Friday, September 14th, 2012 Recap

Friday brought the completion of our discussion of thesis statements, hooks, and how to use them to build a strong introduction paragraph.  We then had a discussion centered around the topic below: When is it okay for someone to step in and resolve an issue between two people?  What if they are countries? In addition to…

Thursday, September 13th, Reviewed

On Thursday we included more practice with getting an introductory paragraph started.  The students had the opportunity to use the 3-Sentence Introduction again as the foundation of their introductory paragraphs. For the last few minutes of class, we went to the Media Center where everyone had the opportunity to check out a non-fiction library book…

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 Summarized

Wednesday was an energetic day in class.  After using 5 gerunds in a paragraph on any topic, we then had our first-ever Fist Pump Competition!  When a popular song was played, the students had to pump their fists exactly when the hook (chorus) came in.  If they fist pumped prematurely, their group was disqualified for…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

On Tuesday, the 10th Patriot Day, we continued our discussion of gerunds and thesis statements.  After practice changing verbs into gerunds, the students had the opportunity to see a Brain Pop video on main ideas.  This helped with understanding how to make a concise thesis statement.  In fact, we reviewed the concept of a thesis statement by…

Math & Literacy Night!

All signs point to Math & Literacy Night! Tonight was the first LMS Math & ELA Literacy Night of the year. From 6:30 to 7, the parents in attendance learned about plotting transformations. For the last half hour, the parents learned about BCRs and then had to write their own!  They then swapped papers and…

Monday September 10th, 2012

This Monday we learned about gerunds. They sound daunting but they really are just words that end in -ing. Verb+ing=gerund We also talked about the importance of engaging hooks and thesis statements. To illustrate the effectiveness of a hook, we saw a clip from the movie “Independence Day” with a massive explosion. “Did you wonder…

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 Recap

On this dreary Thursday we decided to see ethos, pathos, and logos in action by discussing the concept of “the American Dream” (which is an abstract noun by the way).  First, a look at Langston Hughes‘ “A Dream Deferred”  helped set the stage for the comparison and contrast of two divergent points of view with a…

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 in Brief

Today we reviewed direct ojects from yesterday and then talked about indirect objects.  We first watched a quick Brain Pop video on direct and indirect objects.  We then took notes on both types of objects before putting what was learned into practice on page 82 of the Grammar for Writing work book (this is book…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Recap

After the wonderful, 3-day Labor Day weekend we did a review of the basic sentence parts: subjects and verbs/predicates.  We then took a 10-question quiz on complete subjects and predicates as well as abstract nouns.  Finally, the lesson wrapped up with notes, discussion, and practice identifying direct objects. HOMEWORK: AC: Write a 5-sentence story using SVO (Subject/Verb/(Direct)…