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Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a lecturer in the UCLA Graduate School of Education. Follow Walt Gardner on Twitter.
I don't think it's asking too much that students be able to write "a clear 5-sentence memo devoid of grammatical and spelling errors." Maybe we can continue to nudge the bar back up to where it should be.
Whether you are a blog writer or a book writer, you find your writing inspiration from wherever you can. These writing rules will put a smile on your face.
Remember, conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar) are just 1/6 of the traits of writing. Keep things in balance!
Grammar & Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...Paper Rater is a nice tool that can automatically proofread stuff you’ve written. It analyzes your writing style, word choice and tells about most of the grammar and spelling mistakes (it isn’t 100% accurate).
What can spelling tell us about relationships between words?
About This VideoWhat can spelling tell us about relationships between words? While spelling may sometimes seem random or unexpected, this lesson illuminates how peeling back the layers of spelling helps us understand the complex history and meaningful structure of words.
The #1 Grammar and Punctuation Resources Website and The Blue Book of Grammar. Rules, rules and more rules.
We would like to help you understand what our spelling/word study program will look like in third grade. Each week your child will be given ten spelling words to study at home based on the spelling pattern we are studying in class. Just like the second grade program, the final test will also include some words that your child will not be able to study that follow the same spelling pattern.
Sentence Diagrammer creates and displays Reed-Kellogg diagrams.
A Bibliography for Teachers Interested in the Going Deep Guide: In 2006, the Northern Nevada Writing Project (sponsor of this free-to-use website) published a 196-page resource for teachers: The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide.
The guide features trait-specific lessons and resources designed to help all students use 6 trait language better as they explore the act of writing. Many of the guide's lessons and resources cite awesome picture and chapter books as examples of powerfully crafted text to show and discuss with students. Many Northern Nevada school libraries made sure they had all cited books from the guide available to their teachers.
Yesterday, Snigdha Nandipali won the National Spelling Bee Championship to become the best American speller of the year 2012. It is pretty amazing how a young girl in her age could reach this towering achievement, it is as she said herself a miracle. I heard this piece of news on the radio as I was driving back home from work yesterday and the first thing I did when I logged on was I checked in Google for National Spelling Bee website. To my susrprise I found that the website itself is a great resource which deserves a fair review here.
Teachers at a secondary school will put corrections on a maximum of three spelling mistakes for fear of damaging pupils’ self-esteem, an MP has...
Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation. As the CEO and co-founder of new online dictionary Wordnik, Erin McKean is reshaping not just dictionaries, but how we interact with language itself.
via my fierce friend @tmacmillan
Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Includes detailed terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and more!
Play Grammar Gamble, the online English grammar quiz, and beat the scores of your friends.Grammar Gamble is based on the popular classroom activity. Players choose the answer to a grammar question and 'bet' points depending on how confident they are. At the end of the game they can share their final scores on Facebook or Twitter.
Un quiz de grammaire sympa, avec des défis entre internautes et la possibilité de parier (virtuellement !) sur sa réponse
Pour l'instant, les sujets traités sont limités mais çà devrait se développer
In 2011, the publisher of my book Enchantment could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus!
Now that text talk is widely accepted as a legitimate form of communication, we are left wondering: Will text talk become our main form of communication in the future? Will the widespread use of text talk negatively impact the way we communicate? Or are we engaged in the creation of a colorful new language every time we text?
This article talks about how texting and the new media age may not be as bad of a thing as it is hyped up to be. They have done studies that show the pros and cons. This article shows how although we are using shortcuts to write it is just a way of us adapting; yet people still continue to use proper grammar more often than not.
A fun way to practice and master grammar & writing skills!
One of the pleasures of a recent piece on semicolons by Ben Dolnick, in the Times (“Semicolons: A Love Story”), was his reference to William James, whose deft use of the semicolon to pile on clauses, Dolnick writes, is...
On depth in simplicity and beauty in plainness."I hate the guts of English grammar," E. B White once famously proclaimed.
Corbett Harrison's website. Filled with useful resources for writing teachers.
"Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of "Fumblerules of Grammar" — rules of writing, all of which are humorously self-contradictory — and published them in his popular column, "On Language." Those 36 fumblerules can be seen below, along with another 18 that later featured in Safire's book, Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage.
Remember to never split an infinitive.A preposition is something never to end a sentence with.The passive voice should never be used.Do not put statements in the negative form...."
So, we continue with our journey through the most common and irritating punctuation/grammar mistakes that English speakers make in their writing, as outlined by Craig Shrives .