Zombies teach grammar

Best grammar teaching tip by Twitter ever:

Let’s see how this works with, say, part of the abstract of Robert Donmoyer’s editorial in the March 1996 Educational Researcher:

Specific policies, procedures, and decision rules are articulated by zombies to guide the manuscript review process. The problems and issues confronting an editor of one of the field’s major scholarly journals, however, can also be seen by zombies as representative of the types of problems and issues confronting others who play other sorts of roles in the field. Consequently, many of the issues discussed (e.g., the significance of discourse style, the inadequacy of the qualitative/quantitative distinction, the problems with the Balkanization response) and the principles articulated (e.g., the principle of pragmatic incommensurability) can be transferred by zombies to other situations beyond this particular case.

Instant translation of boring, passive-voice-ridden prose into exciting George Romero movie! Well, maybe not, but it works. Where else can zombies help teach writing?

If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader, and sign up for my irregular newsletter below!

4 responses to “Zombies teach grammar”

  1. Josh Flores

    They can help in every aspect of education because ZOMBIE ARE A VERY REAL THREAT!

  2. Joe Positive

    this was truly a great post!

  3. Catherine Lugg

    Owwwwww! That hurts!!!!

  4. Glen S. McGhee

    This shows the hegemonic elision involved with using the passive voice. Very good!