I can honestly say I’ve never given much thought to the order of adjectives, when listed in a sentence. I guess it makes sense to explain to students the problem with adjective pile up but I would never call the use of multiple adjectives, “So third grade.” I really think he should elaborate on what he constitutes as too many adjectives. His idea of creating a human sentence however, is ingenious. I know the concept is relatively easy but the way Anderson allows his students to work together should be applauded. I know I have said this in the past but I learned very little about grammar in middle school due to the over use of worksheets.
Punctuation should be reviewed, revised, and practiced indefinitely. Much like Jessie stated in her blog, I have had teachers mark my use of commas and semicolons as incorrect, when in fact they were used correctly. For me it is very difficult to deal with teachers who cannot spell, read, or understand punctuation usage. How do you kindly point out an educator’s lack of education without risking retribution in the form of grade reduction? If someone has an answer to that question please let me know.
Hi, my name is Angela and I am a dashaholic. True statement. I don’t think I have ever killed anyone with over usage, like in the mentor text example of Cirque Du Freak, but I do adore the effect it has on a sentence. Quotation marks are lips? Sounds like another wonderful explanation for proper usage. Anderson makes me feel a few of my teachers in my early education shared with their class the bare-minimal in terms of grammar. I feel cheated.
Honestly, the finding in the video “Smallville” did not surprise me. I have lived in small towns where almost everyone spoke the same way. This has been one of the reasons I do not understand the argument of African-American Vernacular English. Many say the AAVE is derived from a combination of the English and African language but I disagree. When you visit a small town or a “Smallville” you will find for the most part AAVE does not exist.
Grammar Girl for the week- Oh, I watched the March Forth video on YouTube. Grammar Girl has a quiz to test your knowledge on the song. Maybe that is one thing I will score well on this semester.
I need to learn how to put together a sentence tree!
I am not sure about anyone else but I spent a great deal of time looking up the definitions to intransitive, transitive, and auxiliary verbs. According to the appalling score I received on the Orwell handout, 15 out of 25 correct, it can be concluded I didn’t do well on comprehending the material. I will continue to work on my understanding of these as well as the multitude of other types of verbs. Honestly I had no idea there were so many “types”.
While reading Mechanically Inclined I reflected on my own writing. In the past I was guilty of using pronouns so often the noun became ambiguous and I was lost reading my own material. Not only do I see the errors I make with pronouns but with tense shift as well. I see I need to spend more time writing and checking myself. Practice can only help.
Once again, Anderson does a fine job of outlining lessons that are easy to apply in a middle school setting. One reoccurring theme is he allows students to work together to figure out the material before they tackle it on their own. I find this practice very meaningful to students. It is different from how my middle school educators taught me. We were never allowed to work in groups and I feel isolation does nothing to help build your understanding. We are speaking of language and most individuals do not converse with themselves, so why do so many educators feel that oral practice in not necessary? Anderson allows his students to work together, sounding out the verbs and deciding which verbs sound correct. This also helps students with a dialect practice in a controlled environment that reinforces proper usage. I think this is one of the biggest problems students face. I know many members of my family have very poor grammar skills. My mother once told me that when she was younger she did everything she could to speak proper English. However, when she spoke with other classmates they ridiculed her for sounding too proper. I know this is a problem many students face and it is hard to encourage them to use proper grammar when they are made fun of for doing so.
Using films such as the 20/20 Linguistic Profiling, I hope students are able to see some of the obstacles they will need to overcome. While it is wrong for individuals to profile based on the way people sound it still happens all the time.
As a final note, while looking at the images in the Mechanically Inclined text I see that not only will I need ample amounts of butcher paper but sticky notes as well.