Annual Grammar Day is March 4th
1. Try Out a New Tool
Grammarly: This online proofreading tool checks your text for grammar, punctuation, and style, and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector. It is available as an add-on for Office, for Windows, and as a Chrome Extension.
2. Follow a Facebook Page With a Little Humour
- Grammar Girl: This page is a good mix of light-hearted fun, and short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Grammar Girl makes complex grammar concepts simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules.
- The Grammar Police: Because sometimes we need a bit of humour to engage our minds with grammar. And yes, I just began and sentence with “because”. Oh, and there again with “and”…
3. Check Out Some Books in Overdrive
“Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors?“ by Brian P. Cleary.
Overdrive description: Are you as clever as a fox? Or perhaps you’re as sharp as any spike? If so, this book will be a piece of cake! Clever rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and humorous illustrations from Brian Gable present similes and metaphors. When it comes to grammar, this team is not as slow as thick molasses. Oh no, they’re as bright as polished pennies! Each simile and metaphor is printed in colour for easy identification in this gem of a book. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense – and nonsense – of words.
“The Grammar Teacher’s Activity-a-Day: 180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage“ by Jack Umstatter
Overdrive description: This must-have resource features 180 practical, ready-to-use grammar and usage lessons and activities–one for each day of the school year. The activities included help students in grades 5-12 to acquire, improve, and expand their grammar skills, and become more adept and confident writers.
4. Have Some Fun with Apps, Videos, and BrainPop
- Grammar Wonderland Apps available on iTunes and Google Play
- Schoolhouse Rock Videos on KidzSearch: Okay, I know this is a bit of a throwback, but these videos really do have a way of helping us remember grammar terms and what they mean!