Re: "Grammar Stinks."

Subject: Re: "Grammar Stinks."
From: "Mike MacLean" <Michael -dot- MacLean -at- alcatel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: 20 Sep 2002 14:01:10 -0400

I would have to agree with this. Even now, I would tend to check a grammar book as
a reference rather than read it cover to cover. Maybe that's just me though. As a
12 year old, forget about it. However, what I did do as a 12 year old that helped
my writing and grammar skills later was to read plenty of good writing (as seems to
be the case with your son already). I believe that exposure to good writing can
help develop good writing. At some point you just have a feel for it. If he's
already reading/discussing at a 9th-10th grade level, I wouldn't worry too much.

Later, in high school, I had a more formal class in grammar. I assume that's still
the case in most schools.

My 2 cents Canadian,


kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com wrote:

> I doubt that you'll be able to get a kid genuinely interested in reading
> about grammar, any more than you'd be able to find a video about flossing
> that he'd really get into. Even a book with a cool title could prove
> disappointing, when he finds out there's no vampire slaying in the book,
> despite its title. I enjoyed "Woe Is I," but I sure don't think my
> daughter would. You and I may enjoy reading books like these, but we're
> professional writers, so these are books about what we DO. 12-year-old
> boys will probably be more interested in reading about Tony Hawk
> skateboarding, or bios of Baywatch castmembers. <g>
> While I love to read and always have, my memories of learning grammar are
> all oral. Or is it aural? Anyway, what I mean by that is that I remember
> what teachers TOLD me about grammar, not what I READ about it.


Michael MacLean
Information Developer
Alcatel Canada

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