As a fiend for learning rules, the English language seems to have more exceptions than rules. While grammar was my strong suit, it isn't for many people. Read on to find out why I think Grammar Pop should be on every student's iPad!
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Review: Grammar Pop – a way to make grammar fun to learn

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Mignon Fogerty is a prevalent name among educators as “Grammar Girl” and she has recently released an app, Grammar Pop.

Grammar is an unpopular skill and classification of our language. After all, how much money does a sentence diagrammer make these days? Yet, in developing mastery of language and writing, there is a gift in compiling and crafting the delicate beauty, eloquence, and art of sentences.

I initially conceived of the game as something I would want to play myself–so a game for word-game lovers–but most of the beta testers viewed it as something for students or kids. It was after beta testing that I compared all the sentences to Common Core standards, rounded them out to hit all those elements, and also rebalanced the names in the example sentences so instead of having seven Sarahs and ten Williams, I had much more variety so more children are more likely to see a sentence with their own name.

What Grammar Pop does is what many educational apps lack: it makes learning exceptionally fun! This isn’t about completing an electronic worksheet. Grammar Pop is easy-to-learn-yet-challenging while also being irritatingly enjoyable.

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In essence Grammar Pop is about racing the clock to identify parts of speech. Think of it as a matching game: read the sentence on the screen – where each word is self-contained in a cloud; select a part of speech from the right margin; and then tag the word you think is its match. Each match earns 10 points and a cloud pop, while each incorrect guess penalizes you 10 points. Continue until all clouds in the sentence are popped – and within the allotted countdown time – to move to the next level. You can also earn additional points by collecting random coins that that appear after successful “popping.”

Of the 28 levels, I made it to the Intermediate level 11 before running out of time (identifying articles, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and conjunctions)! Yikes! Tougher than I thought! I still haven’t identified prepositions, gerunds, participles, and infinitives. Do you even know what those are?!

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Although parts of speech are language standards of Conventions of Standard English contained within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English / Language Arts. (for example, 3rd grade: “Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.”), the CCSS are less explicit about identifying parts of speech and more about applying them well.

If grammar is your thing – and it should be for every college and career-ready student – then Grammar Pop should be on your iPad!

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Grammar Pop is available in the App Store for iPad 2 or above for $1.99

Grammar Pop was provided by Mignon Fogerty for review at iSource.com. For our policies on reviews, see our About tab.

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