Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Conjunctive Adverb Blues

One of my junior high language arts classes meeting around my dining room table. I love teaching!

One of my high school classes recently had to use fifteen conjunctive adverbs in sentences. One of my students got very creative! Here are her sentences:

Alas, I have been assigned to write fifteen sentences with conjunctive adverbs in them. So, then I thought, Fifteen? In fact, that's crazy! In spite of this crazy assignment, I still have to do it. At the same time, I understand that it is beneficial for my English learning experience. Nonetheless, I still think fifteen is a bit much. Perhaps Mrs. Reish thinks I that I will be a "conjunctive adverbologist" some day. Then, I have news for you! Eventually, I plan on becoming a photographer. On the other hand, I love working with animals, so maybe I'll become a veterinarian. However, I hate needles,so maybe that is not best for me. Besides, I'm already taking a photography class. No matter how persuasive Mrs. Reish can be, nothing whatsoever can change my mind! Anyway, I don't need to use conjunctive adverbs. Thus, there is no point in writing fifteen sentences about them. As a result....wait! What?! In spite of all my complaining, I've done it? On the contrary, I thought I was pretty bad at all this. As a result, I might become a "conjunctive adverbologist" after all!

Thanks, Sydney Joe Puckett! You are inspiring! :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reader's Pick or Readers' Pick?

Is Five Guys only ONE Reader's Pick? If many readers picked it, it should say Readers' Pick.....wish I had, had my purple editing pen with me!

P.S. Don't second guess on possessives all the time:

1. Write the word you want to make possessive first without even thinking about the possessive part {Readers}
2. Then ask yourself, "Does it end in an s?" {Don't overthink this step and start asking yourself if it's plural, etc....just focus on the final letter in the word.}.
3.  If it ends in an s, simply put an apostrophe on the outside of the s. If it does NOT end in an s, put an 's.


1. One reader picked it--the pick belongs to the one reader: reader's pick
2. Many readers picked it--the pick belongs to many readers: readers' pick
3. One dog owns the yard--the yard belongs to one dog: dog's yard
4. Two dogs own the yard--the yard belongs to two dogs: dogs' yard


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Holidays


I am adding a new little feature to LL 365--the holidays for that month capitalized and punctated properly (well, relatively so!). Many holidays come and people wonder, "Do you cap Day in Thanksgiving Day?" "Do you show possession to Fool in April Fools Day?" etc. etc.

So...for the next few weeks...a list of holidays punctuated and capitalized as correctly as I found! Note that different style guides (i.e. Associated Press vs. Modern Language Association, etc.) choose to punctuate and capitalize lesser known (National Kool-Aid Day!) or newer things (i.e. email vs. e-mail) differently. In those cases, it is truly a style preference rather than a hard and fast rule. So....Happy April...I mean, happy April! :) And definitely, Happy Easter!

All Fool’s Day/April Fools Day

Daylight Savings Time

Palm Sunday


Good Friday


Easter Monday