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  • Summer (school) is Coming!

    The Grammar Punk Method is the brainchild of an English teacher, long frustrated with the way that grammar and punctuation has traditionally been taught. Grammar Punk was created by a teacher for teachers.

    The end of the school year is looming, days are getting longer and

    warmer, and summer is coming! So is Summer School. Grammar Punk can take the glum out of Summer School instruction!

    And were having a HUGE sale!



  • We dont teach grammar and punctuation so students will know how to circle the preposition and underline the prepositional phrase. We teach grammar and punctuation so students will write well.

    I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school. Peter De Vrie

    May's birthstone is the emerald

    Mays birth flower is the Lily of the Valley


    April 21 - May 21

    Dependable and persistent, loyal and patient, and generous


    May 21 June 21

    Adaptable and versatile, communicative and witty, intellectual and eloquent

    May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. It is also a month within the northern season of spring. May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, apropos with the advent of Spring. And Summer.

    May Mentionables

    In many countries, May Day is May 1. This is celebrated as Labor Day in many countries.

    The first Saturday in May is the date of the annual Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse race in the United States.

    Cinco de Mayo or the Batalla de Puebla is celebrated in Mexico on May 5. It is also celebrated widely in the United States.

    Golden Spike Day (1869 - Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad - Promontory Summit, Utah)

    On May 12, International Nurses Day is celebrated. Towel Day is celebrated in May in tribute to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's

    Guide to the Galaxy. The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day in the United States. The Indianapolis 500 is held on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The last Monday of May is Memorial Day in the United States first celebrated on May 5,

    1866 in Waterloo, New York.


  • To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie - True Poems flee. ~Emily Dickinson

    In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer quite the other way I have to go to bed by day. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

    Writing with a purpose April is National Poetry Month How cool is that? An entire month in honor of a very particular type of writing. You just had to know we would be fans.

    1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. 2. literary work in metrical form; verse. 3. prose with poetic qualities. 4. poetic qualities however manifested: the poetry of simple acts and things. 5. poetic spirit or feeling: The pianist played the prelude with poetry. 6. something suggestive of or likened to poetry: the pure poetry of a beautiful view on a clear day.

    Poetry has often received a bad rap, certainly by students in Language Arts classes faced with the task of reading or, gulp, writing poetry! A fate worse than death! We have to respectively disagree. We cover poetry in our Grammar Punk Programs, though its not technically a grammar subject. We offer lessons, cards, and examples covering the simplest rhyming words, to haiku, to the skys the limit. We think poetry rocks. And were right. Writing is of course our favorite medium, expository, creative, you name it. Poetry is right up there on the list. The best part of poetry is the freedom it offers the occasionally rigid rules of language. I know that is not the first thing one thinks of when the word poetry is uttered, but its true. Poetry, with all its attendant rules and limitations can make that same language sing. What could be better? So play at rhyme with your students, work on syntax, verse, and a quatrain or four. Fiddle with sonnets and limericks, blank verse, doggerel. Rhyme, dont rhyme, just write! Write with a purpose.

  • Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. ~Erma Bombeck

    We work with children, troubled children, many of them come here with learning difficulties. This is a great way to get them excited about learning. Rhonda Geissinger, Clarence, MO

    Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Brainstorming Your Brain Brainstorming: to generate creative ideas spontaneously. Sounds simple enough. This is it. Youre sitting at your desk, fingers poised over the keys, eyes trained optimistically on a clean, white, blank screen (or clean, white piece of paper if you happen to be a Luddite). Youre ready to write. Right? Wait. Not so fast. Um, WHAT DO I WRITE ABOUT? Perhaps a better question is: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS? Its called BRAINSTORMING and it can be fun. No, really. The secret to brainstorming is to let your imagination take over about 98% of your brain functions (leaving just enough for breathing and blinking). Try a few of these suggestions: o Look out the window:

    Pretend youre on the other side of the window looking in/something suddenly crashes through

    the window/someone taps on the window/the window is really a porthole and the waves are

    rising/the window is in a spaceship and outside you see... You get the idea.

    Spread the Grammar Punk Constructing Writers Cards (or the K-3 Elementary Cards, the 4-9 Story

    Cards, 9-12 Idea Cards, or the GP Creative Cards) across a table. (See www.grammarpunk.com) Look at

    them very hard.

    Read. Something. Someone. Anyone. Read what and who you like.

    Observe, eavesdrop, listen, experience, daydream, speculate, question, doodle.

    Play with words, expressions, sayings, ideas, clichs, things on your desk . . .

    Write down any idea that pops into your head. Then the next and the next.

    The writing ideas are in there, the challenge is to find that mysterious place where ideas hover, float, fidget, meander, wend, wiggle, gather, flitter, and live. And wait to be discovered. And pieced together in a gathering of words that will, with work, perseverance, and a bit of luck become story. A story. Your students story. Or even your own story. To winnow out those free-floating, often elusive bits of flotsam that are ideas is easierand harderthan you think. But like any hard-won skill, it takes practice, as does anything worth doing. Because the ultimate goal of brainstorming is to formulate an idea that will grow and develop and hopefully resolve itself in the form of a story with a beginning, middle, and an end, it is helpful to at least attempt to tame the flurry of ideas that, once awakened, can bounce around your brain like a ping-pong ball in a wind tunnel. How to wake up those ideas? Ask them questions.

    HHHooowww??? WWWhhhaaattt??? WWWhhheeennn??? WWWhhheeerrreee??? WWWhhhooo??? WWWhhhyyy??? How did the what happen when and where and to whom and WHY? Answer those questions and you have the beginning, possibly the middle, and even the end to story.

    What we recently heard from a teacher.


  • Teacher Appreciation Week! (We think it should be much longer than a week!) Grammar Punk will re-energize your creative spirit, and it has something for teachers of all grade levels. Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching ( May 2-8, 2010.) Good teachers are lifelong learners always looking for good ideas and practices as they pursue powerful pedagogy (we really love alliteration at Grammar Punk!.) Grammar Punk, created by an English teacher, is chock-full of creative, practical, easily-implemented, student-interactive, laugh out-loud fun, effective strategies, a must-have for K-12 school teachers. Help your students become what we want every student to bea thinking, engaged, responsible, and h


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