Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Why grammar comics are amazing...and where to find them
They just are.
They make students laugh (always a plus) help visual learners, and tend to have very succinct summarizations of otherwise complicated grammar topics.
If nothing else, they give examples that grab student's attention.
But where to find these miraculous creatures?
You can always resort to google. Just google the grammar topic and comic and then click on images. If you need help Googling check out this link.
The downside is that you tend to get a lot of stock images and irrelevant pictures.
I tend to read http://xkcd.com/ and http://www.smbc-comics.com/ every day and Pin comics that I know will work well for me, my classes or topics that come up a lot.
I also keep up on http://www.9gag.com/ as they tend to have a lot of good stuff on you vs your, they're vs their and other common mistakes that your students will relate to (and have probably already seen as they love 9gag)
The comic above is from Boggleton, who has grammar comics involving misused words and participial phrases as well as full on grammar explanations.
Otherwise some sites have specific sections for grammar comics. The oatmeal has some nice full on grammar explanations; such as, how to use a semicolon.
I talked about GrammarCat before. There aren't a lot of strips, but the ones that are there are good.
BrightlyWound is no longer updated, but it does have a collection of grammar comics.
This bitstrips comic has some great grammar reviews
My students just used The Yuniversity, which I decided to look up and was super pleased to see that they have some awesome explanations that students would surely find more interesting than a simple list.