Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity

Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
Does Spell-Check Really Work? An English Class Activity
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Ready to challenge or engage your students with REAL action research on topics they care about?

This activity, “Does Spell-Check Really Work?”, comes from a bundle of 4 real-world inquiry projects for English class . They are NOT formal experiments and lab reports, but they mimic the scientific process of gathering background knowledge, identifying opinions or hypotheses, taking steps to “experiment” with the topic in some way, and reflecting on the results.

In this activity, students try to conclude whether or not spell-check (in Word, Google Docs, and other software) actually works! Students test out word processors AND so-called proofreading websites, identify how many errors each website finds in a purposely-faulty paragraph, and then try to conclude whether or not any of them is sufficient (and therefore whether or not grammar still matters).

Short answer: we still need to learn grammar. (MS Word only found 9 out of my 23 errors!) :-)

This EDITABLE 5-page download includes:
• Overview page with error-ridden paragraphs
• Self-assessment to identify student biases about grammar
• Experiment page (with links to free websites)
• Response questions to analyze results
• Answer keys
• Rubric page

Some of the CCSS standards accomplished include: W.1, W.2, and W.7.

NOTE: I have no affiliation with any of the websites or articles listed in these activities. In order to protect the copyrights of the companies and authors, I have provided links to free resources only; no copyrighted material is located inside this download.

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