Friday, March 29th, 2013

We capped off this week with a continuation of our ELA Olympics.  Each of the teams in class were competing quite hard to gain the most points.  Today, we put our emphasis on two things: the ELA Infographic Project and sentence trees.  I had a Q & A session with the students to make sure that everyone was clear on the expectations of the project (which is due next Friday, April 5th and no later).  We then broke sentences down into their parts of speech and then looked at how the words came together to make phrases, clauses, complete subjects, complete predicates, etc.

Just as a refresher (for those of you parents who might not be familiar with sentence trees):

Sandy likes candy with chocolate.Sentence Tree

HOMEWORK: Read for 30 minutes.  Continue work on the ELA Infographic Project (due Friday, April 5th).

PowerPoint: Status Report 3.29.13

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 Recap

Thursday’s class began with our usual grammar practice.  After a review of the focus standards for the day, we picked up where we left off yesterday.  A “mission briefing”set the tone: follow the clues some more, complete the tasks, and move on to the beginnings of our Sentence Auction.  This Sentence Auction, which will begin Friday and finish Monday, the 7th of October, is where the students will sell sentences they have created.  The monetary value of each sentence will be determined by what each sentence contains.

Sentence Auction Guidelines:

HOMEWORK: Re-read pages 141-148 in your Reader/Writer Interactive Workbook.  This time, answer ALL of the questions on pages 149-150.

PowerPoint: 10-4-12 Follow the Context Clues

Friday September 7th, 2012 in Review (and welcome aboard)

Let me first extend a warm welcome to the parents who have just signed up to follow this blog through their email.  Thank you for your support!

Friday we brought together all that we had learned this week through a freestyle rap review in the style of Jimmy Fallon’s “Ready, Set, Flow.”  Not all of the classes got a chance to do this entirely, but all were exposed to this concept for future reviews (in a much more fun and interactive way).  It was then time for our weekly quiz over the sentence parts of predicate, direct object and indirect object.  After completing the quiz, it was then time to write our weekly BCR.  This week, to reflect our in-class discussions, the students had the opportunity to choose from one of the topics below:

  • Topic 1: Has ‘The American Dream’ been deferred as Langston Hughes mentions in his 1951 poem.  Include examples to support your claim.
  • Topic 2: Can men and women fully be equal in society?  Why or why not? Include examples to support your claim.
  • Topic 3: What issue do you think politicians should not address?  Why should this issue be off limits? Include examples to support your claim.

HOMEWORK: None!  Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

PowerPoint: 9-7-12 Truth, Justice, and the American Way

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 Venn Diagram.  We watched Ann Romney’s speech from the Republican National Convention last week and then Michelle Obama’s from the Democratic National Convention this week.  Both women’s speeches sought to paint their husbands as the perfect person to be (or continue being) President of the United States.  We then closed by having a mock election based on both women’s speeches alone to see who would win.

*My 7th period class covered indirect objects before embarking on the lesson above.

HOMEWORK: Watch the news and/or the Democratic National Convention.  Make a list of some of the political issues that are addressed.  Then choose one of those issues and write a BCR persuading me to agree with your opinion on that one issue.  Be sure to present a convincing argument!

PowerPoint: 9-6-12 Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in Action

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 in the classroom).  The Advanced Content class did only the odd numbers, while the other classes did all of the odd numbered sentences except for #3.  Everyone worked in their Source Books to identify the  the subjects, the verb/predicates, the direct objects, and indirect objects.

HOMEWORK: All- (Almost like yesterday) write 5 sentences that have SVO with direct and indirect objects. 2nd Period- Complete the homework but do 7 sentences instead of 5.

PowerPoint: 9-5-12 Direct & Indirect Objects in Argumentative Writing