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It's tough to resonate with students of any age. But teaching young students proper grammar seems like a nearly impossible task.
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You may not have all of William Shakespeare's work committed to your memory, but you probably know each and every one of these phrases.
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One of the most boring and banned words in classrooms is 'went.' There are SO many synonyms that you're simply trying at all if you stick with the word 'went.'
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Suffragist, quotidian, expurgate? These are just a few of the words high school students should know. If they're foreign to you, time to bone up! Now you can do that thanks to a book from the editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries who compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.
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From OMG to LOL, there’s no denying that texting has changed the way we communicate with each other. Look no further than the fact that you don’t need clarification of what OMG or LOL means as proof that our written communication is evolving.
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The Oxford English Dictionary wants YOU! They've just launched OED Appeals, a dedicated community space where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English.
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What's your favorite word? Kerfuffle? Scallawag? Edudemic? Whatever it is, there's never really been a simple way to figure out what the truly best word is. Until now.
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Students are being encouraged - conditioned in fact - by many social platforms to like, comment, tweet, text, or send at communication speeds that are more akin to a reflex rather than a well-composed expression of thought and ideas. This communication acceleration has created new challenges in both literacy and attention. A new platform for "slower communications" hopes to change that trend.
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If you're worried that your students or children are eroding their vocabulary due to texting, you may want to sit down.
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How many books have you read in your lifetime? Do you know an exact number? A Reddit user's grandfather knows exactly how many books he has read: 6,070 (so far).
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Does your head spin when someone writes something like "I hope you're day is going great!" or "Are their others like you?" If you're anything like me, you loathe bad grammar and internally judge people when you receive a poorly worded e-mail.
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Do you love reading Shakespeare for all the saucy name-calling and not really for the romantic plot twists? Me too. Lucky for us, I just stumbled across a great chart via Facebook that lets you use your initials to find out what William Shakespeare would have called you were he to lob a few insults your way.
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POP QUIZ: What is the favorite party game of English teachers? Here's a hint: it's not Scrabble. Although, that's probably a close second.