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Second graders in New York correct NFL player tweets for grammar errors (pictures)

Feb 2, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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To note, most Twitter posts aren’t exactly grammatically correct and people will make mistakes from time to time attempting to sum up their thoughts in 140 characters or less.

Since most famous athletes don’t exactly care how their grammar is portrayed through the social media site, it gave some school children the chance to flex their grammatical knowledge.

A group of second graders from Elmwood Franklin Elementary in Buffalo, N.Y were given the task of correcting NFL player tweets for an assignment and check out the best examples that was posted to the school’s Facebook page:

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  1. tyler4richardson - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    To sum this up, second graders are getting a better education than college football players.

  2. eugenesaxe - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    If you have time to Twit, you have time to spell properly.

  3. cfmmusicscene - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Wow! Cyberbulling 101. Their teacher taught them how to call someone out on the Internet and try to embarrass them. He or she is self-righteous and petty. It is MUCH more important to publicly criticizes someone for a typo than to appreciate the “God bless you.” Content means nothing if you can go for the public scorn.

    • corneliusthehusky - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Actually, yeah, it is. Spelling and grammar are two things that the latest generation are losing extremely quickly due to a focus on math and science for standardized tests. It is incorrect to assume that the Internet is ‘casual space’ where bad language, spelling, and grammar can roam free. If you speak eloquently in real life, you have no reason to speak like a child on the Internet.

      Then again, I shouldn’t say ‘like a child’. Look at these kids. They give me hope.

      • jeffreytrigger - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:19 AM

        Ahem, extremly quick*.

        • jeffreytrigger - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM

          extremely quick*

      • cfmmusicscene - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:52 AM

        If I had known your real name and twitter feed I would have included them. 
        “Actually, yeah, it is.” This is an incomplete sentence. 
        “yeah” You should never use “yeah”, “yup” or “yep” when writing.
        “latest generation are losing” Your subject and verb must agree in number and person.
        ‘latest generations are losing” Were you referring to several generations?
        “latest generation is losing’ Or did you mean the current one? 
        “to speak like a child on the Internet” Did you mean “write” or did you hear the athletes speaking?”
        At what point does the criticism stop? 
        Losille Lamb

        • bertha3346 - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:28 AM

          Actually, “Actually, yeah, it is,” is a complete sentence. A complete sentence needs a subject and a predicate. In that sentence, ‘it’ is the subject and ‘is’ is the predicate. If you look at those two words together without the ‘actually’ and ‘yeah,’ you have ‘it is,’ and that is a complete sentence.

          • cfmmusicscene - Feb 3, 2013 at 7:08 AM

            Bertha you are wrong.
            “Actually, yeah, it is,” “Actually” used this way indicates a dependent construction which must be completed by another sentence.
            “Actually it is.”
            “Yes it is.”
            are complete sentences.
            I am sure that I am right, and you are wrong.

            • bertha3346 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

              In this case, ‘yeah’ is being used as an interjection and therefore does not alter the grammar of the words around it. That leaves ‘Actually, it is’ which, as you said, is a complete sentence. As I said, you could shorten it even more and simply write, ‘It is.’ No matter how you look at this sentence, it is complete. Run it through any grammar checker if you need proof. :)

            • kalinedrive - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

              Actually, cfmmusicscene is obnoxious.

    • bishophj - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      I don’t think the purpose of this assignment was to cyberbully…and if the worst these people see is a correction of their spelling and grammar, then they don’t have much to complain about. I think that this is an excellent idea because this generation is losing grammar and spelling, and with Twitter being a huge platform for children and young adults this is a great way to relate Language Arts lessons to children in a way that they will likely find less boring. At the same time, it is teaching these kids that what they post matters because it is permanent and anyone can see it. I would use this in my future classroom.

  4. jeffreytrigger - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Mistakes happen people. They just do.

  5. frugalistamommy - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    In defense of the NFL players….. seriously, it must be REALLY difficult to concentrate on correct spelling in your Tweets when you are (1) driving, (2) drunk, (3) drunk driving, (4) steroid raging, (5) cheating on/beating/murdering your girlfriend/wife, and/or (5) abusing animals for dog fighting purposes. I mean, C’MON people- these guys have to MULTITASK!!!! Cut them some slack!

    • frugalistamommy - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      whoops- meant (6)… sorry, I was trying to type and make an omelet! See what I mean NOW?! ;)

  6. sarahbanner - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Some teacher just wanted to get on the news… and she did. We are led to believe the 2nd graders actually did this work…are you freaking kidding me? Public education is horrid and I really doubt that these kids did the work.