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ERIC Number: ED352654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-24
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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The Colour of Words.
Farrar, Bernice Lever
Students from the ages of 13 or 14 onward need to know the "colours of words" which can let them live fully in the rainbow of life, thus eliminating student fears associated with written language and of being pawns of those who have the power of words, especially written words. Colour coding the eight basic types of work that words can do in a sentence is an easy, fun way for students to learn English grammar. First, students should work on identifying nouns, marking them in red. Purple pronouns and orange adjectives connect to red nouns. Other colors are black for verbs, brown for adverbs, blue for prepositions and so on. Writing assignments in remedial community college classrooms should focus on practical, short assignments like letters to the editor of the newspaper or job application letters. Expanding the ability to use adverbs and adjectives can be done by writing name poems, for which the student puts the letters of a name in a vertical row and writes a descriptive line about that person using the letters. Students can try color-coding advertisements or popular rap songs. Overheads can be used as the instructor edits and corrects actual published materials, many of which contain mistakes and sloppy writing. After completing a program focused on grammar such as this, students often thank the instructor and gain confidence in facing the challenges of the daily world of communication which each of them faces. (A color-coded illustration is attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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