Browsing Posts tagged English

Whether you’re passing the time on a long commute or powering through a boring novel you have to write a paper on, nothing beats the audiobook. Except of course…wait for it…if it’s a free audiobook. And you can get dozens of those at LibriVox. LibriVox is an open source project where volunteers record themselves reading […]

I have two pet peeves. 1) Poor grammar usage. 2) Comic-Sans. Fortunately, Big Dog’s Grammar is helping to alleviate ONE of the two frustrations, but perpetuating the other. The guide is a quick and painless MLA list of standards that is written and constructed in a very “bare bones” way. This is a great resource […]

It’s that time of year again when nerds like me can feel subversive. That’s right, welcome to the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, celebrating the freedom to read. If you ever wanted to get kids hooked on reading, you’ve got till October 6 to convince them that reading is a form of sticking it […]

Whenever I get to the end of a book, I’m always a little let down. No novel I’ve yet to read has what I really need in its final pages. What is that, you ask, the meaning of life or something? No, I just would really like to have an index. I spent many a […]

In this age of grammatical informality brought on by email, IM, texting, and yes, blogs, I cackled like a bitter old man when I read the headline to Brian Clark’s Copyblogger post, “Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb.” Clark’s list isn’t comprehensive (he left out the “hear” vs. “here” mistake, for example), and […]

Ah, the works cited page. It’s not just a way to pad the page count on a term paper. It’s also that frustrating last bit you forgot to budget time for while printing your final essay ten minutes before class. But a free site called Son of Citation Machine makes citing sources as simple as […]

Tired of getting nothing in your email but forwards of jokes your uncle sent or one of those no-longer hilarious LOL-cat pictures? Want to read something useful in your emails for a change? Sure you do, and what better email than some classic literature? DailyLit is quite possibly one of the easiest ways to cram […]

In our rush to infuse our lesson plans with tools like blogs, wikis, and other fun words that didn’t exist until a couple years ago, we must remind ourselves this stuff is still new to a lot of teachers. And most importantly, it’s new to a lot of parents and administrators who like things the […]

Quetzalcoatl. Rhinopharyngitis. Mnemosyne. If you tried to say these out loud you’d either have an aneurism or accidentally open a portal to the underworld. Fortunately, there’s a safe way to speak difficult words thanks to (as in, “How do you say…”) is a free online pronunciation dictionary. Just type in a word and […]