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Teaching grammar. Or not.

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Making students comfortable with the concepts of basic grammar will create stronger writers.

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Get Expository

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Why worry about expository writing? Think about the type of writing most of us encounter in our daily lives. When was the last time you read a non-fiction book, a magazine, or a newspaper article? You guessed it, the author used expository writing. And you, the writer use it all the time. In school there are school exams, research papers, and book reports; in the workplace there are business reports, memos, emails, not to mention those pesky resumes. Developing strong expository skills can only make you a better writer. As with any kind of writing, the key to exceptional expository...

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Cursively Speaking

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Scientists tell us that the act of crawling actually creates hard wiring in the brain of small children. It actually helps their brains develop. Quite a concept. To skip this crucial stage from helplessness to walking can be decidedly detrimental to the future learning of said child. Think of that, something as simple as learning to crawl before taking first steps can make a huge difference.  The act of brain to hand to paper feels much like the act of rolling over, getting up on all fours and scurrying across the floor to explore new venues, as is the act...

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Commonly Confused Confusion

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As part of this blog, I’d like to explore a pair of homonyms or commonly confused words and hopefully shed a little light on using the correct one in the correct places.  We’ll begin with one of my personal pet peeves of a pair of commonly confused words. Not only is this word often used incorrectly in print but it is astonishing how often it is misspoken aloud in movies, television shows, news broadcasts, you name it. Drumroll please... Cavalry and Calvary.  Once and for all: Cavalry: As in here comes the cavalry to the rescue. And Calvary: A hill...

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What kinds of grammar games work best in the classroom?

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If you’ve visited our site, www.grammarpunk.com you know that we specialize in programs and products that will take grammar from the subject students dread to one of their favorites. We do that by putting the learning process back where it belongs: into student’s hands. Literally. They learn by doing, not reiterating, diagramming, or flogging the same old material from 20 year old textbooks. We made the teaching and learning of grammar feel more like a game.  When choosing grammar games for your classroom beware of games that are intended only as “time-fillers” and do not also affect or improve student...

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