There are so many misused words in our crazy language. This pair is one of the most confusing because the past tense of one is the same as the present tense of the other. ⇒ ⇒ Lay vs. Lie Lay means “to place something down.” It is something you do to something else. Incorrect:… Continue reading Lay Down the Lie
As I embark on a new semester, I’m planning a unit in which my reading students create and utilize their own blogs. I’m hoping this facilitates motivation and fluidity with students’ reading and writing skills. The blogs will provide a place for students to publish their work and feel a sense of an audience other than me. I’m… Continue reading Bringing Blogging to The Classroom #1
I previously posted about using advisor vs. adviser, but I neglected to share the tricky difference between advice vs. advise. Advice vs. Advise advice = an opinion about how to solve a problem; guidance (noun) advise = to offer advice; to counsel (verb) pronounced advize EXAMPLES: Please give me some advice about what to do. Please advise… Continue reading Some Advice on Advise
Here’s a way to introduce English Literature in the classroom: (adapted from an assignment by the great Jeffrey Leathem, a colleague in my department!!) Anglo-Saxon Boasts We’re going to do a little old-fashioned chest-thumping Anglo-Saxon style. Your boast should include the following elements: A. Self-identification (I am . . .) B. Your immediate ancestry and… Continue reading Toast a Boast!