Make Grammar Easy with Grammar Punk

Easier said than done. But it shouldn’t be.

We did a lot of research before creating Grammar Punkand found the same concept repeated again and again: the instruction of grammar and punctuation is most effective when taught in conjunction with the students own unique writing.

We couldn’t agree more. Students need to write. If possible every day. The teaching and learning of grammar should be part and parcel of teaching and polishing and creating a positive love of writing. Grammar Punk is different. Grammar Punk believes making better writers is the purpose for teaching grammar. Better writers are what Language Arts is about. Or should be. Grammar Punk is about writing. Grammar Punk is about making writing fun. For teachers and their students.

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Any Student, Any Time with Grammar Punk

Any Student Any Time

All of the Grammar Punk products are adaptable to ANY student at ANY capability level. How is this possible? Because Grammar Punk puts the learning experience back where it belongs: with the students. Students who are struggling can create Grammar Punk sentences, learning and reiterating the rules, using their own vocabulary, style, and creativity.

Students who have a firm grasp of Language Arts are often bored and disgruntled at having to keep pace with students not at the same level can positively soar because they will write sentences using their own vocabulary, style, and creativity. And both types of students will be learning and applying the same skills. And retaining them. Indeed, because they will be intrinsically bound to their writing, they’ll never forget them—or how to use them correctly.

Grammar Punk has become the favorite part of Language Arts for thousands of students all across the world—and in 5 different countries, let us make it part of yours.

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To the Left With Grammar Punk

o The Left

What a ridiculously simple word, you sputter. We all know what left means. Left is…left.
Not so fast. Left is, as it turns out, a very busy—and handy—word.

  1. Left: on or toward the west when somebody or something
    is facing north
  2. Left: Politics supporting liberal, socialist, or
    communist political and social changes or reform
  3. Left: Geography on the river bank to the left of
    somebody facing downstream
  4. Left: Theater on or relating to that part of a stage
    that is to the left of somebody standing on it and facing the audience
  5. Left: On or toward the left side of somebody or
    something

Left is also one of those words that can be its own opposite.

Left can also mean either remaining or departed. If the gentlemen have withdrawn to the drawing room for after-dinner cigars, who’s
left? (The gentlemen have left and the ladies are left.)
Teachers of English, grammar and writing this simple little word is a great point of discussion with your students. Examine the definitions as well as the geometric ramifications of the word. Then discuss the cool aspect of coming and going. And the next time you want to point out that a friend from the west facing north with decidedly left-leaning ideas who happens to be facing downstream as he contemplates his life on the stage has left his old life behind and wonders what’s left in his new one you are covered.

Set Records with Grammar Punk

To Record a Record

Record: noun

  1. information kept about something that has happened
  2. the best achievement so far in a particular activity, especially a sport
  3. the things that someone has done, which give an idea of what they are like
  4. a large round black piece of plastic containing music or other sounds

Record: verb

  1. write what happened
  2. put sound/image onto something
  3. officially decide something
  4. show measurement

This is a deceptively tricky pair. These two words are clearly heteronyms in that they are spelled the same and have different meanings and also sound different. Better still, one is a verb and one is a noun. Even better, you have to see the context of the sentence or usage to know how to pronounce them!

Back in the old days before compact discs—or even cassettes!—we had these flat, round, grooved discs we called records which contained sounds that had been, you guessed it, recorded on them. Therefore, it was not at all an unusual occurrence for a singer to go into a studio and record a record. Just to add to the confusion, it was also possible the musical instrument in use may be out of tune and in desperate need of recording.

Teacher of English and grammar, this is a great pair of words to discuss with your students. Write a few sentences using the different definitions and ask them to be read aloud. Discuss how they knew which word to use in which instance. Then ask them if they know what a vinyl record is. Then write about it!

Grammar Punk Sentence: R E 6

No matter how many albums she’d previously released, Desiree was always a nervous wreck before heading into the studio to record her latest record.

