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British Literature: Week 7


I enjoyed the School House Rock videos. Conjunction Junction is my favorite but we did not see that one. Watching Busy Prepositions prior to engaging students in a preposition poem lesson may help to get them thinking about the ways in which the words are used. I know I was trying to think of…

The modifiers slideshow was my favorite this week. I liked the way it showed the correct sentences next to incorrect ones. It shows students the way the correct sentences work and how the incorrect ones don’t.

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Yay School House Rock! I remember watching these as a kid and singing along to them all. I even found myself still singing along a little bit now. It is hard for me to say which one would be my favorite because as a kid I loved them all, and they all helped me in their own ways. I loved…

I agree with the videos helping students learn the parts of speech and their functions. The songs are catchy and the students are learning with out even realizing it. When asked bout adverbs or adjectives, these tunes may pop into their head and they won’t have such a hard time remembering.

Week 7

The School House Rock videos were entertaining. Although the only one that I remember from when I was you is the Conjunction one it was interesting to see these three this week. It seems as though kids don’t have these fun and interesting resources anymore. My favorite video from this week was “Lolly Lolly get your Adverbs here.” I was very catchy, much like the conjunction song. It is one of those songs that one would probably remember forever. My favorite from this week was the modifier slide show. I really like this one because I can not stand it when someone writes a sentence that does not make sense. Actually my GPC lesson touched on this and I used Facebook as the example of where we see a lot of this. The Grammar Girl podcast I chose this week is from the Top 5 Tips. “Further Versus Farther.” I chose this because I’m surprised that it is one f the top 5. To me the difference isn’t nearly as difficult as “Affect Versus Effect” or “Who Versus Whom”. It’s simple, “farther” which has the word “far” in it relates to distance and “further” is metaphorical.  

In and into, there is a difference between the two.

You can be in the courtyard but have to go into the school.

With and at, I know about that.

Even though my friends is always with me, she sometimes gets mad at me.

Between and among, this is how it’s done,

The price was split between two, but the pizza shared among three.

Marykate's FSU tumblr: Week 5 Discussion

I chose the same Grammar Girl post because beofre I read it i used them interchabgably even though “couldn’t” clearly means “could not” I just never really though about it. I’m glad that language changes over time it’s just unfortunate that sometimes words stray from their correct context which is not ok.


Since I was born inKentucky, I understand how dialects can differ across the south. In reality, I feel as if the majority ofFloridalacks the typical southern dialect that I’m used to. Even in the videos,Floridawas left out of the ‘South’ dialect. In my opinion, I feel as if many would argue with…

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Not only is it unfair those students got treated that way becasuse of how they spoke but I think it is ignorant. To me, dialect is more interesting than anything. I think that if people take the time out to embrace it’s differences rather than debating which one is right or proper we could learn more from each other.


I’ve always had my own view on dialect because of where and how I have grown up. I spend the first three years of my life strictly in New Jersey and then from then on have spend my winters and time in school in Florida and my summers back up in jersey. Because of this interesting mix I find…

