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Big Dog's Grammar: A Bare Bones Guide to English

Program

ABE: Adult Basic Education

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

http://aliscot.com/bigdog/ new window
Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional)

Example Document(s)

Big Dogs Grammar Sheet.docx
Big Dog's Grammar Sheet

Activity Description

Has help on subjects, verbs, prepositions, sentence fragments, comma splices and fused sentences, agreement of subject / verb, dangling modifiers, pronouns, active / passive construction, and much more. The site is designed for freshmen, but can be useful to basic education and high school students.

Preparation

Preview the site so you will be familiar with what i has to offer. Print the Example Document 1, Big Dog's Grammar Sheet or send it to the students digitally.

How-To

In grammar discussions, this Web site has accessible sentences and clear definitions and examples.

  1. Open the Web site.
  2. Select a grammar topic or topics. Go through the topic as a group.
  3. Divide students into pairs to go through the other grammar topics. Hand out the Example Document 1, Big Dog's Grammar Sheet.
  4. Make assignments for pairs to research a topic to present to the class.
  5. Have students create quiz questions for the class. As a class or individually answer the student created quiz questions.

Teacher Tips

Pair students of different language levels to allow all students to participate

Levels

Low
Intermediate
High
All Levels

Subjects

Grammar
Writing

Subject Subcategories

Writing
Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
Paragraph Skills
Parts of Speech