November 14th, 2018

November 14/15

  1. Complete Subjects, Verbs, and Complements CW (see post for November 9-13)
  2. Define Poetry Terms in notes
    1. Use the reference section of the Literature textbook (R102 – 114), to define these terms:
      1. Alliteration
      2. Analogy
      3. Blank Verse
      4. Diction
      5. Free Verse
      6. Hyperbole
      7. Iambic Pentameter
      8. Imagery
      9. Lyric poetry
      10. Metaphor
      11. Meter
      12. Mood
      13. Narrative Poetry
      14. Personification
      15. Refrain
      16. Simile
      17. Speaker
      18. Stanza
      19. Tone
      20. Voice

November 13th, 2018

November 9-13

  1. Subjects, Verbs, and Complements
    1. Subjects
      1. Find the verb, and then ask “who” or “what” before the verb.
      2. The subject is NEVER in a prepositional phrase.
        1. Ex/ Many of the students were surprised!
          1. The subject is many.
        2. “You” is sometimes the understood subject.
          1. Ex/ Take out the trash!
          2. The subject is “You”
        3. The words “here” or “there” are never the subject of a sentence.
          1. Ex/ There are many flowers in the yard.
          2. The subject is flowers.
    2. Verbs
        1. Action verbs show physical or mental actions.
        2. Linking verbs link a subject to a word or word group that identifies or describes the subject.
        3. Transitive verbs have objects.
          1. All transitive verbs are action verbs; not all action verbs are transitive!
        4. Intransitive verbs have no objects.
          1. Linking verbs are always intransitive.
        5. Common helping verbs are forms of to be, to do, to have, and modals like may, might, must, and should.
    3. Complements complete the meaning of action or linking verbs. They answer “who” or “what” after the verb.
      1. Action Verbs may have direct and indirect objects.
        1. The indirect object will always appear between the verb and the direct object.
          1. Ex/ I gave her some money.
          2. I threw him the ball.
        2. A direct object (DO) answers “who” or “what” after the action verb.
        3. An indirect object (IO) answers “to whom” or “to what” after the verb. The IO always appears between the verb and the DO.
      2. Linking verbs may be completed by a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective.
        1. Ex/ Mr. O’Leary is the principal.
        2. Ex/ Mrs. Bibbo seems nice.
      3. A predicate nominative (PN) is a noun or pronoun that describes the subject.
      4. A predicate adjective (PA) is an adjective that describes the subject.
    4. Class work – Subjects, Verbs, and Complements
      1. Double space. Label S, HV, AV, LV, IO, DO, PA, PN
        1. Horatio may have given his sister a cold.
        2. The medicine for the cold tastes awful.
        3. Jasmine’s mother is a talented doctor.
        4. Anna seems better today.
        5. Perry carefully taught me guitar lessons.
        6. I became a professional singer when I was very young.
        7. On weekends, my wife always feeds me breakfast.
        8. I have grown tired of grammar.
        9. George Washington became the first president of the United States.
        10. Miller, our neighbor, grew tall tomato plants this summer.



November 8th, 2018

November 7-8

  1. Nine-week Formal Essay – This essay will count as a quiz grade on the second marking period. It is a prompt from downtown to test your writing and organization skills.

November 5th, 2018

November 2-5


  1. Finish Literary Criticism Final Draft in Google Classroom

November 5th, 2018

October 31/ November 1

  1. Parts of Speech Quiz
  2. Begin Literary Criticism Final Draft in Google Classroom

October 30th, 2018

October 29/30

  1. Finish Literary Criticism Rough Draft
  2. Review Parts of Speech Homework
  3. Study for Parts of Speech quiz which will be given next class

October 25th, 2018

October 25/26

  1. Homework is due
  2. Using quotes from stories
    1. Quotes from a story cannot stand alone in your essay as a sentence. You must use quotes as support for the sentence you are writing:
      1. Quote: “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.”
      2. Using a quote to support a point: Dee is stubborn in her views about preserving the quilts. She complained to her mother that Maggie would “probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.”
      3. Quote: “God knows I been saving ‘em for long enough with nobody using ‘em. I hope she will!”
      4. Using a quote to support a point: Mama Johnson thought the quilts should be used by someone. She said to Dee, “God knows I been saving ‘em for long enough with nobody using ‘em. I hope she will!”
  1. Literary Criticism Rough Draft
    1. Follow the outline.
    2. Double-space the rough draft.
    3. Indent the beginning of each paragraph.
    4. Each paragraph should be at least six sentences long.
    5. Write in a formal voice.

