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Practicing Grammar with NoRedInk - An Online Tool

Practicing Grammar with NoRedInk - An Online Tool | Grade 12 English |

NoRedInk is a new website that "helps students practice and review their grammar...teachers and students personalize the practice assignments and quizzes with the names of their favorite bands, sports teams, movie or TV stars and friends."

Audrey Walters reports on NoRedInk in this post, sharing the story of how it came to be and explaining how it adjusts questions based on student response. There are also screenshots within the post.

NoRedInk provides exercies on apostrophes, commas, sentence fragments, and subject-verb agreement with more to come.

To go directly to NoRedInk:


Via Beth Dichter
Dani Hunter's insight:

This article gives the whole play-by-play of NoRedInk, a website that helps with grammar through personalized assignments centered around the student's interest. It sounds like a wonderful resource for the classroom, since grammar is (as I've heard) one of the hardest things for an English teacher to teach. There are so many parts to grammar that it's hard to focus on every thing, especially since different students struggle with different aspects of grammar.

Rose Mount's curator insight, August 1, 2013 11:45 PM

A great tool.I recommend to all the students learning English

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The most painfully obvious spelling and grammar mistakes ever seen in tattoos.

The most painfully obvious spelling and grammar mistakes ever seen in tattoos. | Grade 12 English |
And the wisdom to spell "difference."You'd think people wouldn't sit in a chair and have permanent ink embedded in their skin without making absolutely, positively certain every letter of it was correct — but if you'd think, you wouldn't be these...

Via Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist
Dani Hunter's insight:

This article ties back to the my earlier scoop "Spelling and grammar do matter". Some of the photos would be funny and interesting to show students, and then have them answer what is incorrect in the tattoo (warning for some innapropriate placement of tattoos--those would be left out in the classroom, of course).

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 23, 2013 6:21 AM

If you consider having a tattoo you may check out this site first ;-)

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Spelling and grammar do matter, according to consumers

Spelling and grammar do matter, according to consumers | Grade 12 English |
If you don’t think the public at large cares about your lack of editorial diligence, you’re wrong.
Dani Hunter's insight:

An article like this could inspire a couple different grammar exercises in the classroom. The statistics (and the 'brid' picture) show the importance of proofreading and editing. Students could look for more pictures or come up with scenarios where they make up examples of grammatical errors in the media.

Cindy Navarro's curator insight, August 26, 2013 5:46 PM

This matters to be a lot. Typos happen, but they should be rare when you are promoting your brand, product, or yourself.

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Paper Rater: Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and More

Paper Rater: Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and More | Grade 12 English |
Grammar & Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Dani Hunter's insight:

A lot like Grammarly, except there's a bigger focus on analyzing/rating the writing. Still a very good resource.

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Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader

Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader | Grade 12 English |
Grammar check, instant proofreading, and plagiarism detection. Improve your writing with Grammarly - the leading online English grammar checker

Via Stephanie Sandifer
Dani Hunter's insight:

This is an interesting website and wonderful resource for grammar checking! A student types in a part of his or her writing and the website checks for grammar mistakes, citation mistakes/plagarism, and gives context synonyms. I'm putting this as my number one choice for website of the day.

Stephanie Sandifer's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:28 AM

Back-to-school -- Very useful online tool for students and teachers -- and anyone else needing some proofreading...

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:52 AM

Grammar check and automated proofreader.

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For Emotional Literacy, Read Literature

For Emotional Literacy, Read Literature | Grade 12 English |
For children struggling to express their emotions, the answer is a return to literature and the arts, says the CLAS dean.

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List
Dani Hunter's insight:

This is a wonderful article that stresses the importance of language, arts, and literature in emotional learning ability. It really gives a new perspective to teaching, not only for English teachers.

GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 5, 2013 2:37 PM

This is a quite intriguing article. In a sense it is an interesting facet of one of the primary attributes given to literary reading; the idea that through its blending of vocabulary development and storytelling literature can support both creative and critical thinking. 


Though the article focuses upon emotional literacy in children, I couldn't help but link the core concept of the article to my concern about the abuse of those with less sophisticated emotional literacy by those who rely upon misinforming others to vote one way or another or to see only what they want to others to believe see in order to profit from those susceptible to malevolent manipulations.

And, those who would manipulate others for their own profit, in seeking points of vulnerability have discovered that it is easier to martial the "ignorant villagers with torches" via emotion rather than to engage a citizenry via critical thinking and careful analysis. 


The original radio broadcast upon which this  article comments focuses  on developing emotional literacy in children who have insufficient vocabulary to sort out their emotional feelings and thereby critically process those feelings. 


In the pre-school and primary grades, vocabulary limitations are understandable though those children who experience a significantly larger vocabulary through stories of people or anthropomorphic substitutes do in obvious ways have the ability to see and articulate 

a wider spectrum of the gray areas that make up the complex subtlties of the vast majority of human feelings and subsequent behaviors than those who see only the black and white only behaviors of the primarily good OR evil characters populating the fairy tales they hear and read. Though this is not to say that there aren't stories with a modest "gray area" between good and evil. 


As the very young age a bit, grade appropriate stories tend to introduce "shades of gray" characters. Our children do not get past the primary grades before they become aware of the "school bully" or the "mean girl" phenomenon or begin to interact with other kids whose parents do not draw the lines about good and bad behavior, language, values, opinions or visions of what makes for success in the same places where their own parents draw those lines for themselves. Some show early trajectories that might head off in the direction of developing an "it's a dog eat dog" world out there attitude. Others show early trajectories that might head off in the direction of it's a "we must all get along" world out there.


In the ideal situation kids would hear and read stories of the lives of characters beyond their direct real world encounters. They would encounter vocabulary beyond what they would experience in their direct real world encounters. They would encounter values and beliefs and frustrations and motives beyond...


And they would experience how others beyond those in their real world understand emotions and deal with them; including those who behave better and those who behave worse.


And, they would learn about mentors and about menaces.


And, by experiencing a vastly greater spectrum of mentors and menaces, they might develop both a greater understanding of what living a good life encompasses and a greater appreciation for caution in the face of those who have mastered the dark side of playing off of the emotional susceptibility of those who rely upon inciting the village idiots to pick up their torches in pursuit of false enemies for whom they have nothing but charlatan sourced anger and outrage. 


Have you notice how popular it is to accuse politicians who evolve their understanding of a complex issue as flip-floppers? 


Spin doctors?


Modern day Madmen using emotional manipulation as they phish bait for profit.  


Building emotional appeals through highly crafted and emotion-igniting talking points such as "death panels" belies the idea of reasoned decision making or conflict resolution.


Does there come a point when those insufficiently exposed to exploration of the world beyond their own; to opinions, beliefs, values beyond their own, are subject to losing both their intellectual and their emotional elasticity? That in conjunction with emotional ILLiteracy may be the viral source of a very dangerous global epidemic.


If so, I'd suggest it be "hardening of the (he)arteries."


I don't claim that literature is a panacea by any means. It's more like an important element of a healthy mental diet.



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