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Teaching the Parts of Speech, Nouns

You can look over some example of each of the parts of speech here.  However, if you are using this to teach your student (and I would do this around 9 or 10 years of age, although children *can* learn it younger, I think their time is better spent on other things), I wouldn’t spend […]

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Sample Dictation Lesson

From Primary Education – Volume 28 – Page 215 Dictation Lessons: Need for Dictation Lessons: In composition the thought is stressed all the time. “Bear hard upon your subject,” says a book of advice to adult writers. “What is it you are trying to say?” we ask again and again when a child becomes self-conscious […]

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How Can Children Understand the Vocabulary of Good Books?

American poet and author Phyllis McGinley says: “Whose invention was this vocabulary restriction I cannot say [I can!]. Librarians deplore the trend, publishers disclaim responsibility, authors declare themselves stifled by it, children detest it. But the fact remains that somebody has set up as gospel the rule that odd words, long words, interesting words, grown-up […]

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Writing changed how we think

“Writing supported social enterprises of unprecedented complexity, but it also had a powerful effect on the human mind. As Walter Ong memorably put it, “Writing is a technology that restructures thought.” Reading knits together regions of the brain that evolved for different purposes but connected around the challenge of recognizing and deciphering texts. Writing also […]

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The What and How of a Precis

As mentioned previously, one of the writing assignments Miss Mason taught her students was precis writing. Of the two best English courses I have ever had in high school, for one of them the teacher required at least a weekly precis on something we had read in class. She said that again and again, students […]

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