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Make Grammar Fun with A Word With You

Trepidation: A feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen.

trep·i·da·tion ˌtrepəˈdāSH(ə)n/

This one goes back to about 1600. Apparently fear and trembling has been around for a while. This is a great word, very descriptive. It’s not just about being scared or fearful it’s about being scared and fearful about something that may—or may not—happen. Now that’s fear.

Teachers of English, grammar and writing discuss this concept with your students. What causes them trepidation? Pop quizzes? Shakespeare? Algebra? Have them put it in a Grammar Punk Sentence, then write about a character who has definite trepidation about…something.

Grammar Punk Sentence: T U 2 trepidation

Though she hated to admit it, Sophie was feeling a major case of trepidation about landing the lead in the school play; why she’d auditioned for Our Town was a mystery.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk Sentence that contains at least 2 words that contain the letters T and U and the word trepidation.

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What You Need to Teach Grammar with Grammar Punk

What do I need to teach Grammar Punk™? 

The Grammar Punk™ Programs are sold in a kit format and includes everything you need—no further purchases necessary. Each 4-9 and 9-12 program of grammar lessons, grammar exercises, English, and ELL games contain everything an individual teacher needs to teach their Language Arts students for an entire year.

The Grammar Punk™ 4-9 and 9-12 Programs come complete with 5 basic elements: Teacher resources, student resources and worksheets, interaction tools (Grammar Punk™ Dice and Cards), and an introductory how-to CD. There are no further purchases necessary to teach every

“It (Grammar Punk™) is [an] excellent, all around, non-threatening approach to grammar! Classroom to after school GT.”  — J. Prerate

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Primer’s with Grammar Punk

Primer vs Prim(m)er

1: a small book for teaching children to read

2: a small introductory book on a subject

3: a short informative piece of writing

1: a device for priming; especially: a cap, tube, or wafer containing percussion powder or compound used to ignite an explosive charge

2: material used in priming a surface —called also prime coat

3: a molecule (as a short strand of RNA or DNA) whose presence is required for formation of another molecule (as a longer chain of DNA)

Middle English, layperson’s prayer book, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin primarium, from Late Latin, neuter of primarius primary

First Known Use: 14th century

When I began with Grammar Punk I was introduced to the notion of the primer used to encapsulate the concepts of basic grammar into one easy-to-use reference tool. I knew of such tools, though it was a charmingly old-fashioned one, and when I had heard it mentioned it was referred to as a prim(m)er—with a short i sound.

We referred to our completely amazing and excellent little booklet of basic grammar facts as a primer with a short i and often as not received puzzled looks. The dictionary can’t even agree with itself on this point. I found references showing pronunciation with a long i and a short one. From a spelling perspective pronouncing it with a short i is just wrong—there should be two m’s. From what I could gather this may have been something of an affectation-pronunciation thing that seems to be nearly exclusively American in origin.

When generally speaking, we at Grammar Punk tend to err on the side of popularity and pronounce the word with a long i. Having said that, I’m still tickled when I get a call from a teacher with a question about the Grammar Punk Prim(m)er.

Teachers of English, grammar and writing, try this one out on your students—and fellow teachers. How many of them have heard the two different pronunciations? What other words are pronounced more than one way and still considered correct? Discuss. Then write about it!

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Writing is Fun with Grammar Punk

Making Sure Writing is Fun

Writing is communication.  Writing is a way to convey ideas, tell others what we’re thinking, share an experience, tell a story, or create a world all our own. When, I wonder, did writing stop being fun? Writing should be fun.

Of course it’s entirely possible that writing for the sake of writing being fun is in the same category as algebra and logarithms. Don’t get me started. But the fact is that  remains that strong writing skills remain an absolute necessity in every aspect of life during school years and certainly beyond the classroom. College admission boards, future employers, we all need strong writers. Thus the inevitable question: How do we create them? An even better question is how do we make this oh so necessary skill fun? Because if it’s something students like to do they’ll do it. And the more they do it, the better they’ll be at it.

Writing for a purpose makes writing fun. Give students a reason to write, a bunch of topics to write about, impetus to  improve what they wrote last time, and they’ll have fun with       writing. They’ll want to keep doing it. You won’t be able to stop them.

