Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, Skyped with Kristi McGrath’s grade 8 English class. Ms. Fogarty addressed questions on the following topics: quoting dialogue, misspelling homophones, ‘dirty words’ such as affect and effect, texting grammar versus more formal writing, the correct usage of parentheses and dashes, and last but not least, the serial comma.
Ms. Fogarty also told stories of people who missed opportunities because they did not know how to write grammatically correct cover letters and resumes. She compared writing to dressing; dress and write appropriately for the occasion. Don’t wear shorts to an interview; don’t use text spelling and grammar in a resume.
We are extremely appreciative to Grammar Girl for giving her time to our students. It is essential that kids be exposed to intelligent people who work in the real world. This kind of opportunity generates creative thinking and a window into future possibilities.
Many thanks as well to Richard Rohrer at MacMillan for putting us in touch with Mignon Fogarty and to Kristi McGrath for preparing her students and facilitating the conversation.
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Thank you, Grammar Girl!