October 23rd, 2018

October 23/24

  1. Short –Story Test II
  2. Literary Criticism Pre-Writes – Students finished the assignment.
  3. Parts of Speech Homework –
    1. Double –space the following sentences and label each word.
      1. When the small monkey and the white cat played outside, they fell in the extremely dirty water!
      2. Wow! Sixty-thousand people visit Disney World daily, but the lines usually move very quickly.

October 22nd, 2018

October 19/22

  1. Parts of Speech review and class work – Complete this worksheet: Practice Sentences for Parts of Speech 1
  2. Review Short-Story Test – See me if you missed this review.
  3. Short –Story Test II Next Class

October 22nd, 2018

October 17/18

  1. Literary Criticism Pre-write
    1. A theme is an insight about life or human nature which gives a story meaning.
    2. Themes must …
      1. apply to everyone.
      2. be written in complete sentences.
      3. be written in prose (not metaphors).
      4. connect to the details of the stories.
  1. A theme topic is usually a single word.
  2. Today, you will choose one of the following stories to analyze in a five paragraph essay:
    1. “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” 31
    2. “Harrison Bergeron” 38
    3. “Lamb to the Slaughter” – handout
    4. “Through the Tunnel” – handout
  1. Prompt: Explain how readers can determine themes in a story by examining several elements of that story. For example, you may write about character terms, plot elements, irony, or point of view. Write in a formal voice, and avoid fragments and run-on sentences.
  2. Complete the following outline:
    1. Paragraph One:
      1. What are some theme topics in the story?
      2. Write the story’s name and author. The story’s title is written in quotes.
      3. Write a sentence to explain how readers can discover themes by examining the three elements you chose. (complete sentences)
      4. Write the themes you will explain in the essay (complete sentence).
    2. Paragraph Two:
      1. How does the first element show a theme? (Use two quotes to support)
      2. State the theme. (complete sentences)
  • Paragraph Three
    1. How does the second element show a theme? (Use two quotes to support)
    2. State the theme. (complete sentences)
  1. Paragraph Four
    1. How does the third element show a theme? (Use two quotes to support)
    2. State the theme. (complete sentences)
  2. Paragraph Five
    1. Restate the theme(s) the readers learn from the chosen story. (complete sentences)
    2. How can people benefit from learning the theme(s)? (complete sentences)
  3. Parts of Speech – Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections
    1. A preposition shows the relationship of a noun or a pronoun to another word in the sentence:

      I parked the car …
      in the lot
      beside the tree
      on the hill

      Commonly used prepositions:
      about, above, across, beside, by, during, except,              from, in, like, of, over, through, under with.

    2. A conjunction joins words, phrases, and clauses:

      Coordinating conjunctions are the most common:
      Think of FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)

      Correlative conjunctions work together as one part of   (either/or, neither/nor, not only/but also)

      Subordinating conjunctions start clauses:
      (after, because, since, unless, when, while)

    3. An interjection shows emotion only:

      wow, ouch, ugh, oops, hey, oh

      Wow! That diamond costs a million dollars.
      The waiter said, “Oops, I forgot your silverware.”

  4. Identify the conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections!
    1. The gym coach emphasized the importance of daily exercise.
    2. Wow! Usain Bolt won the race by two yards!
    3. Marita’s brown dress matches the brown of her eyes.
    4. I waited uneasily in the outer office, and then the principal said, “Sit down!“
    5. The girl said, “Ouch,” when she hit her knee on the desk.
    6. Each dancer improvises steps to the rhythm of the music.
    7. Oops, I forgot to bring some paper and pens
    8. Everyone went to the restaurant, but most did not eat.
    9. Either Mr. Jones or I will teach the class in the courtyard.
    10. We looked around and discovered a small shop around the corner.
    11. Blue is my favorite color, so I ordered a blue sweater.
    12. While I was gardening, I saw a snake under some leaves. Ugh!



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