Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2012’

Why Are English Teachers So Unteachable?


My headline is intentionally provocative. Sorry about that. I’m sure there are plenty of humble, teachable English teachers in the world. I just seem to encounter a lot of particularly pugnacious ones. Maybe a blog like this attracts the stubborn ones in unusually high numbers. If you are an English teacher who is open to new information and willing to change both …

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What a Comma Splice Is and How to Fix It


I just read this sentence on a student paper:

“Everybody is different, throughout history, though, stereotypes have caused big problems.”

This is an example of a common problem among young writers: the comma splice. Let’s take a look at what a comma splice is and how to fix it.

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The Heroic Journey 10: The Premise, or What the Story’s About


This article is another guest post from author and former WriteAtHome writing coach, David Sims. The series discusses the common characteristics of great stories.

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Getting Articles Straight: A, An, or The?


Some student writers just have a hard time knowing which article to choose. I marked a paper recently with the sentence below:

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Sunday Comic: Allergic to Grammar Errors


Okay, this one’s a tad gruesome, but I had to share. Thanks, David Sims!

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