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Buffalo 2nd-graders learn grammar by correcting NFL players’ tweets

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David Martosko
Executive Editor

Second-graders at Buffalo, New York’s Elmwood Franklin School took a break from practicing addition and learning about George Washington last week and jumped into an unusual spelling and grammar lesson: correcting NFL players’ typo-filled tweets.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who also made headlines this week with an anti-gay remark, attracted the students’ attention by writing on Twitter that “I pray to God I’m never dieing broke” [sic].

A fan tweeted back: “Ask him for spellcheck while you’re at it.”

The kids, however, fixed the mistake and proudly held up their corrected posterboard for a Facebook photo.

The students “applied their lessons in proper sentence structure, noun and verb usage, spelling, and punctuation to correct the tweets of professional football players,” the school’s official Facebook page said. “The students partnered in groups and together found several mistakes in these tweets, including the incorrect spelling of ‘a lot.’” They found that mistake in a tweet from Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young.

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker provided the classroom’s third lesson, Deadspin reported: how to spell the word “may.”

The three NFL brainiacs hold college degrees from the University of South Carolina, Boise State University and Texas Tech, respectively.