Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good Writers Read Out Loud

We have all heard of book signings where authors read excerpts of their books. And who hasn’t happened by an open mic poetry reading at niche coffee shop? We even buy books on tape. So why don’t we encourage our students to read their own written work out loud?

Reading out loud is an excellent tool for students to learn about the flow and pacing of good writing. If reading a sentence makes him feel tongue tied or rushes by so fast that he runs out of breath, chances are that the sentence needs revision.

Good writers use their ear to HEAR mistakes even when their fine tuned brain compensates for errors that they SEE on a page.
An added bonus of learning to read out loud properly is a big boost in selfconfidence. Public speaking skills are sorely lacking in many students partly because they don’t have the opportunity to practice and get good feedback along the way.

So the next time your child hands you a draft to read, hand it right back and say, ”Let’s hear it!”

Monday, November 28, 2016

Word of the week: Recapitulate

The answer is to summarize.

"Before I recapitulate our meeting, are there any final questions?"

Monday, November 21, 2016

Word of the week: Precipitous

The answer is steep.

After almost driving my car off of the precipitous cliff, I decided to let my brother drive for the remainder of the trip.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Word of the week: Pecuniary

The answer is involving money.

No matter how smart you are, if your pecuniary judgement is poor, you will be too.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Word of the week: Omnipotent

The answer is all powerful.

Many indigenous peoples of North America believed in several omnipotent gods that blessed every aspect of their lives.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Word of the week: Obsequious

The answer is obedient.

If you're giving an apple to your teacher in an obsequious attempt to raise your grade, it will never work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top 10 Uses for the Comma

10. Dates and Addresses: place a comma between cities and states or cities and countries; place a
                                         comma between the day and year in a date.                    

London, England                   January 12, 2016  

9. Numbers: place a comma in large numbers each three places right of the decimal.

5, 567, 543  

8. Dialogue: place a comma between the line of dialogue and the tag which tells who is speaking.

Mary said, “Pass me the sugar.”  

7. Direct Address and Interjections: place a comma after the                                                                       name that you are speaking                                                                directly to as well as after                                                                    words that indicate                                                                              exclamation or emotion.

Wow, I love chocolate!  

6. Between Adjectives: place a comma between adjectives that are                                        side by side and used to describe the same                                          noun.

                                    It is a big, blue house.   

5. Appositives: place a comma around the noun or noun phrase that renames another noun beside it.

The mosquito, an insect, leaves red bumps that itch.  

4. Conjunctive Adverbs: place a comma after a conjunctive adverb used to join two main clauses.

I love the holidays; however, I often work too hard.   

3. Introductory Elements: place a comma after introductory phrases, clauses and words that appear
                                             before the main clause of a sentence.

After breakfast, I leave for school.   

2. In Lists: place a comma between three of more items in a list.

I like pizza, pasta, and garlic bread.   

1. Compound Sentences: place a comma before the conjunction that joins two independent clauses                                              in a compound sentence.

Harry hit the ball, but John caught it.