We spent some time in class discussing your observations about the way people use the word “like” in everyday speech. I adapted our activity from a wonderful book by David West Brown titled In Other Words: Lessons on Grammar, Code-Switching, and Academic Writing. I’d highly suggest the book for its concrete, classroom-ready activities as well as for the positive approach it takes to grammar instruction. There are many activities in this book that would be particularly helpful in enticing our students to take a closer look at language, piquing their natural curiosity about language.
For those of you who would like an unblemished copy of the handout we used to analyze the examples of “like” that appear in pop culture texts, you can access it here: download a Word doc or a PDF version.