Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Varying Sentence Length and Punctuation Practice

 Today's Learning Objective  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation when writing.

Appropriate Behavior with the Substitute  I'm sorry I couldn't be with you today. I'm at home taking care of my sick boy. I fully expect you to be on your very best behavior with your substitute today. Please stay in your seats, stay focused on the work outlined here on the Blog, and, most importantly, treat your substitute with decency and respect. Remember, I can monitor your computer use from home and expect to see that you focused on your assignments and not goofing around. Books from my class library and the MacBook computers are unavailable to be checked out today. If you don't have a working Chromebook today, partner up with someone at your table and work with them. I expect to receive a positive report form the substitute upon my return. Students that choose to not to be their best selves today may jeopardize their involvement in fun activities in class and on campus on Thursday and Friday. Have a great day! 

Varying Sentence Length  Another problem that was featured in the article "Minecraft Mania" as part of the Lazy Editor activity was related to varying sentence length. Remember all of those short, choppy and repetitive sentences in certain sections of the article? Why is it important to vary the length of sentences and what different types of sentences are there? Find out by watching the videos below. If you have headphones, use them; if not, listen softly. After viewing the videos, return to the original assignment The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania' in your Language Arts folders, and complete the 'Vary Your Sentence Length' section. 

Punctuation Practice: Working with Quotations and Possessive Nouns  Tomorrow I'm planning on giving you a short quiz on some of the skills we have practiced this week. Do you know how to properly punctuation a quotation? Can you appropriately use apostrophes when working with different form of possessive nouns? If you need more practice in punctuating quotations, visit here. If you need more practice working with possessive nouns and apostrophes, go here

Showcase Poet: Jenny  Today's Showcase Poet is Jenny from Period 5. Please read her beautiful poem about family and where she's from.

Homework (1.) You are not required to keep a reading log this week, which frees you up to JUST READ! You have until Friday to reach your A.R. goal for the quarter. (2.) Complete The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania assignment, which is due on Friday, December 19(3.) Study for your grammar, punctuation, and usage quiz, which we will be having tomorrow, December 18