Games to Help Students Write More Precisely and Concisely

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Aug 28, 2015 11:10:00 PM

I always seem to have students who believe that effective writing is verbose. If they exceed the page minimum, they expect a high grade.  These students tend to applaud themselves for the hard work on essay assignments, and it can be very difficult to convince them that their style of writing is actually quite lazy. As English teachers, we try to teach students that writing should be precise and concise. In order for students to accomplish this goal, they must have an extensive vocabulary and clear command of syntax. In short, we teach the adage:

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Topics: essay writing, essay writing tips, games, Grammar, peer editing, writing, writing tips

Reasons to Pay Attention During Grammar Lessons (Bulletin Board Idea!)

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jul 17, 2015 12:56:37 AM

Decorating the secondary classroom can be a bit of a challenge because many teachers want the room to look appropriate for the maturity and age of the students, but much of what is on the market and pinterest caters to a younger crowd. Displaying student work can have pit falls when the student/teacher ratio starts climbing and some older students get more reticent about seeing their work displayed.  (Note: I do think there is value to displaying great work with older students, but that is a post for another day!)  Last year, I shared an idea for an American Literature timeline, and today I want to share another idea for classroom décor that may have the added benefit of inspiring a little extra attention during grammar lessons!

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Topics: bulletin board, Classroom, decoration, Grammar

NoRedInk Video Tutorial: Teaching Grammar With Style!

Posted by Emily Guthrie on May 27, 2014 7:45:35 AM

I'm really excited to share a new teacher tech tool with you today!  Although, I am just getting started with it, I think is a tool to keep an eye on!  

Here's why I love it:

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Topics: Classroom Tech, Grammar, grammar, teaching tips, technology, tips, video

Lessons from the Church Ladies

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jan 12, 2013 5:15:08 PM

I am not sure where these originated, but I had to share an email I just got with a bunch of   these little lovelies!  Beware the church lady with the ol' typewriter!  These are lessons in misplaced and missing modifiers, irony, tone, and general funny!


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Topics: church lady bulletins, Fun Stuff, Grammar, modifiers

Using That Versus Which

Posted by Kristen Bowers on May 27, 2011 2:57:18 PM

The correct usage of that versus which is commonly debated and challenged.  Reading through Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, for example, you will find that almost all the points that I have outlined below have been disregarded.  It is important to note that the rules in British English are not the same as in American English, and that even in American English, scholars argue whether that and which are interchangeable in restrictive clauses.

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Topics: Grammar, grammar tips, nonrestrictive clauses, restrictive clauses, sentence construction, that versus which, tips, Writing, writing tips

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