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“Example of the Continuing Past Tense in a Hotel Room” by Lydia Davis

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Diagramming the heart

In class today, we actually did some grammar. Another teacher in our school does diagramming of sentences and the kids were curious exactly what that was. I’m not a big fan of diagramming, which always seems to help the kids … Continue reading

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Why punctuation is important

At least its importance was what I was trying to convey to my students yesterday. And I truly believe the exercise I gave them to do really drove home the point. I asked them to punctuate the paragraph pictured above, … Continue reading

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Yesterday morning and last night

I received the following text from my son who is presently teaching English in Japan: A student wrote, “I cleaned my room last morning” and my JTE corrected it to “yesterday morning.” So then the student asked, why “last night” … Continue reading

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“The Return of the Subjunctive” by Tamara Madison

Oh, the Subjunctive, May it make its bold return! May it ride back proud In liveried coach, May its two fine horses snort And paw the ground, And, escorted by its staunch Attendants If and Whether, May it descend in … Continue reading

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Could you describe what a transitive verb is?

My son applied to the JET Program this winter and much to his surprise he was accepted. He actually had an excellent interview, lots of laughs and conversation well past the time allotted for it. But at the end he … Continue reading

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Preposition by Sally Van Doren

The before took us right up to the after, even though under meant we should not try over, from being stronger than to, xxxxx up shying from its ascent in the face of down. I held on to you and … Continue reading

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Symbolic stage directions for language

Punctuation marks are the symbolic stage directions for language. These “stage directions” tell us to pause or use a specific inflection, to soften or emphasize, to slow down or to speed up. They help us to make sense of and … Continue reading

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First Stack of Papers

I’m sitting here diving into my first stack of serious papers for the year and immediately knew this was the video to commemorate the event.

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