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Language Arts for K-12 - Phonics, Grammar and Vocabulary. Complex Sentences & Compound Sentences: How to Tell the Difference. How can you tell the difference between complex sentences and compound sentences?

Complex Sentences & Compound Sentences: How to Tell the Difference

That's a question that I recently received in my inbox. I struggled with this concept when I was learning grammar myself, so I wanted to share the answer with you. Here's the question: Dear Elizabeth, How can I help children correctly divide complex and compound sentences into independent and subordinate clauses? I washed my hands before I ate breakfast. Some students divide this sentence into two parts ("I washed my hands" and "I ate breakfast") and ask me why these two clauses can't be treated as clauses of equal rank. Is there a simple way to teach this?

- Udaya, English Teacher. Iris Reading. English - Knowledge of Language. Why is there a "b" in doubt? - Gina Cooke. This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English.

Why is there a "b" in doubt? - Gina Cooke

Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. We all know certain spelling errors are very common, such as miniscule or geneology. But how common exactly, and are they getting more or less common as time goes on? Spelling is the writing of one or more words with letters and diacritics. In addition, the term often, but not always, means an accepted standard spelling or the process of naming the letters.

On the history of spelling. by the Rev. Real Spelling WordWorks Real Spellers This is a past TED conversation. For other language and literature lessons from TED-Ed, check out this YouTube playlist: Does grammar matter? - Andreea S. Calude.

Spoken language has been neglected and marginalized for much of our history on account of its perceived inferiority in comparison to written language.

Does grammar matter? - Andreea S. Calude

Written language was historically regarded as the language of the ‘learned,’ given that few people could read or write. It also had permanence (written records can be preserved for hundreds of years, and it is only recently that speech recordings became an achievable technology for most of us), and it was thought to be of a higher standard and quality (often summed up as having “better” or more “correct” grammar). You can read more about this biased view of written language over spoken language in the online book “The Written Language Bias” by Peter Linell. We all know that languages differ with respect to their grammar – we have all tried to learn another language only to be baffled not just by new vocabulary but also by the order and other quirks of how that language organizes its vocabulary – but what can and what does actually vary?

18 Fun and Simple Creative Writing Activities. Some of you teachers may be a John Keating in the making.

18 Fun and Simple Creative Writing Activities

Still more may need a little help. Here are some creative writing activities and prompts that will honor your students’ imaginations. Let them free their muses to soar. I had great creative writing teachers when I was in high school. They were very passionate about literature. Creative Writing Activities to Explore This terrific list of activities come from Marcus Roskilly in the UK: Free Writing—5 minutes to write on a “spark word” determined by the teacher. Other Engaging Approaches Here are some select writing activities from Caroline Swicegood: Life is Not Like a Box of Chocolates: Use the prompt: “Life is like a box of…” You fill in the blank and go from there.No-Send Letters: If you know you’ll never send a letter to someone of your choice, what would you write on it? Creative Writing Prompts Some prompts from Buzzfeed’s 23 Of The Most Creative College Essay Prompts From 2014–2015.

Adjusting Lessons for ESL/ELL Students. Sentence Length. Today's topic is sentence length.

Sentence Length

This episode was written by Bonnie Trenga, author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier. I was glad to hear from those of you who enjoyed Bonnie's writing last week. I'll be back as the writer next week, but Bonnie and other writers may continue to fill in for me on occasion as I start working on my next book and head out this summer for my book tour. Long Sentences My dad has a memorable poster in his bathroom: a diagram of a ridiculously long sentence by Marcel Proust. Sentence Fragments I have to applaud Proust for being able to keep everything straight in that sentence—because he sure used a lot of semicolons, commas, clauses, and other tricks to lengthen it.

All of this Proust talk is making me hungry for a madeleine, a small shell-shaped cake that had a starring role in In Search of Lost Time. Finding the Proper Length Proust’s enormous sentence is an anomaly, but long sentences certainly haven’t disappeared.