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Pick and choose grammar tips that apply to current lessons
How I Use It
Due to the reading level required, Grammar Girl is appropriate for middle-school through high school age students. Rules of the English language can, at times, get "deep into the weeds," and in such cases only the most devoted students of the English language are likely to want to listen to each and every podcast. But all of us have a grammar gremlins, such as when to use "who" or "whom," using "However" to start a sentence, "lie" versus "lay" and so on. Wise teachers could pick and choose among these lessons to direct an entire class or individuals for an introduction to, or a review of, rules currently being studied.
Is the Grammar Girl app worth the $1.99 when a free web site or free podcasts are available? That depends on your school's attitude towards sponsored content. If become apoplectic with services like Channel One or with school vending machines and athletic scoreboards sponsored by soft drink companies. If this is you, spring for the app. But if your use of Grammar Girls is more episodic, the free versions should work just fine for your classroom.
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips is suite of products including an iOS app, website, podcast, and even a book featuring Mignon Fogarty. Students in middle school and high school, especially those with an interest in understanding punctuation, capitalization, writing style, and
other aspects of the English language from the arcane to the everyday will find Fogarty to be a companionable, quirky, and sometimes humorous companion. The iOS application allows you to listen to podcasts ad free while listeners through the web site or iTunes will hear brief sponsorship messages (think NPR) as part of her presentation. The $1.99 application also provides bonus audio content not available on the web site.
Web users can subscribe Grammar Girl e-mail newsletters, and submit photos of interesting grammar-related items through Flickr.
Grammar Girl is part of a larger collection of "Quick and Dirty Tips" subjects owned by publishing giant Macmillan, so it is possible that students coming to the site could wander to other areas on the site including Money, Career and ork, Lifestyle, Health, and Pets. As far as I could see there is nothing within these areas that are inappropriate for children, but some students may find their topics to be of greater personal interest to them than grammar.