Grammar Smackdowns! were created to link the competitive spirit of students with the need to strengthen their language skills. Smackdowns! at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism consistently draw more than 100 competitors and twice as many spectators.
Smackdowns! have been staged for professional journalists with equal success. This guide was prepared for newsroom training editors who share professional development advice under the auspices of the Poynter Institute.
Although the guide was written for newsroom editors, you can follow the same process to stage a Smackdown in a single classroom or an entire school. Feel free to get in touch with Smackdown! co-creator Deborah Gump for more information.