Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Need a smile today?

What I love about teachers: we can find a way to make a lesson out of just about anything. A viral picture on the internet? Lesson. An advertisement with confusing grammar? Lesson. The current Billboard Hot 100 hit? Lesson.

And sometimes, The Powers That Be make it easy for us; all we have to do is order the poster.

Like TheOatmeal.com

Have you seen this? It's full of hilarious, ridiculous cartoons...and INTELLIGENCE. The creator, Matt Inman, has three grammar-based cartoons:

How to use a Semicolon

How to Use an Apostrophe

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling


Now, I will make the disclaimer. On the 10 Words poster, he uses the phrase "a-hole" and refers to an inebriated panda bear. In some schools, this could fly. At my previous employer, I think I would have gotten more flack over the inebriated panda, honestly. Really, neither one would have been fabulous, but well...rural Bible Belt. You get the idea. The point is: know your school.

They include hilarious graphics and cartoon additions to nearly each example. The sentences and examples are seemingly random and unusual, which makes them perfect to fuse with those young neurons. Check 'em out!

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