Week 8 Post

I really did enjoy this class. For once I actually looked forwad to reading the textbook, and I think that is amazing! I liked that we had an overview each week that did not make up look at 50 different places to figure out what was due. That said, I was kind of sad that this was an online class. I think we could have gotten more out of it as a one-on-one class. Maybe that is because I love grammar, I’m not sure.

I think the assignments were doable, and I liked that we had videos and presentations throughout. I think sometimes I was surprised by assignments I did not see coming, like the grammar rant, but I did not think it was too bad. Those assignments were usually easy enough.

I liked using tumblr, but I found it confusing because I had never used it before. I did not always know where to look for other’s posts if they were not on my dashboard. Now that the class is ending I have finally figured it out. *sigh*

FSU Jessica: Week 7 - Linguistics Response


Grammar Girl: “Pet or Petted, Grit or Gritted”

This episode of Grammar Girl I found to be extremely amusing since she makes up a song using irregular verb forms to the sound of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It seemed to line up well with the School House Rock turning education into easily…

I completely agree with you that School House Rock may be too outdated for students. I love school house rock, and it is one of my few memories from childhood, but as I was watching it I found myself not as into it as I used to be. I found this video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAN5V-8nlLo, and I think it is really cool. It is a video the students made for a class, and I think that would be a very cool assignment to make grammar songs more relevant!

Class Blog: Week 7


Almost there!

I still have all of my Schoolhouse Rock videos even though I no longer have a VHS player because I refused to let my parents get rid of them. So I would definitely say I was excited to see the videos as the majority of our readings for the week. These are great examples of a way to…

I think your GrammarGirl lesson goes along with the reading we did last week in Mechanically Inclined. My mom has me grade papers for her middle school students, and I have noticed many of them have trouble distinguishing fragments from sentences. I think that could be turned into a cool lesson, possibly having students determine the difference in a game-like fashion. 

Week 7 Post

How I have missed school house rock! I loved those videos. I thought the best one was the adverb video, I felt it explained its content the best. The preposition video I felt just kind of rattled off some words and said they are prepositions, but the song was very catchy. I love the idea of putting these concepts into song because; let’s face it, that is what people remember. Personally, I do not remember much of high school, my memories are gone because of surgeries, but I can sing the quadratic equation song. I do not know how to use the quadratic equation or its purpose, but I do remember it.

For my grammar girl podcast I listened to the one about the word “hopefully.” In the podcast I learned that it is now acceptable to use hopefully to begin a sentence. I did not know that it was ever a no-no. I also listened to one called “how to speak English like the Irish.” That one was very fun. I learned how the gaelic influenced the modern English of the island.

The modifiers presentation was very informative without hitting you over the head with it. I love grammar bytes, and thought the examples were very helpful.

I have mentioned many time before that poetry is not my favorite, but I do think I will eventually use the preposition poetry lesson in my classroom. Poetry allows students to play with language in a way that prose does not. And basically playing with language is the best way to learn it.

Erika, get over yourself.: Week Six Post


This week’s topic of sentence combinations reminded me that I’m not just a loser when it comes to grammar. This week I knew all the jargon and understood all the concepts. Week after week up to this point I felt a bit overwhelmed because it was demonstrated to me over and over just how much I…

I agree that the eay a person speaks does not always show their mental capacities. But I have to question whether students should be learning ebonics in their classes. I understand that it is a different way to speak, but should students be learning words they need to talk to their friends. I think that should be an outside school endevor. I know I speak different with my friends than I do in a professional space, shouldn’t it be the same for everyone?

Week 6 Post

The lesson plan by Pam Rentz was very practical, in my opinion. I think that she was right in saying students do not apply the usual grammar lessons with their own writing. I know in my own writing I make the same mistakes. I know the rules for why they are wrong, but I do not apply it to myself and my writing. I think that having students find the mistakes in their own writing is much more helpful than grammar worksheets.

For my grammar girl podcast, I listened to one about the importance of bad grammar in novels. She was saying that in many novels it is important to add bad grammar to certain characters in order to make them relatable or believable. She also made the important point that writers need to know how grammar works in order to play with it. I thought this was a poignant thought. Baseball players do not just pick up a bat and hit a ball before learning the rules of baseball, and writers shouldn’t either.

I thought the Springville video was pretty thought provoking. IT is amazing that in the times of slavery, when whites wanted to separate themselves from slaves and wanted to believe they are so different, their language was more similar than it is now. I thought that was… pretty horrible, actually.

The Adverb/Adjective lessons in Anderson were interesting. I know I have the most problems with adverbs and adjectives. I especially liked his example of splitting up sentences on construction paper and letting students rearrange the sentence. Honestly I thought like they originally did and did not see a different way to organize the sentence.

Grammar Awareness Post

MS11AR Talib Kweli: Week Five Post


The “20/20 Linguistic Profiling” video was so interesting. In all honesty, I do think that linguistic profiling happens still. When I work, I call hundreds of numbers a day at a research firm, and have to ask the other people on the line what best describes their race. Sometimes, in order to…

I agree that the assumption that some kids aren’t able to be educated to be wrong also. I’ve noticed that usually those are the kids who want to learn the most but teachers have let them down. Then they do not trust the learning environment and give up. It really is a bad cycle.

Applied Linguistics for Teachers of English: Linguistics - Week Five


My Quick & Dirty Tip for this week is: “10 Tips to Banish Typos”. I thought I submitted a typo of the word “titles” that was definitely not school-appropriate in last week’s post, and after a brief moment of panic I decided that this week I would find some tips on proofing my work. I sometimes…

I think I need to go read that GrammarGirl article. I know I submit things with typos all the time. I tend to just ignore the little read lines under words and submit. my mom taught at an urban school last year and I see what you are saying about the discrimination being evident with the older teachers (not my mom, but the veterans). Incorporating the lessons from the book is a good idea to help with that. I didn’t even put that together until right now. Good thought!

Week 5 Post

This week my Grammar Girl choice was “Alright vs. all right.” I thought this was very interesting because it shows how technology is influencing language. It said that all right is the correct usage, but alright was created to be used as shorthand when it was used through telegrams and now is gaining popularity from sites that restrict word usage, like Twitter. I thought this was very neat.

As usual, Anderson does not disappoint. I thought his ideas for an apostrophe chart to help show students possessive usage was awesome. I think that many kids are never really taught the it’s/its idea in depth, and because of that I know a lot of college students who have a hard time distinguishing. I think this book helps point out errors I did not realize students would have too many problems with. With some of the examples he gives, I find myself thinking, “well, isn’t that obvious?” but it’s not. And I think that is very important.

For the Orwell Verb sheet I earned a 19/25. I think a lot of my mistakes were for auxiliary verbs, I have never been very good with verbs, but as I was researching the verbs I found a site called chompchomp.com and it explained them very clearly and concisely with a ton of example. Because of that site it did way better than I think I would have.

I think the video dealing with the different dialects of color were very interesting, but not surprising. I see this in my everyday life. I think it is something we, as a society, really need to work on.