Grammar Ninja is one of those utilitarian games that can fill a small gap in an ELA classroom with little prep or worry since it's free, easily accessible, and only takes a small amount of time to setup and play. It'll work fine as a followup to lessons about parts of speech to give students some variety, and the opportunity to practice their skills in an interesting way. Be prepared, however, to answer questions if students identify inconsistencies; this can actually be a valuable learning opportunity though.Continue reading Show less
Designed by a high school student, Grammar Ninja is a simple point and click browser game aimed at helping students identify parts of speech. Players click on words in sentences and match them with parts of speech; they can also "write" on the screen with their mouse, marking other parts of speech as they like. Incorrect answers result in a gentle correction that lets the player know what part of speech they actually clicked on. When they are done with each round, players are given a score based on their accuracy, time taken, and difficulty of the level. There are three difficulty levels, each covering a different subset of grammar. Unfortunately, beyond the ninja theme there's not much fun or playfulness to be found.
Students identify basics such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, and articles, but are not exposed to more in-depth content, such as prepositional phrases. They also don't apply language, see language in context, or build any skills. And, technically, students can just guess their way through. If weighed against traditional paper and pencil practice, Grammar Ninja is more fun and the feedback and help screens can teach students what they may not already know. However, with few levels, and only 30 total challenges, students will play through quickly, providing a potentially novel albeit short experience.