March 5, 2010

More On Grammar (who knew this would be a hot topic?)

To clarify: I think grammar is wonderful. The proper use of the English language is one of the best things I know. I just think we go about teaching it wrong.

Remember, I referenced Stephen Krashen? The man has two Ph.Ds. One of them is in grammar for crying out loud. When a guy who has a Ph.D. in grammar says you're teaching it wrong, you listen.

I don't pretend to have all the answers. I definitely don't pretend to know enough about grammar!

And, for those who enjoy a good sentence diagramming, I give you this. It's a grammarian trying to diagram some words from the former Governor of Alaska. Good luck with that!

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(image from here)


Michael Taylor said...

loved the Palin link.

kiri8 said...

Ninja! Thank you for this awesome link. I wish I could remember how to diagram sentences; I remember loving it in middle school.

Jim said...

Whatever floats your boat!

Jacquie said...

I loved diagramming sentences as a kid. Now I realize it is that adeptness and interest that eventually showed itself in my love of building a library website. Using words instead of numbers to organize information. What could be better?!

And I cannot tell you how much I love the Palin link. Her fractured grammar defies both logic AND organization.

Jim said...


Glad to be of service!