Become A Grammar Ninja Today

Become A Grammar Ninja Today

As a teacher, I know that students hate studying grammar. While I can’t say I don’t understand this attitude (after all, I remember being a student and thinking it was the most tedious and complicated thing ever), I believe that this hatred is based on a misunderstanding of the purpose of grammar.

 

Grammar was not, counter to popular belief, invented to torture and confuse students. Rather, the purpose of grammar is to provide a common set of standards for communication and for the organization of words. Quite simply, grammar is the rules for the game that is language. Being a grammar ninja means that you have become a master of those rules.

 

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4 Questions Students Should Ask When Choosing Essay Topics

4 Questions Students Should Ask When Choosing Essay Topics

Deciding on essay topics is daunting. I remember sitting in front of my computer staring at a blank page, just wondering where to start. Even a fairly specific prompt usually leaves plenty of room for personal choices. So what happens if you are waiting for inspiration to strike, and it never does? The essay will still be due, that’s what.

As a student, I have come to realize that some of my best essay topics had to be dragged out of the compost at the bottom of my brain, rather than springing fully formed into existence, like crocuses in springtime.  As a teacher, I see it as my task to guide students toward essay topics that are interesting to them, that they can learn from, and that result in essays that they can feel proud of.

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