Making the Teaching of Grammar Fun with What’s Going On
I don’t usually comment on politics on this blog and I don’t intend to start now. Having said that, I just want to challenge all of you, especially teachers of English and grammar, to encourage your students to notice what is going on in their world at this and all times. After all, history (like life) happens while we’re busy doing other things but it’s happening nonetheless and should at the very least be noticed, remarked up, and inserted into their memories. Better yet, best yet, into their writing.
My nephews were quite small when an event that seemed interesting but hardly monumental happened, namely the fall of the Berlin Wall. Because of course it was monumental and historic and earthshaking and truly a piece of history that needed to be acknowledged, commemorated, even noticed by every generation. I tried to explain what a huge event was happening right there in front of them, in their time, in this time. I’m not sure how much sunk in but I think the idea of history not being dusty and boring and…then. Just think of what happened in Egypt recently. History is happening every day, even if it’s in small quantities.
Teachers of English, grammar, and writing, this is a great writing prompt to get your students thinking about what’s going on now and what went on then. Challenge them to write about what they think history is being made around them.