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My Susan Boyle Grammatical Controversy

The two Emmys I received for broadcast journalism were (obviously) not  for exposing the grammar goons. That would have forced me to turn the camera on myself. lol  I do, however, work hard to perfect the grammar craft. But before I get into that drama, I am happy to report that my lesson plan on Susan Boyle has received favorable mentions on the following blogs: 

-My Twitter friend, Angela Maiers, linked the lesson plan to her Friday’s Chalk Talk:

The Susan Boyle-ism Lesson PlanAmy Bowllan’s brilliant take on the rising star, that is Susan Boyle and what we can learn. 

-Sarah Ebner who edits School Gate, the education blog for the London Times writes, She’s the woman who has become strangely ubiquitous, shooting to fame not just because of her talent, but because of the way she looks. Now Amy Bowllan, a blogger for School Library Journal, has suggested her very own Susan Boyle lesson plan…..


-Jeffrey Hill who edits The English Blog writes, Amy Bowllan, a blogger for School Library Journal, has created a Susan Boyle lesson plan based on the Good Morning America clip below. Here’s the first part: 

List three adjectives that describe Susan Boyle’s looks and three that describe Diane Sawyer’s looks. What are some snap, generalizations one could make about these two women. Create a chart comparing and contrasting the two. 

Lesson Plan#2 – In addition to scrutinizing a person’s LOOKS, WRITERS are under a similar microscope. 

Take a look. You’ll notice there are obvious grammar mistakes from my post/lesson plan – glaring omissions which were pointed out to me [thankfully], by a commenter on Sarah’s blog

"Why is there a comma between "snap" and "generalizations"? Why is there no question mark after "women"? Do this woman’s slightly more able pupils not correct her punctuation?"

My response…


Thank you so much for your GRAMMAR corrections, friend. THEY were duly noted and changed. Thank GOODNESS this thread is prompting ALL of US to LEARN and to not portray perfectionism, since the message is never in the details. 

Should those who don’t write well
[speaking for myself] still have a voice in the literary world? Should they teach? Should Susan Boyle’s looks matter? I do not know the answers. I only know that we all have something to add to this world to become literate, and I am on the same path as every other learner.
[Pardon any grammar errors] 

**End note***
A special thanks to my dear friend, MaryEllenRich, who explained to me that there is in fact a cultural divide between language and grammar. Our job is to bridge that gap too.


  1. Maryellen Richards says:

    Amazing job Amy, I think to first step towards solving most conflicts is to first try to understand where people are coming from before reacting to what they’ve said or done.