It's an ugly word. It's a scary topic. Many students just accept that they cannot do this. However, most of them have been using English grammar properly for all their lives. So why the heartache? Easy. We English teachers are evil manipulative twerps. We come up with difficult names for easy things. Why? That way we can get paid for teaching you a language you ALREADY know! All we have to do is make up words like GERUND, PREPOSITION, and CLAUSE. That's enough for most people to say, "I can't do that! It's too hard!" Then we swoop in, teach it, get paid, and laugh all the way to the bank!
So how are we going to tackle grammar? Mostly through proofreading. You will make the corrections needed on the Proofreader sheet and then, when we go over the correct answers, you will correct your corrections. I will pick up the completed sheet for an easy grade.
What if I'm absent on a day that we do a Proofreader? Write absent on that day's assignment and make the corrections as best you know how.
What if I lose my proofreader sheet? Don't. I will not make enough copies for extras.
But if I do? Print out a new one on your own time and make the corrections (and go back and make the corrections on the previous assignments). Students without their proofreader sheets will be given another grammar assignment to work on during that class time.
Proofreader #1 - Mike the Headless Chicken
Proofreader #2 - And You Thought You Had a Splitting Headache
Proofreader #3 - Some Great Books to Try Out
Play Grammar Ninja and set a new class record to get an immunity idol! Breaking your own record does not count!
Marshall W. 19 seconds
For these online activities, go to http://grammarflip.com/register-student/ and type in the following code depending on the class you are in:
Deus ex Machina Opportunity
These assignments will be used to replace a grade in the grade book. In order to fulfill these, you must do the following Follow these instructions explicitly:
Each Deus ex Machina that you earn will be the average of the assignments within it.
Grammar Deus ex Machina #1
Grammar Deus ex Machina #2
Grammar Deus ex Machina #3
Grammar Deus ex Machina #4
Grammar Deus ex Machina #5
Extra Credit - Spidey-Grammar!
In the panel before this scene, the blond haired goon shouts, "It's him! It's Spider-Man!" Then we get these two panels:
How is Spider-Man right? Why should it be, "It's he!" rather than, "It's him!" Send me your explanation in an e-mail for a 100 quiz grade.