Let’s eat Grandma!

Let’s talk grammar for a minute.

One of my favorite grammar posters is this one:

Lets Eat Grandma
Poster designed by Tator Bug

Grammar is a thorn in my side. There’s so many darn rules! How can anyone possibly keep them all straight? My favorite high school english teacher, Ms. Matheson, would hate to see this post. ‘Cuz then I’d have to admit that I zoned out whenever she started teaching grammar (and that I just started an incomplete sentence with the word ‘cuz).

In elementary school, I took one of my first stories to my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Jensen (mostly to show off, if I’m being honest. I thought it was hot stuff). She smiled, tucked the paper in her take home folder and said she’d read it  that night. The next day she handed the story back, covered in red ink; some were compliments, but lots were grammar fixes. I hid the story in my desk so no one could see.

I’ve gotten better at accepting criticism, but I still second guess my grammar. Every. Darn. Time. Semi-colons, dashes, commas before quotations… it all makes my head swim. If you can relate, read on. If you are a grammar genius (it’s okay to admit you are) then share some of that wealth below in the comments! How did you learn? Did you sleep with Elements of Style under your pillow each night? Do tell.

For the rest of us, green squiggly lines in Word and internet searches are magical things. Since Word’s grammar tool isn’t always the most accurate fix, here are some of my favorite grammar sites that help keep me on track. Most of the time.

1.  Grammar Girl:  http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Lots of great podcasts on all things grammar.

Grammar Girl

2. The Purdue OWL:  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5/

It’s like going back to school, only I pay attention now. Lots of worksheets. Lots of answers.

purdue 0wl

3. Grammar Gorillas:  http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/

Okay, yes, this is a kid website. But come on, what’s more fun than playing a game to practice something boring like grammar?

grammar_gorilla

4.  Puncuation Paintball: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/braingames/iknowthat/Paintball/Medium.cfm

Another kid website – but another fun one 🙂

Punc Paintball

Any other great grammar sites out there I should check out? Let me know!

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9 thoughts on “Let’s eat Grandma!

  1. I feel a little sad that you, in fourth grade, “thought it was hot stuff” and your teacher washed away some of that enthusiasm for writing and storytelling with her heavy grammar edits. Yes, I think grammar is important – but so are ideas, conviction, plots, characters, perspective, and sheer desire! I bet you are good at focusing on the “whole” writing effort of your students, having had this experience. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I always thought I had a good handle on grammar, but things have changed over the years. What I learned (way back then), is not always true today. Guess I’ll have to check out these grammar links to bone up.

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