To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem called “Hands Beyond Hands Beyond Hands” from his book “The Safety of Edges.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem called “Sabbath” from his book “The Safety of Edges.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem about gratitude from the 12th century Tamil woman, poet, and saint Avvaiyar and her book “Moothurai.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma reads a poem called “Cascadian Lyric.”
Carlos asks, “How do we know if we should use me or I?” Here Thomas gives a simple and cozy way to remember the difference between me and I.
Donya asks, “Why is it important to teach in many different ways?” Here’s an answer from Thomas, drawing on the wisdom found in a poem by the Tamil woman, poet, and saint, Avvaiyar.
In a recent Ask Cozy Grammar session, Angie F. wanted to know more about Cozy Grammar and its courses. Here Thomas gives an overview of how Cozy Grammar came to be.
With so many of us now learning from home, have you found yourself needing grammar help, resources, ideas, or support for your kids? Do you want to learn or teach language in ways that inspire creativity and confidence? Send us your question and we’ll answer it in a video!
Dennis E. asks, “What is your teaching experience and background?” Here Thomas describes his experience with grammar and language, explaining how he brings his life’s work as a writer to his work for Cozy Grammar.
Even the brightest students of English grammar can become confused about whose or who’s. In fact, a student from Kahului, Maui, recently asked me to clarify the difference in an Ask Cozy Grammar video. After you take a peek, I’ll share three keys I’ve discovered to remembering grammar easily, keys you can easily use with your students.
A topic that can sometimes intimidate students (or their teacher or parents!) is how to use quotation marks in a sentence. Everything seems fine till you need to combine quotation marks with other kinds of punctuation marks, like periods and commas. Does the final period go inside or outside the quotation marks? Here’s our answer.
Marie and I have both long believed that grammar can enhance creativity. We’re therefore particularly delighted to share a poem written by one of Cozy Grammar’s students, Miguel Gonzalez Del Castillo. Miguel wrote the following poem in response to a creative writing assignment in the Basic Cozy Grammar Course.
Do you remember the first time you discovered exclamation marks? How powerful! And how fun! These marks can serve powerfully, especially when used adeptly. But using exclamation marks adeptly can take some practice. That’s why we wanted to share two free excerpts from our Basic Cozy Punctuation Course.
Punctuation can often seem intimidating. Everywhere we look, there appear to be different and contradictory rules about how we’re supposed to use all these dots, lines, and squiggles in our writing. But as Marie explains, punctuation is simply a tool to clarify meaning and prevent misunderstanding.
Marie celebrates the natural world and the power of imagination. Here’s an example of how Marie uses nature to walk students through the writing of an expository essay. In this month’s first free excerpt, Marie uses the basic essay format she teaches in the Basic Cozy Essay Course to write an essay about the beach in front of her Cozy Beach Cottage.
In the Basic Cozy Essay Course, Marie distinguishes between the format of an essay and the purpose of an essay. The format of an essay is the technique of the essay, the simple building blocks with which it is made. The purpose, on the other hand, is the reason why any particular essay is being written. This reason might be to make a point, tell a story, or review a book, for instance.