Grammar Wednesday


from the Chalkboard Manifesto

I am not really looking forward to going back to work today.  The kids are delivering “special occasion” speeches and we’ll watch Bill Clinton give a commencement speech, but that’s all I’ve got planned for the afternoon.  I’ll report back on how many kids actually handed in mid-terms.  Wish me – and them – luck.



Filed under concerns, dumbassery, frustrations, Grammar

9 responses to “Grammar Wednesday

  1. “Special Occasion” speeches? Will there be formal dress?

    Good luck.

  2. You’re kidding, right?

    I’m only rolling my eyes because the book that I’m using has a video to accompany it, and in that video there are several “needs improvement” and “final version” speeches that I can show the kids. I did show them one, and asked them to note, like Goofus and Gallant (which was a reference none of them got), what they saw as things needing work and what the “finished product” version did right. ALL of them mentioned the way the kid was dressed in the before and after videos. Did ANY of them dress even remotely nicely for their first speeches? Um, that would be a resounding “NO.”

    Special occasion speeches, since I failed to define them earlier, are speeches that one would give at – wait for it – a special occasion. A toast at a wedding, a commencement speech, an introduction of someone for an award or recognition, a celebratory speech at a birthday or retirement party, a eulogy, an acceptance speech, that sort of thing. I’m going to show them one of Clinton’s commencement speeches that I’m particularly fond of, and we’ll go from there.

  3. AWWWWWW!!!! Jealous! That sounds like fun.

    I would love to present an award at the Oscars!!! I would totally have a blast writing a speech to intro the Best Animal Actor in a Film award or something equally as funny and cheesy!

  4. Sad, but funny:

    I delivered the eulogy at my dad’s funeral; it was basically a two-minute comedy bit and the crowd laughed out loud. I’m incredibly proud of that special occasion speech and I think it was a great example of how to honor the individual and the guests at the same time.

  5. I cannot wait to hear about your return. Oh, I miss Bill.

  6. May at least one of them come dressed for success (although, based on the wardrobe of many of the students who showed up for the funeral I went to recently, the odds aren’t worth putting money on).


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