Okay, teacher friends, can you spot all of the errors in these two sentences?
Welcome to M.U.G. Shot Mondays, where students master Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar by working together to proofread real-world writing examples featuring the most common errors made by teen writers.
Students begin by writing down the flawed sentence I project on my whiteboard and then they work together to edit/make corrections. After the class agrees on all of the edits made by the student writing at the board, I go over the marks, explaining the rules that apply. After three sessions, I collect the students’ papers and give points for accuracy.
Years of marking high school papers have helped me refine these sentences to hit the most common mistakes made by students. In my class, the correction of natural, real-world sentences has been far more effective at teaching grammar rules than exercises from our textbook. Try it and watch your students naturally apply these lessons to their writing.