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Is Punctuation Really Necessary?

patrick stewart recently defended his dissertation at the university of british columbia what was unusual? he used almost no punctuation which makes me wonder- is punctuation really necessary? According to the Language Log linguistics blog, Stewart wrote the dissertation, which

Posted in English Language Learners, Grammar, Writing

Equity and Grammar Instruction, Or Not Treating Students Like They’re Committing “Word Crimes”

So, I’ll admit that I thought ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s humorous remake of “Blurred Lines,” called “Word Crimes,” was funny. I find misplaced apostrophes and the improper use of “fewer” annoying, because, really, is it that hard? And I wasn’t the

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But What About Grammar?

I think the number one thing I get asked about in regard to literacy instruction is (cue suspenseful music)…. grammar, mechanics, and usage instruction.  Whether it’s a math facilitator wondering if she or he really has to check students’ semi-colon

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