Category Archive: grammar

Editing Wonderings

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I’ve been thinking a lot about editing and conventions and writing workshop. My ideas keep twirling around and I’m trying to grab hold, but they don’t seem to want to be pinned down… Continue reading

Siri

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Last month I finally got of my cell phone that didn’t have a qwerty keyboard and upgraded to an iPhone 4S.  It took me awhile to convert to an iPhone since I first… Continue reading

I’ve been studying sentence structure…

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I was watching or listening or reading something this week — I don’t remember what — but the message was: You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. True. (And probably… Continue reading

Misused Apostrophes

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The day I went into labor with my daughter I was transferred from a labor and delivery room to a postpartum patient room back to a labor and delivery room.  By the time… Continue reading

Punctuation Police

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Today was my first day back to the classroom after being under the weather and out for two-and-a-half-days. I hesitated jumping back in, realizing I had a lot to catch-up on in my… Continue reading

The “No Worksheet” Zone

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I started teaching a unit of study on Conventions yesterday.  (I really think I need a more dazzling name for this, but for now, it’s going to be known as the “Conventions Unit… Continue reading

Verbs in Revision

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Georgia Heard’s Book The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work is one of the best books on the teaching of writing that I own.  If it’s not in your bookshelf, then click here… Continue reading

Teaching Students to Master Conventions in a Modern Way

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I read through the comments on Ruth’s latest post this morning.  It seems like many folks are feeling a little angst when it comes to grammar instruction.  You’re pulled between teaching kids grammar… Continue reading

“But I don’t have time to teach grammar!”

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Ever feel like you need more time for grammar instruction, but just can’t seem to find the time? That’s certainly how my colleagues and I feel. Hence, one of them went off on… Continue reading

Grammar Instruction Can Be Fun!

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Grammar puzzles many kids. There are a myriad of reasons for this, which can range from being an English Language Learner to having a lack of direct instruction with regard to the teaching… Continue reading

Syllables, Diagramming Sentences, and Other Thoughts

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I recall clapping out the syllables to words when I was very young. Did it help me as a writer? Probably? I mean, I know where to hyphenate a word when I’m actually… Continue reading

Blogs & Grammar

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Two months ago Pati, one of the Slice of Life Regulars, left this comment on one of our posts: As I have been working on this “Slice of Life Challenge,” while writing my… Continue reading