Katharine and I are having trouble editing and saving posts. This is a test.
I just re-read the post about listening in French & discovered that the section on the reason French children write dictees doesn’t make sense.
Should be fixed now.
I’ve just noticed that the Financial Times has a “Someone is wrong on the Internet” series.
I love it !
We need one, too.
I’m thinking I should start by posting my collection of danglers.
Here’s a good one:
When approached at his home at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac, Kennedy’s stepmother Deborah, refused to comment and drove in through the automatic gates.
– Exclusive: This is the 22-year-old ‘heroin addicted’ convinced armed robber who was Aaron Hernandez’s prison lover and the last person to see him alive – now on suicide watch by Martin Gould | 4/24/2017
Something is dangling on the Internet.
Also, someone is putting commas between subjects and predicates.
(Kennedy’s mother Deborah, [SUBJECT] refused to comment … [PREDICATE] )
And see: Are danglers wrong ?
Where are the Share buttons?
They show up when you click on a post.
Catherine: Katharine Beals and I have a new project coming out this month: a linguistically-based, do-it-yourself writing curriculum embedded in Ed Berenson’s textbook for Oxford, Europe in the Modern World: A New Narrative History since 1500.
It’s one of a kind: all of the exercises use sentences from the text, so students learn how to write about history using the history they’re actually learning.
Writing should be taught inside the disciplines, not outside, but for many history professors that’s really not feasible. Today’s students enter college needing help with sentence structure, paragraphing, cohesion — they need extensive work on the fundamentals. It’s too much to manage inside one course.
That’s the problem. Only a handful of colleges and universities offer discipline-specific writing classes situated inside departments; most rely on stand-alone composition classes and writing centers.
Our solution: a sequence of step-by-step, do-it-yourself exercises that begin with the sentence and end with the history paper. Professors can spend as much or as little time overseeing the exercises as they wish.
I’ve been blogging at Kitchen Table Math since 2005, mostly about math education, but more recently, after becoming an instructor of freshman English, about grammar and composition.
I’ll pick that story up later on. Here’s Katharine —–
Katharine, here: I’ve been blogging at Out in Left Field since 2008, and posted my final pieces this past week–including a couple on penmanship and one on my autistic son J. I’m excited to join Catherine here at catherineandkatharine.wordpress.com.
You can read more about each of us here.