A fairly ordinary drawing, but one that a lot of people would use. For more fun cartoons for educational purposes, visit my store.
I have never seen a girl wearing a hijab in any educational clip art. The results of a search for “Muslim children clip art” and “Muslim children reading” were entirely religious in nature. Since I have so many Muslim students, I felt like they needed to be represented doing regular school activities. So here it is.
In preparation for the drawing I asked one of my Muslim students where you could buy hijabs online so that I could get some ideas. She told me her mom always bought them at the grocery store. The other students said the same thing. I decided to just use the one she was wearing. The outfit is pretty similar to what she had on too. I loved the Keds.
In the future I’d like to do some more work with patterns. I have seen some beautiful hijabs that I’d love to work into a design.
If anyone uses this, let me know if the size works. And please tell people where you got it.
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Part of a challenge to create one image of clip art a day.
I know a lot of teachers that buy a class set of highlighters for their students or require them to buy one. The students then use them for annotating books and articles, making corrections on papers, and color coding thesis statements and transitions. I’ve never seen any highlighter clip art (certainly not one that has a face) so I thought I’d offer this guy for today. Feel free to use him.
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Vague pronouns are a huge problem for my students, even the advanced ones. “This” seems to be the biggest culprit. Many students will give several examples of a character’s behavior, for instance why they think Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice is such a clod. Then they will summarize with a sentence that begins, “This is why…” and the this doesn’t refer back to anything in particular. The cartoon I created above humorously addresses the various mistakes that can result from vague pronoun reference.
Every pronoun should refer back to a specific noun. This noun is called the antecedent of the pronoun. One problem is that grammar and spelling tools in word processing programs rearely catch vague pronouns. Look at the following sentence:
They say eating pretzels makes you a genius.
In this sentence, “they” doesn’t refer back to a specific noun. You can fix this error by changing the pronoun to a specific noun:
A group of doctors has said that eating pretzels makes you a genius.
This sentence has another common pronoun error:
Norman’s brother said that he ate pretzels before his math test.
Does “he” refer to Norman, or his brother? We don’t know for sure. You can fix this error by replacing the pronoun:
Norman’s brother said that Norman ate pretzels before his math test.
Another common mistake:
I had a pretzel stuck in my throat once. It was scary.
“It” does not refer back to a specific noun, but instead to the entire dependent clause. Eliminate the pronoun.
I had a pretzel stuck in my throat once. That experience was scary.
You can always try to rephrase a sentence to fix a vague pronoun as well:
One scary experience from my childhood was when I had a pretzel caught in my throat.
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