October 30 and 31, 2023 Skills
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend; we were bound to get rain at some point, but at least we were spoiled with fabulous weather before this!
As you know, all October writing prompts are due this week. I have received many students' paragraphs on the Writing Page of this website, as well as in hard copy form. Please make every effort to complete this assignment on time (October 31 for our AM class and November 1 for our PM class). We will be reviewing new activities for November, and it's important to stay on track at all times so that we are always moving forward!
Idiom of the Day:
He does not say much and doesn't seem to enjoy his job; it seems as though he has a chip on his shoulder.
Note: We have to refer to the beginning of this sentence to get an idea of how this person is behaving. This will help us gather some meaning and try to explain what a chip on his shoulder could mean.
My Questions: Does this sentence and the man's behavior seem positive or negative? Why?
Your Inference: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Part One B.
Review of a Past Idiom:
Directions: Please select true or false to indicate whether the figurative meaning of the idiom that has been used correctly.
1. Jana rushed to her friend Carla's house when she realized she was upset; Jana would always help Carla at the drop of a hat. true false
2. Taking the HiSET was a piece of cake; it was easier than expected because the students had studied and practiced every day. true false
3. We are all in the same boat; we will take a trip to Hawaii later on today!
4. The order of events could change at the drop of a hat; this is because it had been well planned and organized carefully. true false
5. This class will meet every goal with success; we are all in the same boat because although our objectives may be different, we all have something we want and will ultimately get!
Greek or Latin Root of the Day:
Origin: Greek Meaning: next to; side by side; resembling
Examples: parachute, paraprofessional, parallel, AND paraphrase
Today's New Term: Hyperbole
Directions: Can you figure out what a hyperbole is from the sentences that follow?
Sentence: Deshawn said he was so hungry that he could eat a horse!
Sentence: Ariana said she hadn't slept in days; she had been working hard on her persuasive essay.
Why would we use a hyperbole in our sentences?
What is your definition of hyperbole, based on our class discussion AND clues from the sentences above?
Bonus: Can you create a sentence with one of the hyperbole examples above or even think of one we have not used today? _____________________________________________________________________________________
Today's Skill: The Differences Between Your and You're
Definition: Your is a possessive pronoun. This means that it is showing ownership of something else.
Example: You have done so well on your October Writing Prompts!
Defintion #2: You're is a contraction. As we discussed from our last class, a contraction is when we put two words together, remove a letter or two, and insert an apostrophe in their place.
Process: you are youre you're An apostrophe took the place of the letter a.
Example #2: You're all going to have a great class today!
Directions: Please select the correct form of your or you're in the sentences below. Remember to check your answer by seeing if the words you are would fit in the sentence! If they do, then you would use the contraction form!
Directions: Take 5-7 minutes to add three sentences or more to the story I have started writing below. Remember to keep all sentences parallel (correct verb tenses) and continue with the mood you feel (or the tone I provided!) and the point of view I used. Have fun!!!
It was a rather gloomy afternoon in late October. Trini was home alone, working hard on her latest book; she was a prolific mystery writer whose novels were in bookstores everywhere. Trini had just reached the climax of her story when there was a loud thump in the kitchen. At first Trini thought it could be her puppy, but then she realized her son Jake had taken him to the park for the afternoon. When she heard the sound again, her heart started to pound. _________________________________________________________________________________
Bonus: Can you name a word we recently learned that can describe someone who produces a lot of something?
Bonus #2: Can you find the literary term that describes the highest point of action in a story? _________________