If you're having issues learning grammar rules, this activity will help. For this activity, find a friend, and a recent My Community piece you need to edit for grammar.
First, make sure you have all of your large edits done on your piece -- structure, tone, point of view, etc.; don't edit for grammar.
Second, print three copies of your piece. Give a copy to a friend, an adult (like a teacher), and yourself. You all should edit the piece for grammar.
Third, compare all of the pieces. With what grammar rules do you most struggle? Comma usage? Semicolons? The hyphen? Identify your struggle areas, and make a list.
Fourth, learn each grammar rule on your list, and come up with a creative way to memorize these rules. Maybe you could create drawings, or rhymes, or make a song. Find the best way to help you learn these rules. Check out the Grammar Memorization Resource for some memorization strategies. Or comment memorization strategies on the work of your peers.
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