Here are a few Grammar Punk sentences an auditorium full of seventh graders wrote. They had about five minutes to get the hang of using the Grammar Punk dice and a few of the cards available from various Grammar Punk programs and this is what they came up with. The dice rolled were: C A 3 and we let them choose one CHARACTER, ONE EMOTION and one LOCATION from the cards. The dice words are underlined, the card selections bolded. They had a blast creating the sentences—you could have heard a pin drop as they were creating—loud laughter and cheers as we read some aloud. Here are just a few of our favorites.

C A 3 | Butterfly Hunter — Serious — Family Reunion

Cassie, a very serious butterfly hunter, can’t go to her family reunion because she knows she will be mocked.

C A 3 | Doorman — Revenge — North Pole

The doorman cautiously guarded the gate to the North Pole because secretly, he planned to revenge the years Santa Claus had left him high and dry.

C A 3 | Tap Dancer — Menacing — Hotel Lobby

Calvin knew, in a very menacing way, his tap dancing would cause the hotel to collapse, so he danced.

Not only were we blown away by the sheer creativity of the “dice words” chosen and the sentences created, we were positively delighted to see that each and every one of the sentences created is an amazing beginning to a STORY.

Writing with a purpose.

It works.

Grammar Punk Loves Teachers

We recently attended an education conference and I just have to say a few words about teachers; specifically, the kind of teachers who attend education conferences.

We were pretty shocked to find that many school districts do not take the ubiquitous “fall break” to coincide with their state education conferences. This means, succinctly, that the teachers who do take the time and effort and sheer determination to attend these conferences do so on their own time, at their own expense, with a substitute to take over their classes. These teachers truly rock!

And while at this conference we were also thrilled and gratified to hear the words, “We use Grammar Punk and we love it!” We heard that a lot. We never grow tired of hearing those words. Thanks, Teachers!

Here are a few tidbits we gathered at the conference:

Unlike most of the other grammar programs out there, the Grammar Punk programs come with everything you need to teach basic grammar, punctuation, and writing skills as well as a comprehensive program of basic Language Arts lessons appropriate to the grade level of the program. They also include tons of spelling words and vocabulary words and interactive spelling bees in our grade-specific Spelling/Vocabulary Programs. The lesson plans, student worksheets, teacher keys are all included. Each program comes complete with the specialized GP Dice and our amazing writing prompt cards. No further purchases necessary. The Grammar Punk cards are already laminated, cut and ready to use, NO TEMPLATES!

One Grammar Punk Program is all you need for each teacher to teach all their classes. One program is all you need. Teachers and students need help to make writing part of their everyday experience. Writing needs to be fun, and have a purpose. The teaching of writing (which is why you’re teaching grammar) should be fun, approachable, and a favorite part of your student’s day.

GRAMMAR PUNK IS ALL YOU NEED. Go to www.grammarpunk.com to see all about us. Check out our Grammar Punk videos at YouTube.

We heard that a lot too.

Get Proximal with Grammar Punk

Proximally Proximal

Proximal: nearer to the point of reference or to the center of the body than something else is. For example, the elbow is proximal to the hand.

I love medical dramas. I’m crazy about them, can’t get enough. And that works for me. I’ve never had the slightest interest in pursuing a career anywhere near medicine, I can’t even watch when I get my blood drawn but I very much enjoy watching from a distance on television.

All of which is a long-winded explanation for my fascination—and let’s face it confusion with the word proximal.

Next time you’re watching a medical drama take note of how many times the word proximal is used. Put the stitch in proximal to the this or that, make a cut proximal to this organ or that one. And while I had a fairly good idea of what proximal meant I wasn’t entirely certain until I looked it up. Next to, close to, nearby.

Proximal is a great word to fit into your vocabulary. The library is proximal to the police department.

Teachers of English, grammar, and writing try this one with your students. Make a fun grammar lesson by discussing how the word proximal can be used in non-medical terms. Then put it in a sentence—and go from there.