Commonly Confused Words and Grammatical Errors: This is a PowerPoint explaining many of the grammar mistakes many of you make when writing or speaking.
Sound Alikes/Homophones/Confusing Word Lists
Sound alike words, also known as homophones, cause confusion. We want you to learn the correct spelling and meaning behind all of the sound alike words. We all have made those mistakes when, for instance, your friend had a hoarse throat and you sent an email that said, "Tommy has a horse throat." Did you really mean that your friend has a horse in his throat? Of course not!
For each list, you will see a chart. You can only do the “Free Activities.” Premium Activities cost money. Notice that “Play a Game” is partly free and partly premium.
- Most Commonly Confused Sound Alikes - List 1: they're, their, there, to, too, two, its, it's
Parallel Structure Practice
Grammar Problems I Found in Your Writing
Using the Articles a, an, some, and the before Nouns (Includes Identifying Countable and Non-countable Nouns)
?The following are about using plural, especially irregular plurals:
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Irregular Plural Game
- Irregular Plurals Match Game
- Plural Fishing Game
Websites on Transitions (requested by a student)
- Transitional Words: ways to bring unity and coherence to a paragraph through the use of transitional words. You can watch a video or slide presentation. You can play a game at three different levels.
- Using Cause and Effect Transitions: an online exercise
- Transitional Words Lesson and Tests: This page will take you to the lesson. Then you can click on the tests (there are 3) to see what you learned.
1. Sentence Structure Writing Practice: Do these writing practices to improve your sentence structure. There are 25. DO THEM IN ORDER. DO NOT DO THEM ALL THE SAME DAY. Try to do about 2 to 4 a day.2. Skillwise: Practical English literacy skills for adults. Choose a topic area.
3. Online Punctuation Exercises: In each lesson, an explanation is given. Then, several exercises follow. These exercises will give you a chance to practice what you learned from the lesson.
6. Understanding Writing Mistakes: This website explains the 4 main types of mistake in written language -- spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage -- and how to avoid them. There are links to exercises to practice correcting these kinds of mistakes.
1. Citation Machine:This resource will show you how to write bibliography and footnotes the right way.
2. A Long List of Idioms (in alpahbetical order)
3. Word Root Quick Reference: This list contains some of the common roots and prefixes that make up the building blocks of many English words.
4. Etymology Dictionary: Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. Just type in a word and it will show you the etymology.
1. Skillwise: Practical English literacy skills for adults. Choose a topic area.
2. News For You: This interactive site uses real news articles to help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand English. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll. Listen to each article in full, or sentence-by-sentence. Ask the teacher for headphones. Click on any story to get started or to hear and see a sample. You will need this password to enjoy all of the features on the site: EF6E60.
3. More Reading Test Practice
6. Reading Test Practice: Below is a list of readings with reading test practice. Click on a title below, read the story, and do the activities listed on the left.
- ?Earthquake Science
- Foster Adoptions
- Oscar Nomination for Palestinian Teen
- Donating Houses to the Community Instead of Demolition
- Saving AIDS Drugs for African Victims
- Death Row Inmate Nominated For Nobel Prize
- Treatment not Time
Something Different but Related to Reading
Interview with Maya Angelou: You can read it and/or listen to this great African American poet read one of her poems and talk with a reporter in this interview.
Run DMC Rapping about Books and Believing in Yourself: It's old but full of good fun.
These are the websites mentioned on the PowerPoint I showed in class. Since they're on YouTube, you will not be able to hear them in school:
- Poetry, Music and the Written Word at the White House, President and First Lady Obama
- Poet Patricia Smith reads at La Pena Cultural Center
- James Earl Jones reciting from Othello by Shakespeare
- Billy Collins, “The Dead” with animation
National Poetry Month: This website has information and links about National Poetry Month.
Poetry Analysis: This handout presents a useful strategy for understanding poetry.
Contrasting Poetry and Prose: Another handout to print.
Line Break Explorer: Explore a poem and make guesses about why lines are broken where they are in poetry. Then experiment with line breaks and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, appearance, and can substitute for punctuation in poetry.
Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives. Watch or listen to citizens read poems they love.
"I Can't Write a Poem" Poem: Use the template to write an instant "I Can't Write a Poem" poem. Click on the left to see the other poem generators.
Poetry Idea Engine: Get your poetry juices flowing and learn how to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more.