There are times that I really worry about my sense of literacy. I read so much on line and there’s no guarantee that any of it is going to be properly written or constructed. Liberties seem to be taken with the language regularly and there are some that just don’t appear to care. It irks me to see signs outside of stores or on the street with “there” where “their” should be. Or, gasp! the inappropriate use of the apostrophe. I’ve even been known to go to into a store to help the cause of literacy and report mistakes. It’s always to the embarrassment of my wife “You’re such a teacher”.
Of course, there’s spelling, but grammar also figures high on the scale as well. Even as a computer science teacher, I required my students to submit a written description of their projects. After all, not every computer science graduate will end up being a coder. Someone has to write the documentation or work the support desk and communication is key to the best of supports.
Visual.ly had a fabulous blog post recently. Titled “11 Infographics That Will Help You Improve Your Grammar and Spelling“. I thoroughly enjoyed the post and found myself nodding at many of the tips and reminders in the infographics.
Now, I had been chastised once for supporting great efforts like this. “So and so says that you’re supporting the company that created them.” To that end, my response was a question as to what “so and so” has done recently except complain. To me, anyone that supports the literacy cause in an LOL world can’t be all bad!
As I was taking a look at the infographics in the article, I was checking the source. One of the sources caught my eye.
It was to the web resource Grammar.net.
Talk about hitting the literacy infographic jackpot.
It’s infographic after infographic about all kinds of use of the English language like this little snippet from the graphic about adjectives and adverbs.
You name a literacy lesson and I’ll bet there’s an infographic at the site to support it!
Each of the infographic comes with code to embed it into your class wiki or you could just send your students to the graphic being discussed during today’s lesson.
Language teachers, and we all should be one, should immediately check out the wealth of resources here. Your going to love it.
(I can’t believe I just did that.)
- Literacy lessons reduce truancy rates – in one case by half (schoolsimprovement.net)
- Lessons in literacy lead to fewer truants, says watchdog (standard.co.uk)
- Blog task #2 – the convergence of literacies in the 21st century (blassilog.wordpress.com)
- The World As 100 People, An Infographic By Jack Hagley (laughingsquid.com)
- Toyota Joins Literacy Initiative (motortrend.com)
- All teachers as teachers of literacy? (danielledennis.wordpress.com)
- My Literacy Profile (kirimonique.wordpress.com)
- Top Five Literacy Infographics (teleread.com)