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text 2018-09-09 18:06
David Gets in Trouble
David Gets In Trouble - David Shannon

David Gets in Trouble, written by David Shannon, is another silly book about David. David is getting in trouble yet again and he comes up with different excuses for his bad behavior. I can use this book in my classroom to teach about the different types of sentences (command, question, exclamatory and simple) and punctuation (period, question mark and exclamation mark). We as a class can go through each sentence and determine what type of sentence it is and identify the punctuation.


5 stars


Lexile BR160L

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review 2018-06-28 03:21
Crime & Punctuation (Deadly Edits, #1)
Crime & Punctuation - Kaitlyn Dunnett

My ratings don't set out to be objective, critical reflections of the book I've read, so upfront, this rating reflects the disparity between myself and the book's primary demographic.  I'm too young as yet to really appreciate what this series offers.


Mikki is a 60-something recent widow who pulls up stakes and moves back to her hometown in the Catskills area of New York.  Her life is taken up with worries about living on her retirement income while renovating a house; she has hearing aids in both ears, and her closest friend is frequently crippled by her arthritis.  This last bit was really the only part I was able to identify with, as my bff has battled psoriatic rheumatism for 3/5ths of her life, and my husband has just been diagnosed with a rarer form of rheumatism in spite of being a sprightly early-forty-something (sorry, that's not coyness; I just don't remember exactly how old he is).  Mikki's friend in the book appears to even be on the same medications.  


So given this connection, it's not the infirmities that left me feeling too young for this book, but rather the mindset.  I don't know if it's always been thus, but at some point each person becomes aware they are 'old' by societal standards.  Reactions differ of course, but the one Mikki seems to adopt is a subtle loss of confidence and self-worth.  She doesn't quail externally, but her internal dialogue is liberally peppered with retreat, an assumption she won't be believed because of her age, a pervasive sense of impending weakness.  This is what I don't identify with and why I failed to connect.  I don't think the author set out to create a frail character in any way, but she'd definitely created Mikki to appeal to readers who can relate to those doubts, fears, and adjustments that become necessary to face as time marches on. I'm not there yet.


Unfortunately, the mystery plotting wasn't enough to overcome this for me.  It was solid, but nothing spectacular or surprising.  Dunnett didn't telegraph much, but her structuring of the story gives the murderer away if a reader has read a superfluous number of mysteries over the years.


Characters are generally pivotal to the plot, or secondary outliers used to fill out the story and the MC's life - it's when a writer creates a character that straddles that line that's a flag; the character that fits neither category is usually the murderer.

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Overall, this is not a bad mystery; certainly not a bad first mystery.  And I loved the bits about editing.  She includes some quick usage rules at the back as a short appendix that is enough to make me want to hang onto my copy of the book.  I finally have an easy to remember rule for hung and hanged.  But I don't think I'll be continuing with the series.  At least, not anytime in the foreseeable future.  I still have a lot more growing up to do.

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text 2018-06-27 08:32
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 304 pages.
Crime & Punctuation - Kaitlyn Dunnett

I'm definitely too young for this one.

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text 2017-12-23 07:45
Improve Your Diction With These Punctuation Tips

Punctuation marks are an integral feature of English language essay writing. But many students struggle to understand how they are supposed to incorporate them within their work. This problem is even more prevalent among the international students’ community because punctuation marks are a concept primarily found within European languages. Students coming from Asia and Africa are typically unfamiliar with their use and are hence unable to incorporate them effectively.

If you are looking for strategies to enhance your writing prowess, then nothing will be more useful than using punctuation marks effectively. This blog will effectively guide you on how to do precisely this. Alternatively, you can always solicit academic aid from the best essay help UK.

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The comma is probably the most widely used punctuation mark; but it is also the trickiest to understand where and when to use. There is virtually an endless number of situation in which a comma can be applied; so much so that it warrants its own blog. Below are the two most delicate of circumstances surrounding the use of the comma:-

  • One of the most controversial aspects of its usage among scholars is before the word ‘and’. Technically speaking, it’s not against grammar rules to do so. However it’s better that you don’t since many people tend to frown upon this.

  • Another potential grammar landmine in relation to comma is the word ‘which’. Typically when it is being used to carry forward towards an idea or explanation; there is a comma preceding it. Not using a comma here is one of the most pervasive punctuation errors that students make. You can avoid taking such a risk altogether and substitute ‘which’ with ‘that’ instead.

Apostrophes Vs. Quotation Marks

These are two punctuation marks whose usage is perplexing for many students who often confuse one for the other. The difference between these two is actually very simple. Internalise this information:-

  • Apostrophes are used in circumstances when you want to want to quote something as being said by somebody, or something, else. It is supposed to convey that the statement in question is doubtful and is likely to not be true. For example; “she gossiped with a ‘ghost’”.
  • Quotation marks are used in order to quote in your project. This makes it especially important for the situations where you need to include a direct quote from a researcher. An example would be; the professor said that “there will be absolutely no tolerance for this kind of behaviour”.

Speech Marks

Another great punctuation mark tip that all students should know is that it is always best if you close quotation marks with a punctuation at the end. Case in point; “Hey, don’t go!” This rule is applicable irrespective of all and any circumstances; if you are quoting somebody’s speech then it has to end on a punctuation mark. Of course, this last suggestion isn’t suitable for all kinds of essays; only for narrative essays where you have to essentially tell a story. But it’s good to know it just in case so that you are ready for all and any type of writing challenge.

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review 2017-02-27 20:50
Punctuation Celebration
Punctuation Celebration - Elsa Knight Bruno,Jenny Whitehead

This book is good for learning about how to use punctuation and how important it is. The book could be used in my classroom by learning about expressions in reading and how they help us be fluent readers. We could go over sentences and say them in different manners so choose which punctuation is correct. The book would be useful by reading and showing examples of how important punctuation really is. I think this book would fall in the K to 2nd grade area. The Lexile Level is 650L.

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