Feature

Hunter System’s Way

Traditional Grammar Way

Goal:

Aims at ownership & controlvia experiencingof structure

Aims at correctness (often short-lived) via drill with the rules of usage

Instruction:

Doing-based

Definition-based

Sequential

Nonsequenced

Cumulative

Compartmentalized

Insightful

Forgettable

Does not presuppose knowledge of concepts

Does presuppose knowledge of conceptsbecause its definitions are invalid

Exercise Material:

Stresses word-group roles

Stresses single-word roles

Requires much rearranging

Requires little rearranging

Emphasizes ownership

Emphasizes correctness

Discovery-based

Prescription-based

Stresses understanding

Stresses memorizing

Includes complex sentencesand in paragraph settings

Uses simplistic sentencesand apart from paragraphs

Considered refreshing

Considered boring

Definitions:

Spoken-English based

Conceptually based

Types of Sentence Beginnings:

Instills ownership of twelve of the chief ways sentences begin

Presupposes ownership of all of the ways sentences begin

Helping Verbs:

Teaches all of the most common helping verbs

Omits many of the most common helping verbs

Paragraph & Essay Content:

Progresses from informal to (all) formal paragraph types

[Varies]

Teaches the informative and the persuasive essay

Requires an outlinealways

Includes innovative ways to achieve coherence/invention

Effects:

Instills fluency, confidence, accuracy

Neglects to teach the system of the sentence

Enables skill at revising and editing

Omits the foundation for skill at revising and editing

Fosters retention of rules

Hampers retention of rules

Assures focused and coherent paragraphs and essays

Undermines control of structure in more complex kinds of writing