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Articles from DECEMBER 2010
Exploring the pathways of our lexicon
December 17, 2010By Ben Zimmer
As 2010 winds down, word-watchers are reflecting on a year of vuvuzelas and robo-signers, gleeks and mama grizzlies. Let's take a look back at some of the lexical highlights from the past year. Continue reading...
We recently spoke to Nancy Mack, author of Teaching Grammar with Playful Poems, to find out how she was inspired to use poetry as an innovative entry point for teaching grammatical patterns to young students. Continue reading...
How can students use prefixes to help them transform words' meanings and to decode unfamiliar words? Continue reading...
Writers Talk About Writing
December 15, 2010By Erin Brenner
Subject-verb agreement sounds easy, doesn’t it? A singular subject takes singular verb, and a plural subject takes a plural verb. Yet The Copyeditor's Handbook lists no fewer than 25 cases that aren't so clear-cut, and Garner's Modern American Usage devotes nearly 5 columns to the topic. Even the comparatively diminutive Grammar Smart devotes five pages (including quizzes) to the topic. What makes subject-verb agreement so hard? Continue reading...
If you are asking too many questions, would you rather be called “curious” or “nosy”? Even though these words have similar meanings, they have very different connotations. This week’s two-page worksheet presents students with twelve pairs of words with similar definitions but different connotations. Continue reading...
Useful sites for educators
Fiction for Young Word Lovers
December 15, 2010
VT @ FETC
February 1, 2011 - February 3, 2011
The Visual Thesaurus will have an exhibit at the 2011 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Visit us at Booth #845! Click here for conference details.