Monday, October 6, 2008

grammar lessons

you know you are teaching grammar to a texan when you have this exchange during your lesson:

me- "so let's look at the word standing" (i write s-t-a-n-d-i-n-g on the white board)- "what is the suffix of this word?"

atlee- "g"

me- "okay, let's think about that answer, if you take away the "g" (i proceed to draw a nice clear box around the g) you are left with root: standin- now, is that a word?"

atlee- "yes"

me- "it is? standin is a word? think about that"

atlee- stands from the chair, slaps both hands on her hips and says (emphatically) in her little southern drawl "standin- like a cowboy standin by the side of the road!!"

Life in the Inn full of Andersons