I don’t have a professional proofreader at my disposal (though I wish I did!). I know spell check isn’t a fool-proof method for getting my writing ready to go out into the world. But now I have Grammarly, a proofreading web application that finds and explains in-depth grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes online.
Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.
Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s new book, Grammar Matters, is for teachers of Kindergarten through 6th grade. It provides lessons as well as grammar references so you can enhance your instruction and get your students excited about learning grammar.
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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
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
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