Week 5

The first time I can remember when I noticed that people in the same country as me speak differently was when I was in middle school. My dad was in the ARMY and at the time he was stationed in Washington DC. My younger brother and I were on our six week visit with him and we met friends in the neighborhood. We quickly noticed small things like how the DC kids say “mother” and “father” and they asked us, “why do you all call your parents ‘Momma’ and ‘Daddy’?” It was weird to us, just like they would say “you all” and we said “ya’ll”. We would always just laugh at each other. As i got older and would visit DC the difference in dialect weren’t funny but rather a label of where I was from and that wasn’t always ejoyable. I can remember working at a DC Old Navy last summer while living with my dad and a lady was at my register and the entire time I was talking to her she was looking a bit disturbed. When I happened to speak the word “ya’ll” I guess she couldn’t take it anymore and she asked me very rudely, “Where are you from? Didin’t you mean ‘you all’?” I politely said “No mam, I’m from Florida this is how we speak.” She said, again very rudely, “Well you should say ‘you all’ ‘ya’ll’ is so country!” I replied “Ok mam, well YA’LL have a good day!” (she upset me so I did that purposefully, lol). It may be interesting to know that the woman was African-American and I think she was profiling me because I am African-American as well. I’m sure had a white cashier said that to her she wouldn’t have cared. I think it is sad that people will judge you because of the way that you speak. Not only by determing if you sound black but if you don’t speak what is considered to be properly. Just as this lady called me country I’m sure there are a lot of people up North who would act the same way to a southern speaking person. In my opinion Southerners get a lot of grief for our dialect. The video about the students getting treated poorly because of the way they spoke upset me more than it made me sad. I think to judge anyone by how they speak is ignorant. To me it’s not how you say it but what you say. Just like the phone interviews for the room in the boarding house, I’m sure the black people were saying the same things the white people were saying, it just sounded differently.



In the lecture, what really caught my attention was the point that dictionaries represent how speakers use the language, not to show that it is correct to use these words. That it shows what is happening in society, not what is correct. That is something that I had never thought of before, that…

I like the idea of turning lessons into songs as well. The subordinate conjunction video was a good example. When you create something like that and you are excited about teaching it your students will most likely never forget it (like you never forgot the one to the tune of Yankee Doodle). No matter how silly you feel doing it, you can find peace knowing that your students are actually learning.

Class Blog: Week 4


I strongly agree with Anderson’s ideas of helping students explore behind the error. Like a lot of us in here, I was just that type of student that knew when something was wrong, but up until recently (and in a lot of grammatical instances, up until this class) I couldn’t explain to you why I…

I liked the comment about the dictionary as well. I never thought of the dictionary as a cultural language tracker. I always thought that if it was in the dictionary that it was a proper word. But as I was listening to Spradlin something popped into my head. When I was younger and my mom would take me to school we would always listen to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. One day he was interviewing Beyonce’, then a member of the group Destiny’s Child, and she was explaining how a word that she made up for one of the group’s songs had been added to Webster’s dictionary, the word was “bootylicious.” As I listened to Spradlin and that interview surfaces in my memory, the fact that the dictionary is a cultural language tracker made total sense.

Week 4

So I pretty much ALWAYS get the usage of affect and effect wrong when I am writing. I don’t remember being taught the difference in grade school and the first professor who tried to teach me the difference I was just like “whaaattt?” Even after being taught in the fall y my classmates I still had a hard time remembering the rules. So it comes as no surprise that I chose Grammar Girl’s podcast, “Affect Versus Effect.” The general rule for using these is that affect is typically used as a verb and effect is typically used as a verb. Grammar Girl chose the noun aardvark to help me remember this rule. She says that aardvark is “a very easy noun” and if you take that clause and look at the first letter of each word you can remember “a-v e-n” or “affect-verb effect-noun.” Cool right? There are also some instances where the roles are switched but of course I got confused again when trying to understand that. In this week’s lesson I also enjoyed “Teaching Grammar by Numbers.” I think that it makes perfect sense to just mark your student’s work with numbers and have them look up  and fix their errors on their own. This way they actually learn and mistakes will decrease quicker and they won’t rely on an editor to make their work better for hm. I wish someone had taught me how to write like this instead of just telling me what I did wrong. Maybe I would have understood affect and effect way before now.

Class Blog: Week 1 Post


I don’t think I can say where I really learned what I know about grammar. I remember being in middle school and my teachers putting sentences on the board and having students come correct the errors. I’ve also done worksheets to recognize parts of speech, and practice possession. But maybe where I…

I can’t say exactly where I learned grammar either but I think it was through practice. Practice meaning, writing papers, turning them in, getting a bunch of bad comments about my grammar on them, and then revising. I think the best way to learn grammar is through practice because when all of the rules are just drilled into your head there’s no way you could remember all of that. Just like with anything “practice makes perfect”.

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