Friday, September 26, 2014

Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oeischlager

Good Day Dear Readers,
Today we delve into the art of Language with a book to help young scribes with their writing structure. Don't Dangle Your Participle is a beautifully illustrated, fun look at how troublesome misplaced participles can be for everyone. And, how to fix it.

First the author starts off with a description of Dangling Participles, then goes into some examples.

Every classroom should have this book. As always, we've found a few activity ideas teachers can try using to go along with the book.
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Don't Dangle Your Participle

Author: Vanita Oeischlager
Illustrator: Mike DeSantis

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Vanita Books (May 1, 2014)
Reading level: Preschool - 3rd grade
Book Info: Paperback Children's picturebook
Genre: Grammar 
ISBN: 978-1938164033

Book Theme:
Grammar, language arts, parts of speech, writing

Book Summary
Words and pictures show children what a dangling participle is all about. Young readers are shown an incorrect sentence that has in it a dangling participle. They are then taught how to make the sentence read correctly. It is done in a cute and humorous way. The dangling participle loses its way and the children learns how to help it find its way back to the correct spot in the sentence. This is followed by some comical examples of sentences with dangling participles and their funny illustrations, followed by an illustration of the corrected sentence. Young readers will have fun recognizing this problem in sentence construction and learning how to fix it.

Activity Adventures:

Lesson Ideas:
Here's some  tips from Grammar Bites on dangling participles.

Chipmunk of Doom: Dangling Participles

Here's a pdf worksheet that can be modified to use with various classes.
A self-test to see if they're getting it.

Writing Prompts:
Have students rewrite sentences like those in the book, correcting the dangling participle.

Discussion Questions:
Talk about how easy it is to make sentences confusing by misplacing words.
Let students help you fix a few sentences and fix the mix-up/

Authors Arena


Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. She and her husband Jim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She won the Congressional ‘Angels in Adoption’ Award for the state of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS society in 2008. She was honored as 2009 Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County United Way. In May 2011, Vanita received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Mount Union.
Prior to her publishing and writing career, Vanita taught school for 19 years and then helped her husband with his company, Oak Associates. Mother of two daughters, stepmother to a son and daughter, she is grandmother to seven.

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