Directions: Each section will follow what I usually put on the chalkboard for you every day. Follow the notes for each part by writing in your notebooks as noted.
1. Daily Idiom:
Sami is such a helpful person; she would be by your side at the drop of a hat if she thought you needed something.
Note: Look for context clues that help you figure out the idiom in bold print above. Ask yourself first if what we are saying is positive, and then think about the literal (actual) meaning of dropping a hat. How fast would a hat fall to the ground? Write down what you think the meaning of this idiom must be.
2. Idiom #2:
We thought we were finished with the project, but when Tomas accidentally left it out in the rain, we realized we were back to square one.
Note: Is what happened in the sentence above positive or negative? Notice the conjunction "but" and how it is used in the sentence. Remember that "but" usually indicates a change of thought or feeling. If someone were to say that "You really deserve a raise, but..." it is likely they are going to give you a reason why you cannot have the raise. Use this type of thinking to figure out the meaning of Idiom #2 and write about it in your notebooks.
3. Grammar Review:
Select the correct word from the parentheses in each sentence below and write it in your notebooks.
a. I think I ate (to, too, two) many pieces of that delicious candy!
b. (Your, You're) doing well on this page today!
c. Simone will be going (to, too, two) the movies this weekend.
d. (Your, You're) car is beautiful; did you just buy it this week?
e. Jen's cousin is now (to, too, two) years old!
f. I tried to get (there, their, they're) on time, but the bus was late today.
g. Juan is looking (for, four) someone to play pickup basketball with at the park.
h. (They're, Their, There) on the way right now--we had better get ready!
i. I (knew, new) I'd seen him before; he had been in my high school class!
j. Have you seen the Simpsons" new puppy? It's (they're, their, there) fifth rescue dog this year!
4. Greek and Latin Roots:
Meaning: good, well
Examples of words that use this root: benefit, benevolent, benefactor
Sentences: Having a good education will benefit you in everything you do in life.
The benevolent ruler did not enjoy punishing the people he governed.
When Chad decided to create a new software program, he needed a benefactor to give him the money he needed to do it properly.
Note: What is the one thing each of the new words with the ben- root has in common? Can you think of more words that begin with this root and what their meaning could be? If not, can you simply create a new sentence for each of the new words above and write it in your notebook.
5. Literary Devices:
Today's literary term is the word hyperbole. It is pronounced hy-per-boh-lee. A hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration. We use it in speaking and in writing to show that we feel strongly about something and want to say it is even more than what it seems!
For instance, if I want to show how hungry I am, I might say: I am so hungry I could eat a horse!
Note: This is another example of figurative language. It means that what we are saying is not really what we mean. I do not really mean I could eat a horse, but I say this so that the person I am speaking to understands how hungry I really am.
Here are more examples:
a. These shoes are killing me.
b. Don's mother always had to tell her something a million times before she followed her directions.
c. I haven't slept in a week!
d. His backpack weighs a ton!
Note: In your notebooks, write down the meaning of each examples of hyperbole listed above. Can you think of any more examples? List them in your notebooks, as well!
6. Creative Writing:
Directions: I will begin a story in the space below by providing you with three or four sentences. Please copy these sentences into your notebooks, and then continue writing the story in any way you please. However, please maintain the point of view, the tone, and the verb tenses I have used. This is called parallel sentence structure, and doing this type of exercise gives us good practice in doing it well!
A major storm had been predicted. The roads were already icing up, and schools had been closed in many surrounding districts. Jose had just been given a new assignment in driving the latest snow plow, and he was nervous he would make a mistake that could cost him his job.
[Finish this story! Add a couple of sentences to this paragraph, and then add at least more paragraph! Have fun, and remember it's up to you to make the story mysterious, funny, serious, sad, or whatever mood you would like to convey. Be sure to copy my lines above to give yourself a jump start in the writing process! I look forward to reading your stories when I return!]
If you are especially happy with what you wrote, feel free to type it on the Writing Page so that I will see it sooner! Don't forget to fill in the form completely so that I can reply! Good luck!