I’ve listened to Grammar Girl for years and use it as a resource for the writing advice I give my children. The trend at their schools is to not teach grammar as a separate subject which naturally leaves a painful void. And writing as a craft is tackled crudely with not much more than the unimaginative five paragraph essay. To the rescue comes Grammar Girl.
For my high schooler, it has made all the difference to know solid grammar facts as well as understanding that writing is indeed a craft worth mastery with many styles to learn.
For my elementary student, Grammar Pop is a fun way to nail down the basics and specific questions are answered brilliantly in the archive of podcasts. For example she is learning geography and asked what you call someone from Wyoming. Why, she asked, is it so hard to know what to call people? Sure enough Grammar Girl tackled this topic of demonyms in October 2012.
Thank you for this amazing resource at a time when our language skills face the threat of decline as more and more people use simple texts and emojis to communicate. Don’t get me wrong, I love a well placed meme, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the written word.