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Bigger Parts of Speech

barclay_barrios
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Have students review the section of the handbook on parts of speech. Then, in groups, ask them to create new parts of speech from common combinations of the usual parts of speech. For example, using an article and a noun together might form a “nonticle”; using an adverb and an adjective together might be a “jerbad.” Each group should create rules for using this bigger part of speech, based on the rules for the parts’ smaller components.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.