Thursday, December 29, 2016

Favorite comments of '16: Anonymouses, Aunti Ann, and momof4

On Classroom grammar instruction, fallacy II: teaching grammar rules to native speakers

Anonymous said...
"people who read enough high-quality prose"

That isn't very many people these days.

Auntie Ann said...
Anon: having two teenagers around and seeing what books sell to kids, it's hard for them to even find high-quality prose. Most of the stuff out today is dreck.

Anonymous said...
@Auntie Ann
"Anon: having two teenagers around and seeing what books sell to kids, it's hard for them to even find high-quality prose. Most of the stuff out today is dreck"

Then they should read classics. I was doing that as a kid over 40 years ago: Mark Twain, Conan Doyle, Jules Verne. Stuff that was old even then.

- Anon

momof4 said...
Agree. The classics are the way to go - and I deliberately seek out old versions, from the used sellers linked to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, because the newer ones have been watered down, both in vocab and in sentence structure. Rosemary Sutcliff's historical novels (young adult) and version of classic legends (juvenile) are great. I was reading Agatha Christie early in ES and later discovered Josephine Tey, Patricia Wentworth, Patricia Moyne, Dorothy Sayers and Ellis Peters - all mysteries and far better-written than most of the modern stuff. Good HS readers can easily handle Tom Clancy - many of my 12yo's teammates were reading his books.

Auntie Ann said...
That's good advice on a family level, and at the moment I'm trying to get the 14 year old into classic science fiction. But on a society level, we need to see better quality writing aimed at our kids. They're not going to pass by Mockingjay or Maze Runner just because the writing is bad, when everyone else is reading them.

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