April 4, 2023 Skills Board
Good Morning, Everyone!
We will begin today's lessons with your "ticket into" class first! Please take a moment to think about something new you learned last week in our Writing Workshop, and write it in your notebooks. We will typically do this activity on a day in which we had class the previous day (or even two days prior), but I thought I'd try it out today anyway!
A Reminder for Thursday: Please begin to write new words in your personal dictionaries this week. Even a word or two is fine, as long as you understand their meaning and can use them correctly in sentences! We will ask for one word to be added to a paper I will send around in class this Thursday. More details to follow!
Idiom of the Day #1:
When Sara mistakenly began to tell her sister about a surprise party coming up, her mother quickly told her to "bite her tongue."
Note: What is Sara about to do, is that a good idea, and what would her mom be warning her about in this sentence? What happens if you literally (actually) bite your tongue?
Idiom of the Day #2:
Shaun was so upset about not getting the job of his dreams. He spent the day feeling sorry for himself, but then he came to the realization that it was no use "crying over spilt milk."
Note: What is the conjunction listed in the second sentence that provides a shift in thought (whether from positive to negative OR from negative to positive)? What has changed in this situation?
3. Quick Writing Prompt:
Have you ever had to bite your tongue in a situation? What was happening, and why did you have to do so? Take a moment to write about this in your notebooks.
Can you think of a situation in which you or someone you know had cried over spilt milk? Describe in your notebooks what had happened. As always, remember to use complete sentences and parallel structure!!
4. Root of the Day
Root: graph or -graph
Origin: Greek root
Meaning: "written down, printed, drawn"
Examples: graph = to write
graphite = a soft mineral used for pencils (one example)
autograph = a person's own signature
photograph = a picture produced by photography (producing images of objects)
phonograph =sound-producing machine that uses records
calligraphy = beautiful writing
graphic =a vivid picture
demographics = understanding the data of a population, such as age groups, income, etc.
cartography = the making of maps
5. Question and Answer:
Answer: It's a special day in the Christian religion.
6. Cause and Effect:
Effect: The students learned new vocabulary words that were personalized to their own needs.
7. True or False:
a. A character reads her horoscope, and it states something that is obviously upsetting to her. As you read the story, you wonder if something will happen to her that day. This could be an example of foreshadowing. (True, False)
b. A writer states "Even the lamplight was winking at me!" This is an example of personification. (True, False)
c. Medford is the capital of Massachusetts. (True, False)
d. The word "but" is used as a preposition in the following sentence: I brought everything with me but my alarm clock.
E. The word "but" is used as a conjunction in the following sentence: I brought everything with me, but I forgot my alarm clock. (True/False)
8. Grammar Challenge:
Read the following sentence:
Tom and Rob played football for many years, but they eventually retired.
Name these parts of speech found in the sentence:
a. proper nouns:
b. common noun/direct object:
d. preposition and prepositional phrase:
9. Literary Device Review
Hyperbole: A deliberate exaggeration
Example: I am never ever going to talk to him again!
Example: Let's eat; I'm starving to death!
Example: Gina was over the moon with happiness!
10. From Phrase to Clause:
Directions: Please change the prepositional phrase in the following sentences to a clause. Be sure it fits with the meaning of the sentence! You can add the clause to the existing sentence, or take the phrase out and put a clause in its place.
Example: I will be buying a new car in June.
Example adding a clause to the phrase: I will be buying a new car in June, when I have saved enough money.
Example removing the phrase and adding a clause: I will be buying a new car when I have saved enough money.
a. I will meet you by the park.
b. Jeff brought everything but cash.
c. Jill does a good job with customer service.
d. Tim waited for hours.
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