What is the Shurley Method?

The Shurley Method is an English language arts curriculum for elementary and middle school students in public and homeschool settings. The highly structured curriculum covers grammar and composition.


English teacher Brenda Shurley developed the Shurley Method and first published “The Shurley Method: English Made Easy” in 1989. Shurley was disappointed by her students’ poor grammar and writing skills and felt there had to be a better way to teach those skills. The Shurley Method curriculum is now in its third edition, and the company publishes a line of homeschool materials as well.


The Shurley Method follows a step-by-step approach to language arts skills. The curriculum employs jingles to teach students the parts of speech. With the question and answer flow approach, students learn sentence structure by identifying and labeling parts of a sentence. Then students apply that knowledge by writing and revising their own practice sentences. The method also includes paragraph and essay writing and editing.


According to the company’s website, the Shurley Method benefits students because it teaches them concrete steps that help them relate definitions to concepts, concepts to skills, skills to writing, and writing to speaking. Because the Shurley Method is highly structured, teachers and homeschooling parents can easily follow it.


The Shurley Method does not cover reading, literature, phonics or spelling.


As of 2010, a Shurley Method homeschool kit cost $70. A teacher pack designed for public school use costs $675. Additional add-on materials, such as workbooks, transparencies and posters are available at all levels and range in price from $3 to $95. All are available for purchase on the company’s website.


Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.

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