Teaching Resource

Syntax and Grammar Slide Decks: Grade 1 (The Syntax Project)

By Melinda Hinch (Greater Essex County DSB) & the Syntax Project Last updated 2024/05/27
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The Syntax Project is an open-source collection of grammar and syntax lessons created by a group of Australian teachers. Melinda Hinch, SLP in Greater Essex County DSB, has adapted the slides to incorporate Canadian content and aligned them with the B3 Language Conventions Continuum.

Note that this resource is a Google Drive folder set to “view only.” To adapt the slides to meet your own students’ needs, please make a copy to your own Google Drive so you can modify (File > Make a copy > Entire presentation).

Curriculum Connection

B3. Language Conventions for Reading and Writing
These lessons address many of the specific skills found in B3 Language Conventions. The Continuum highlights the importance of a function-first approach to teaching these conventions: grammar and syntax should be taught explicitly and systematically, but in the context of writing. Students should be taught about the function of these conventions in oral and written language, and not simply taught to identify or name them.
Grade(s): 1
Topic(s): GrammarSyntax and Sentence StructureWriting


  1. This is a gold mine! If anyone has been using the syntax project as a resource or you are looking for something to help you with the language convention part of the Ontario Curriculum, look no farther. Melissa has done a lot of heavy lifting here in terms of work. She has clearly aligned each lesson with the B.3 expectations. Easy to follow slides that are ready to use to help any teacher with their explicit and structured writing lessons.

  2. It appreciate that these explicit writing lessons have been sorted by grade and aligned to the new curriculum for us. Thanks for all of the hard work Melinda!

  3. Melinda Hinch and Greater Essex, you are so appreciated! Thank you for this wonderful work. This will help a lot of Ontario teachers working to address the B.3 expectations with their students!

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