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Feeding the World With Good Grammar

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 by Stacy

My eight year-old daughter’s brilliant teacher has realized that online learning games are student favorites. FreeRice Grammar is so fantastic, I felt inspired to invite my daughter, Abigail, to join me in this post.

Q: Welcome to the Content Bureau blog, Abigail!

A: Thanks! It’s exciting to be here! (please note correct use of apostrophe)

Q: Please tell us about FreeRice Grammar, and why you like playing it.

A: The website says: “FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme. For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to end hunger. From January 2011, all rice raised through FreeRice will be going to help the people of Haiti.” It’s actually not my favorite, but it’s better then learning grammar in a classroom.

Q: Nice start, thanks. So it’s not your favorite, but how much rice do you think your class will raise for the World Food Programme this year? (please note cleverly disguised math problem)

A: At least 100,000 grains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q: That’s awesome. Can you please share a sample grammar question you’ve seen on Free Rice?

A: Which is correct?

Q: Whoa, that’s a tricky one—even for adults. Our very own Grammar Queen recently pointed out the difference between who’s and whose.

A: I agree, it is hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q: Abigail, do you think correct grammar is important? Why?

A: Yes, because than (sic) it would be harder to read!

Hmmmm. I think I get that. Perhaps a bit more time on FreeRice Grammar is in order. Feed the world!

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