Had to review parallel structure the other day with my students, as well as constructions like “Either…or” and “Neither…nor”. Having done something similar but more clumsily in earlier lessons, I decided to design and print out Either-or Neither-nor Cards [DOCX].
On one side there are pictures of two similar but slightly different things, such as a pair of blue and a pair of white sports pants. On the other side, they say either either/or or Neither/Nor. Students have to come up with sentences for each one using the objects and the construction. I like the way lower level or less creative students can come up with sentences like:
“I will buy either a black shirt or a white shirt”
“I like neither hamburgers nor hotdogs”
and more creative students can give much more interesting and complicated sentences like:
“While it’s true that I can either go to the beach or go to Las Vegas, I would prefer to go skiing this weekend.”
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