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Subject: eats, shoots, and leaves
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 7:53 PM ET
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Is anyone using this book in grammer lessons?
does anyone have any activities spinning off the book they want to share?
I am still in the first chapter - the apostrophe, and already can imagine awesome activities, because of her style in this book.
She has a 'list' of 'jobs' of the apostrophe. She lists eight, then mentions two more that have been dropped from proper European English, but are still proper in U.S. English - so that's ten!
I was thinking how easy it would be to have my kids (I work in afterschool schoolage, but we do acadamic projects as well as artsy and other 'lesson') make apostrophes out of paper plates, and divide them to list all ten jobs, and hang them as a boarder. Then have them make ONE appostrophe for each of the ten jobs, with just that jobs name written on the apostrophe, and then decorated cool, and do a big example of each job on the bulliten board, with that job's appostrophe being used in that example. (notice that I used my appostrophe approprately, there?)
Also, I like the way she described the poor apostrophe as the poor put out, over worked, multi tasking woman - older kids could write a mini story or dialogue or interview from this veiw point. Maybe write differant ones from differant such characters in the book. (haven't read far enough to be sure there ARE others, other than a brief description of the 'full stop' as the lumpen male of punctuation.)
Anyway - anyone out there using this book?
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 2:26 AM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2008
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They should. It's a great book! I know at my college campus they always have a stock of them I think and English class here is using it.