Teachers Using the ACT Word of the Week: “Syntax”

This week’s ACT word of the week is syntax. Syntax is the arrangement of words and phrases in a sentence to improve clarity. Students have been trying to win an Amazon gift card by submitting their responses of using the word in a sentence.

But what happens when teachers give it a try?

“Whenever I come across an inaccurately worded sentence in a student’s essay, I write a note to them saying, ‘This is a syntax nightmare,'” said social studies teacher Kristen Vanwoerkom.

Science teacher Danielle Belin demonstrated proper and improper syntax.

“Correct: People who text on their phone while watching a movie are very annoying,” said Belin. “Incorrect: While watching a movie, people who text on their phone are very annoying.”

Finally, A-TECH principal Johnathon Synold used “syntax” in a sentence.

“The middle schools [at] lunch were informed that they needed to check their syntax because their language was not school appropriate,” said Synold.

A-TECH students can continue to use the word of the week to improve their vocabulary and have a chance of winning an Amazon gift card. Hopefully, they can use syntax just as well as A-TECH teachers!