair is concrete. Nothing is vague. For example, a noun is no longer a “person, place, thing, or idea.”
It is “the ________ named _______.” Fill in either blank, and you have a noun: The boy. The boy named Jeffrey.
Each stair is explained in ways that everyone can understand.
There have been instances in which students in a Challenged class, using the system, outscored the students in the Gifted class who were not using it.