Month: June 2008

Simple words…

Life is fragile. Loss runs deep. An email this morning from my son-in-law's sister reminded me of this as she reflected on what would have been her little boy's first birthday. Stillborn, Brayden entered this world a year ago today. His short life has deeply impacted...

Plurals, possessives, and apostrophes | Jane’s grammar nugget

Jane Straus, late author of The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, has helped thousands of readers make sense of grammar. Today, we're sharing some of her tips for dealing with three more grammar bugs. Jane often said that many people have been taught incorrectly,...

Learning disabilities & writing, Part 2

Learning disabilities & writing, Part 2

In Part 1 of Learning Disabilities and Writing, I broadly defined three particular learning challenges: ADHD, dysgraphia, and dyslexia, specifically identifying how each affects a student's writing. Well, it's one thing to put your finger on the problem, but quite...

Learning disabilities and writing | Part 1

Learning disabilities and writing | Part 1

Part 1: The Problem My son is a brain. What can I say? He's in England right now finishing up his master's degree in philosophical theology. I can't read most of his papers, but not because they're illegible. His vocabulary simply surpassed mine years ago. He was a...

A real proof copy. Really!

I'm beginning to think someone has let a gremlin loose between the pages of WriteShop Primary. Maybe that cute little tiger has secretly gone undercover to wreak havoc moving bullet points and misspelling words. In the last week alone, David has sent me four---yes,...

Not your grandma’s grammar! | Jane’s grammar nugget

Jane Straus, late author of The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, can help us modernize Grandma's grammar! Jane says: As if it isn’t enough that computers have influenced just about every area of our lives, you’d think that something as sacred as the English...

The improtnace of slef-edintig … and the power of the human mind

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