Walking The Canterbury Tales: The Pilgrims Way

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For my “lockdown holiday” I thought I’d walk the route of the Canterbury Tales. I assumed, wrongly, that there would be loads about it online. There isn’t. There are some great resources, but it took me longer than I’d thought to find a GPX map for my phone so this is a quick tying together of what I managed to … Read More

A Little Game for Roald Dahl Day

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I’ve rejigged a little adjective game I made so that it can be used for Roald Dahl Day. It’s pretty straightforward: Load this webpage:ย  fantasticadjectives Read the text with the class Ask them to add their favourite adjectives in the boxes below Click “Fox It Up” And reread. Happy to make some more if people like them.

Adjective Game for English Lessons

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I’ve had a very quick stab at hacking together a simple version of a game I used to play as a child. Whoever is playing chooses their adjectives and then these are dropped randomly into a famous story. I’ve grabbed the opening to Alice in Wonderland from Project Gutenberg as a first effort. Would love to hear some other possible … Read More

10 worst similes from students

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Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center. He was as tall as a 6?3? tree. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when youโ€™re … Read More

The Weakest Pronoun

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James Pennebaker has discovered some astonishing things about pronouns and how we use them. “Basically, we discovered that in any interaction, the person with the higher status uses I-words less (yes, less) than people who are low in status.” Strange. But then for those who don’t believe there is any gender inequality there’s this. Most people assume that men use … Read More

Plumbers & “Write what you know”

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I’ve heard the statement, “Write what you know,” probably like a million times, but only a handful of times did that make any sense to me. Teacher says, “Write what you know.” Student begins to write. On the planet Jupiter robot warriors called Jenturions launched a . . Teacher corrects, “No, write what you know and it needs to be … Read More