Over the years I have written a few articles. Some were published in local teacher organization publications. They are just sitting here on my computer, so I decided to share them if anyone out there might be interested.
1. WHO, WHOM AND WHOSE—I tried to use humor to explain how to use these pronouns correctly. You will learn about these characters: who-ists; whom-ists, and whom-ists wannabes—those who use WHOM when it is not necessary, trying to impress others with their superior knowledge.
2. UNJUSTLY MALIGNED: IN DEFENSE OF HISSELF AND THEIRSELVES I explain the broken linguistic patterns that cause these forms to be misused so frequently. After you read this article, you will agree that in reality, they are actually not so wrong.
3. INVISIBLE LETTERS—Let’s face it: The English language has so many truly confusing details. I am not talking about SILENT letters, but those that are inserted into words even though there is no written evidence that they should exist. Actually most of them do NOT technically exist. For example, in my childhood in Texas I was shocked when I discovered that the word warsh was spelled without the invisible R.
4. WHAT ROSA PARKS DID FOR ME—A good article for the week of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. As a young white girl, I was confused by how people really behaved when we were taught that “all men are created equal.”
I used a bit of humor to make a very serious point. When I read this while I was substitute teaching for some 8th grade teachers here in Texas, in 5 of the 6 classes, the students gave me a “standing ovation.” The other class was not awake yet.
The classes were multi-racial and most of the students pre-judged me to be a prejudiced old white lady. After I read this article to the classes, students would see me in the hall, come up and give me a friendly greeting, even "grandma" hugs.