November 19, 2007 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

We do grammar in the tenth grade at CHS (hooray, ISATs) and lately we’ve been working on the more complicated types of nouns and pronouns. I’ve been kind of surprised at how difficult this is for most of these kids.

Often, their questions are really good ones. For example, when we gave them the following task

Underline all of the nouns in the following sentence: Jenny bought Sam his own guitar, but Mark thought it was a mistake.

we had a hard time defending the fact that they should not be underlining “his” and “it.”

Some of their mistakes, though, are pretty perplexing. They’ll randomly underline verbs and adjectives, even when we know they know the difference. And when we get into the complex pronouns and whatnot (like whether you’d say “everyone brought his own pencil” or “everyone brought their own pencil” and stuff like that) there’s a lot of breaking.

So… I think we need visual aids. What do you think? 🙂


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  • 1. ms_teacher  |  November 19, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I have that t-shirt!


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