I started teaching again.
I have some new freshmen for my conversation class. We talked about the differences among the terms: dreams, aspirations, ambitions, and goals. We talked about the words realistic and unrealistic. Also taught them the verb "set" as in "to set goals." Then I had them all create a bucket list after I explained the term to them.
For my writing class, I had a lecture on punctuation and then sent them home with 14 pages of reading. The next class period they took a quiz. There were 13 questions, most just "what are commas, apostrophes, hyphens, etc..." but my favorite questions were these:
10) Explain the difference in meaning
between these two phrases:
• a man-eating shark
• a man eating shark
11) Explain the difference in meaning
between these three phrases:
• three-hundred-year-old trees
• three hundred-year-old trees
• three hundred year-old trees
12) Punctuation is important! Explain
the meaning of each of these sentences:
Woman, without her man, is nothing"
Woman: without her, man is nothing"
13) Explain the meaning of each of these
• "King Charles walked and talked half an hour
after his head was cut off
• "King Charles walked and talked; half an hour
after, his head was cut off"
They loved them and it was a fun little exercise that showed them that punctuation in the English language really is important.