ABE English, In the Classroom

Proper Adjectives/Using Adjectives to make your writing more concise

What do Trumpian tweets, French poodles, and Buddhist monks have in common? They are all described using proper adjectives! Proper adjectives are based on names and need to be capitalized. They tend to be based in either a certain place or person. Take a look at some examples: Practice Use adjectives, both proper and common,… Continue reading Proper Adjectives/Using Adjectives to make your writing more concise

ABE English, In the Classroom

Adjectives in a nutshell

The following is based off of: Grammar and Usage for Better Writing. What is the difference between a dog and that short, white dog? Dog means any dog at all. The words that, short, and white modify (change) the meaning of dog from any dog to a specific dog. These words are called adjectives. An… Continue reading Adjectives in a nutshell

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What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

Lately, there has been a switch from English classes focused on critical readings, mini-lessons and writing workshops to standardized composition courses. My latest visit with my former English teacher left me with a palatable sense that he feels his freedom is gone and he's now trapped. The times when he would scour first his home… Continue reading What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

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Give it up for flexible seating!

It's sometimes too easy to criticize the state of education and so I want to  mix things up with a positive educational trend: flexible seating. I'm writing on the subject in the hope that it becomes the norm rather than a novelty. The benefits I see to flexible seating come from my experience as a… Continue reading Give it up for flexible seating!