By Kitty Burns Florey
As soon as wildly well known in grammar colleges around the kingdom, sentence diagramming has fallen out of style. yet are we that a lot worse for no longer realizing the word-mapping method?
Now, during this illustrated own background that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the increase and fall of sentence diagramming, together with its invention via a mustachioed guy named Brainerd "Brainy" Kellogg and his filthy rich partner Alonzo Reed ... the inferior "balloon diagram" predecessor ... and what diagrams of sentences by way of Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and different well-known writers display approximately them.
Florey additionally deals up her personal commonsense method of studying and utilizing strong grammar. and she or he solutions a few of literature's so much urgent questions: used to be Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper a greater grammarian? What are the silliest grammar principles? And what's Gertude Stein obtained to do with any of it?
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The students had swallowed the story hook, line, and sinker! indb 29 12/12/13 2:53 PM 30 IN THE CLASSROOM was surprised at the power of her storytelling. It made for a very animated and engaged class, with the side eﬀect being the understanding of a new structure within the context of an interesting story. Stories with Your Own Students as Protagonists To add a little variety and shift the attention from you, make up stories using your students as the main characters. It is important to choose students who you know for sure can take a joke, or ask a student to pick a name from a hat so you are not accused of picking on somebody.
The password is: learn. ” Student 1 must seek out a Student 2 partner, so that they don’t always talk to the person sitting nearby. • If you organize small groups, know how many students you have (let’s say 25 students), divide that number by the groups you want (let’s say groups of four), have them sign oﬀ in the target language from one to six, then ask all 1s to get together, all 2s to get together, etc. You will have one group of ﬁve. • Use the grammar point you are covering to group students.
Indb 34 12/12/13 2:53 PM INTRODUCING GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY 35 • Use vocabulary and structures that have already been presented in the book before the current lesson. Students’ understanding of the story will depend on this. • Use images imaginatively: embellish, add drama, be wild, stretch the truth, lie . . but make it memorable. Good teachers are good storytellers. • Base your story on known material, so that the only “unknown” is what you are introducing. The majority of what you say must be comprehensible.