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Sunday, October 2, 2016
Conventions are a concern of all teachers - regardless of content. Here are some great resources for teachers and students alike. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
there are spelling and grammatical errors, assume that the same level
of attention to detail probably went into the gathering and reporting of
the "facts" given on the site.
husband and I love reading the Sunday newspaper the old-fashioned way:
slowly, working through each section, and spread out throughout the
morning. In winter, we sprawl on the carpeted floor; in the summer, we
settle into our designated chairs on our patio. We sip our coffee and
read quietly, occasionally interrupting the silent camaraderie by
discussing interesting stories and features. It’s
my favorite time of the week, hands down.
some point, every Sunday, I can count on my husband to let out an
irritated, frustrated lament: “Doesn’t anyone proofread this stuff
before it goes to print?” He’ll snap the paper shut and march off to
warm his coffee, shaking his head.
talking about simple, silly things. Grammatical errors. Spelling
missteps. Inaccurate word substitutions. They seem to happen a lot. They
are the kind that should be caught by someone before press time.
week there was a big one, right on the front page, just a few
paragraphs into a story about potential unrest at a political event in
Cleveland. Discussing fears about the potential for violence, the
newspaper quoted an attendee: “Thoughts are with are law-enforcement
never worked in a newsroom, so I certainly should not judge. Maybe
these kinds of errors are inevitable. There may be a hundred different
reasons that they are not caught and fixed. But even as I try not to be
critical, the English teacher in me can’t help but wonder why these
errors occur so frequently.
husband will come back into the room and continue his tirade. “Think
about the communication I send out at work. I don’t make these kinds of
mistakes, right?” He’s asking because I frequently see his written
I tell him I can’t think of the last time I’ve seen him make a mistake.
“Because I have someone else read them first,” he says slowly, as if speaking to a child.
benefits of having others read our communication before we send it out
into the world can’t be overemphasized. Errors stop our readers
mid-stride. They muddle our intended meaning. They make us seem hurried,
careless, and flawed in our message. All of which discounts what we are
trying to say.
expect better from our students; when we teach them to write, we spend a
lot of time insisting that they think about grammar, mechanics,
spelling, and word choice. We ask them to use self-editing and peer
editors. We, ourselves, point out errors and ask that they make the
face it: if one of our students turned in a formal, final paper and
substituted “are” for “our” and “personal” for “personnel” (in the same
sentence) we would be pretty disappointed.
errors in my Sunday newspaper probably won’t go away anytime soon. But
for myself, I strive to meet a higher standard. I only want my best
work to be out in the universe of readers. It’s something we can all
aspire to, right? One writer at a time, we should set a standard for
accuracy and error-free writing. Our writing won't be perfect, but we
sure can try.
This week we look at teaching conventions. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
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