LinguaPhile, November 2006
An e-mail newsletter nurturing the development and enjoyment of English language arts at home and at school.
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IN THIS ISSUE . . .
The Hands-On English program will be exhibited at the annual conference of the International Dyslexia Association in Indianapolis November 8-11, 2006. If you will be attending IDA, be sure to stop by Booth 713 to say hello to Fran and see new products, including Grannie Annie, Vol. 1. Invite your friends to do the same!
Becoming familiar with the products online can
give you a good background for seeing them in person:
Just a year ago we launched The Grannie Annie -- A Family Story Celebration. The 24 stories in Grannie Annie, Vol. 1 provide an insider's perspective on childhood adventures, courageous deeds, and historic events.
Now we're soliciting stories for Grannie Annie, Vol. 2. Students in U.S. grades 4-8 and homeschool and international students aged 9-14 are invited to interview family members and write a 275- to 500-word story about something they learn from their family history. At least ten stories in each of two age categories will be selected for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 2 -- students have the chance to become published authors! Submission deadline is February 14, 2007.
You'll find all of the details about The Grannie Annie -- including guidelines and the required entry form -- at http://www.thegrannieannie.org.
Young people who are considering submitting a story to The Grannie Annie may want to look at stories that were selected for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 1. The stories are available online, and you can even "sneak a peek" at the layout of the book at http://booksfromtheheart.com/grannieannie/index.html.
You can order this first-in-a-series collectors'
Holiday gatherings provide an ideal opportunity to interview family members and preserve their stories for future generations.
Portico Books and Thumbprint Press, cosponsors of The Grannie Annie, offer the following suggestions to help young people start gathering information for their stories.
• Identify your family storykeepers. You may want to begin by
interviewing these people who especially enjoy talking about
times past. Ask about the bad times as well as the good times.
Additional suggestions for capturing family stories are
Ben Franklin believed in strong personal character development. He planned to be successful by excelling in the thirteen specific character traits listed below. He set a goal to focus on improving one of these characteristics each week. The next week he would work on improving another character trait with equal determination.
Week after week he focused on improving one character development trait at a time. After thirteen weeks he finished the list and simply started at the beginning of the list again. He worked his plan for over fifty years -- one week and one characteristic at a time. History suggests that his plan worked.
Below are the thirteen character traits Ben Franklin worked on to improve his chances for success.
Suggestions for Implementation
Questions for Discussion
We hope you have found this Teaching Moment helpful. Please
http://www.TeachingMoments.com for additional
easy-to-implement ideas for parents and teachers.
Consider doing some of your holiday shopping at
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Hands-On English and its companion products, you can also
read about dozens of Fran's favorite books and -- for most of
them -- link immediately with her review of the book and with
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Grannie Annie, Vol. 1 would be a wonderful gift for so many people on your shopping list: teachers, librarians, senior citizens, students. If you have a business with a waiting room, consider getting a copy of Grannie Annie to share with your clientele.
Hands-On English would be a welcome resource for
teachers, students (4th grade or older), or anyone who wants to
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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong -- because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
--George Washington Carver, U.S. scientist (1864?-1943)
Synesthesia is "a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color" (yes, some people seem to be wired this way!). A related kind of synesthesia is often used in the arts, where something that occurs in one medium is described in terms of another -- for example, "a yellow scream."
The Phantom Tollbooth, a children's novel by Norton Juster, employs synesthesia when an orchestra conducted by Chroma "plays the sunrise" and a handclap in the Valley of Silence is described as "a single sheet of clean white paper fluttering to the floor."
Synesthesia can help students find innovative ways to describe ordinary things. Suggestions for activities to promote synesthesia, including a foolproof formula for describing abstract concepts in terms of various sense images, are available at http://GrammarAndMore.com/edu/archive/issue2.htm#learn . (See items #5, 6, and 7.)
(Yet another variation of synesthesia is "referred pain," in which stimulation to one part of the body results in pain in another part.)
Hands-On English includes more than 200 morphemes,
along with their meanings and examples. Knowing the meanings of
morphemes can help you unlock hundreds of words the first time
you encounter them. Reviewers of Hands-On English have
said that the vocabulary section alone is worth the book's
modest purchase price. Learn more -- and place your order -- at
Question: Our son, a college freshman, recently
received a letter from the U.S. Air Force with the following
I was annoyed by the period outside the closing quotation mark and was appalled by the dangling modifier at the beginning of the sentence! I often find similar constructions in my job as proofreader for a weekly newspaper. Here's another example: "Driving down the street, the weather seemed sublime."
Some of these sentences are written by my superiors, so I am wondering, Has there been any easing up on the rules regarding modifiers?
Could you also please tell me whether adding the word "since" would make any difference grammatically: Since you are an inbound cadet, new to our AFROTC program, we strongly encourage you to attend Operation "Purple Dawn."
Answer: As far as I know, there has been no relaxation of rules governing dangling modifiers -- just an increase in errors and an increase in the number of people who are oblivious to them!
Adding the word "since," as you suggested, would indeed make a difference: It eliminates the dangling modifier by making the phrase part of a clause with a subject and verb of its own.
I think you would enjoy SPELL -- the Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature. Dues are only $15 a year, and the organization sends out an eight-page print newsletter every other month. Richard Lederer is a frequent contributor. SPELL even provides its members with GOOF cards so that they can gently inform offenders about correct use of English. For more information about SPELL, see http://www.spellorg.com
Additional Explanation About the Previous
In the second example, the present participle
"Driving down the street" should describe weather. Since
the weather was not driving, there is a problem. Here are some
Hands-On English will put a wealth of information at your fingertips so that you can quickly find what you need to know about grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and more. Get details -- and place your order -- at http://www.GrammarAndMore.com/product/hoe.htm
We invite your questions for this feature:
If you're not already using Hands-On
English materials as your principal language arts curriculum,
why not order the "Package" as a supplement to your present
program? The "Package" includes
You can find a complete table of
contents and a few sample pages from Hands-On English and
the Activity Book on the books' respective pages (links
are near the bottom of the pages):
Using the materials as a supplement is an excellent way to try them out. You'll learn how students can benefit when each has a personal copy of Hands-On English.
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Many companies have their employees take the Myers-Briggs or another personality inventory so that they can recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and be more understanding of their colleagues, friends, and even family members.
The Treasure Tree by John and Cindy Trent and Gary and Norma Smalley helps children as young as two or three years to understand that people approach the world in different ways.
The story opens when four good friends, Lance the Lion, Honey the Golden Retriever, Chewy the Beaver, and Giggles the Otter, receive a treasure map from a wise owl. With the map are four riddles, each of which will lead to a key that will get the friends closer to the Treasure Tree.
In the course of their adventure the animals learn that the qualities that make them different from one another are the very qualities that make their quest successful. Not one of the animals could have found the Treasure Tree alone.
At the end of the book is a brief personality checklist (five questions per animal). Understanding the characteristics of their own personalities -- and the personalities of their family members and friends -- can help children get along with and appreciate people around them.
Published by Word Publishing, 1992, 112 pages.
A "kangaroo" word is a word that contains a smaller word that is its synonym. The letters in the smaller word are in order but are not necessarily consecutive. For example, masculine is a kangaroo word containing male.
Find the smaller synonym in each of the following kangaroo words.
Answers will appear in the next issue.
Answers to July Puzzler: (Puzzle items are repeated before answers are given.) Simply say what you see here to "read" these common phrases. For example,
would be "side by side."
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