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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 1, 2003 - Issue 99


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Favorite Sites


collected by Paul and Vicki



The following recommendations bring the study of grammar into the Internet age with their use of email, forums, and the Web

11 Rules of Writing
Today's first site condenses English grammar down to just eleven rules. Drawing heavily from The Elements of Style, an anonymous college teacher created these rules based on his experience grading freshman papers. Each rule is hyperlinked to examples of correct and incorrect usage. For questions not covered by the eleven rules, peruse the Frequently Asked Questions page. And for extra credit, click on the New Word of the Day (at the
bottom of the page) to scroll through some high-school level vocabulary.

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
"Effective Writing. Rule 1. Use concrete rather than vague language." As the title implies, Jane Straus's guide is divided into two sections: grammar and punctuation. Each is further organized into rules with examples (navigate these with the drop-down menus), exercises and tests. The quizzes are not interactive (try printing them instead) and include answer keys on the same page. A print edition of The Blue Book is also available for purchase.

Common Errors In English
From "AM/PM" to "your/you're," this clickable alphabetic list of errors is fun to peruse. Sometimes the easiest way to learn proper grammar, is to learn what NOT to say. For example, did you know a "pompom" is a large gun, but the fuzzy end of ski hat is a "pompon"? And a narrow confining garment is a "straitjacket" not a "straightjacket." Just click on any phrase for the complete skinny.

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What makes one paper airplane better than another? Should we judge our paper planes on ease of construction, length of flight or distance traveled? Personally, I vote for the fun factor. And hopefully, you'll have plenty while visiting this week's
paper airplane picks.

Alex's Paper Airplanes
From Alex's gallery of two dozen paper airplane designs, visitors have selected the Dragon Plane and Paper Helicopter as their favorites. The Dragon, an original design, flies "true and fast" and is "the best plane to hit your teacher with." The Helicopter is popular because it is both simple to make and simple to fly. You can peruse the rest of the planes by difficulty of construction (easy, medium, hard) or jump right to the fastest, longest flying, or most unusual designs.

Best Paper Airplane
During the summer of 1950, eight-year-old Michael O'Reilly watched in amazement as his sister's boyfriend made the best paper airplane in the whole world. "When he started folding the paper, I knew this was something different, something special. He never explained how he did it but every move, every fold, every detail was burned into my memory." Today, Michael shares the secrets of the DC-3 paper airplane: how to build it and how to fly it.

Joseph Palmer's Paper Airplane
Joseph Palmer's planes are "designed to fly," not look like real airplanes. As a paper airplane purist, none of his designs require cutting, taping or weights: just a single sheet of 8.5" by 11' paper and your fingers. There are only four designs here, but the illustrated instructions are excellent, and judging by visitor feedback, all of them are great flyers.

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.

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