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No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation System

No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation System
You might also try putting a period at the end of a “thought.” And what about semi-colons and colons? Well…maybe those are for exceptionally long breaths and thoughts? Okay, I guess you can see that these are no official “Strunk and White” rules about usage but rather the kind of myths about standard punctuation that are perpetuated, sometimes by educators, I’m afraid. 1Attack the Old BeliefI’ll stop short of saying telling students “Forget everything you learned before about punctuation,” but I think a good starting place is finding out what students already know.

Punctuation Worksheets If used properly, punctuation marks can greatly enhance the overall structure, organization, and clarity of writing. However, when used improperly, punctuation marks can become cumbersome, inhibiting the reader's ability to understand the material and establish order and flow. Moreover, an excess of punctuation marks can lead to the creation of run-on sentences - sentences in which two or more independent clauses (i.e., complete sentences) are joined without appropriate punctuation or conjunction. Below you'll find our complete list of printable punctuation worksheets outlining the most important aspects of English punctuation. Commas Worksheets Below you'll find our complete list of punctuation worksheets. Quotation Marks Worksheets Apostrophes Worksheets End Punctuation Worksheets Colons Worksheets Semicolons Worksheets

AOS Home > English > ESL > Area of Study: Belonging > AOS This material was written by Carmen Vallis and modified for HSC English (ESL) by Eve Mayes, Condell Park High School. Key vocabulary to use in responses on Swallow the air Context of Swallow the air Telling stories to belong Who belongs? The language of belonging Relating other texts Key vocabulary to use in responses on Swallow the air Look at the list of words related to belonging and Swallow the Air. The "Red light" words are important to know to write well on Swallow the Air and belonging. Look up and learn any words that you are unfamiliar with. RED LIGHT - You HAVE to know these words and what they mean AMBER LIGHT - You SHOULD know these words and what they mean GREEN LIGHT - It's GOOD for you to know these words Download a PDF version of this table. Context of Swallow the air Like all texts, Swallow the air was written in a specific context that influences the ideas of belonging that are explored and the language used. Activity: Aunty

A Hanging How-To One of the small projects I tackled while Steve was at work all day on Sunday was hanging our new hand-towel rack in the master bathroom. There’s something exciting about breaking out the power tools when my husband isn’t home. It’s sort of like a mom-and-dad-are-out-of-town thing. I discovered a new-to-me marking/drilling/hanging technique that I thought could be helpful to share. You know how sometimes you think you’re accurately marking where the holes need to go, only to drill and discover you’re way off? This technique should help with that. First, get your fixture all ready to hang, and then put a bubble of painters tape over the screw holes, just like so: Take your screw (my towel rack came with its own hardware – bonus!) I bet you can see where I’m going with this now. Now stick that baby on the wall right where you want it. Sorry about the blurry tutorial. Now, gently pull away your fixture/towel rack/wall-mounted beer bottle opener while making sure the tape stays in place.

How to Check Grammar & Sentence Structure Online | NOUNPLUS BLOG You might well know about spell-check. The famous Microsoft Word, and almost every word processor in the market have it by default. They also have prehistoric or primitive grammar and language tools, which are likely to be irritating rather than help serve their purpose. On the other hand, advanced English grammar checker online is equipped with advanced artificial intelligence that interprets meanings contextual to usage that may be contemporaneous British English, period English or American English. It is easy to check your text paragraphs.

“This Game Sucks”: How to Improve the Gamification of Education (EDUCAUSE Review Sarah "Intellagirl" Smith-Robbins ( is Director of Emerging Technologies and a faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. With this issue of EDUCAUSE Review, she begins a one-year term as Editor of the New Horizons department. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link at the bottom of this page. "Focusing on the ways that entertainment technology engages us can result in methods that we can transfer to any learning situation." Gamification. Education has been a system of status and points since the dawn of the Industrial Age. What Is a Game? The first step is to understand exactly what a game is. A goal: Every game has a win condition: the combination of events and accomplishments that players need to achieve in order to end the game. True gamification requires that all three characteristics be present. Is Higher Education Already a Game? How does the typical higher education system match up to games? Notes 1.

List of Interactive Quizzes The quizzes with a magenta marble are also listed within the section or digital handout to which they apply. The twenty-one quizzes with a green marble and designated "Practice" have been adapted from the instructor's manual and other ancillary materials accompanying Sentence Sense: A Writer's Guide. They are duplicated here with permission of the author, Evelyn Farbman, and the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Inc. The seventeen quizzes with a gold marble were written by the English faculty at an estimable midwestern university and are used here with the permission of that department. The ten quizzes with a red marble were prepared by students in Professor Karyn Hollis's Tutor Training course at Villanova University. Clicking on the NUMBER immediately before the quiz's name will take you to the section of the Guide pertaining to the grammatical issue(s) addressed in that quiz. Clicking on the Guide's logo at the top of a quiz-page will bring you back to this page.

Plutarch • Sayings of Spartans — 208B‑236E (Vol. III) Plutarch, Moralia 1 When someone expressed surprise to Agasicles, king of the Spartans, because, although he was very fond of reading and lectures, yet he would not admit to his presence Philophanes, a learned man, he said, "I want to be a pupil of those whose son I should like to be as well." 2 When someone else remarked that he while king had been made hostage with those in the prime of life, and not their children or their women, he said, "That is but just, for it is good that we ourselves should bear the consequences of our own mistakes." 3 When he wished to send for some dogs from home, and some said, "There is no such export permitted from there," he said, c"Nor was there of men before this; but now it has been done!" 7 When a lecturer said, "Speech is the most important thing of all," he retorted, "Then if you are silent, you are of no worth at all!" p303 Antiochus Archidamidas

The 2010 Esplin Christmas Card I just got back the Christmas cards I ordered through Tiny Prints, and they turned out beautifully. I just love the thick paper & matte printing. It feels so smooth to the touch! I don’t much care for glossy printing, because it feels like nails on a chalkboard in my personal opinion. I’m a big texture snob. First, I upgraded my Tiny Prints order to send me silver envelopes. Third, I designed a little blurb including some random tidbits about our family over the last year. All addresses pictured are fake, btw. What do you think? This printable is free for personal use and should not be distributed without my consent.

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