Directions: We will first review various skills we talked about yesterday in the following exercise!
1. Saying a leopard never changes his spots means:
a. It is difficult to catch a leopard in the wild.
b. A person who has behaved one way his entire life is unlikely to change anytime soon.
c. Leopards are beautiful animals because of their spots.
d. A leopard can sometimes be confused with a panther.
2. If something costs you an arm and a leg:
a. You may need to have surgery.
b. We are actually talking about chickens.
c. The item is very expensive.
d. Your arm and leg are worth trading for something expensive!
3. Geo- means:
4. Studying geography may include:
a. Talking about people of a particular location and their various cultures and lifestyles
b. Reading about someone's favorite pet
c. Understanding that the cell is the basic building block of all living things
d. Discovering what a C Major Chord is in music
5. Question and Answer:
Answer: It is a literary term used to give human qualities to inanimate (or non-human) objects.
6. Cause and Effect:
Cause: Dan lived 25 miles from school.
7. Grammar -- Who or Whom
a. (Who, Whom) is your sister?
b. I went to the movies with a friend (who, whom) I have known for many years.
Part Two: New Skills for 3/9/2023
8. New Idiom of the Day:
Many people talk about how many things they do to help others, but actions speak louder than words.
9. Idiom #2 of the Day:
When a class works well together, everyone learns something new each day; we ultimately realize we are all in the same boat when it comes to how much we value education.
10. New Greek/Latin Root:
Root: equ- and iqu-
Origin: Latin word, aequus
Meaning: even, equal, level
Examples: equal, equity, equivalent, iniquity
equal = as great as; the same as Sentence: 5 + 5 equals 10.
equity = fairness Sentence: Equity in a school would mean that everyone is
given the same opportunities.
equivalent = equal in value Sentence: 3/4 is equivalent to 75%.
iniquity = great injustice; a violation Sentence: Losing her job was an iniquity because she did not deserve
of rights to be treated this way.
11. Question and Answer:
Answer: It is my favorite time of year.
12. Cause and Effect:
Effect: This time, the amount of snow that fell was what the snowplow drivers had expected.
Nouns and Verbs
A noun can be a person, place, thing, or idea. We will look at our Skills Page to see just how many types of nouns there really are!
A verb can be a word that shows action OR it can be a word that does not show an action but instead identifies who or what a noun is! Our Skills Page will also delve into the types of verbs we may encounter!
Action Verbs: jump, walk, run, laughed (and many, many more!)
Verb of Being: am, is, are, be, being, been (and more!)
Can you find both the nouns and the verbs in the sentences below:
a. Jill ran five miles yesterday. (two nouns, one verb)
b. In the morning, I ate cereal for breakfast. (three nouns, one verb)
c. Did Sydney water the plants yet? (two nouns, two verbs -- Be careful on this one!)
d. Kohl's had the sweater that Leon had wanted all winter long. (four nouns, three verbs)
More work with personification!
Please identify each form of personification and tell what is being compared in the following sentences:
a. The stars seemed to dance in the sky.
b. Marta's eyes smiled when she saw her new baby cousin.
c. John's car practically screeched at him to stop and get some oil at the gas station!
d. My suitcase groaned from all the clothes I packed for the trip.
Use parallel sentence structure, maintain verb tenses, and keep the same tone and point of view in the story you will tell!
Continue the story I have started for you! Copy the sentences below in your notebooks for a jump start to the story you will tell. Continue the story any way you like, but please remember to maintain parallel sentence structure!
Salvy was on his way to work when he got the call. He was so happy that he found himself pulling over on a side street to appreciate what had just happened. It would be a dream come true in so many ways. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Writing Part Two:
Here is your topic sentence:
It is important never to text while driving.
Create three reasons why this statement should be believed. Use good sentence structure.
Here is your ending sentence for this first paragraph:
Texting while driving is an example of multitasking that scientists say never works.
The topic sentence I provided, your three reasons, and the ending sentence I also provided will make up your first paragraph in an expository essay.
Next: Take each of the three reasons you created above, and now make it the first sentence in a new paragraph of its own. Each sentence will now be the topic sentence in the three new paragraphs you will create.
At this point, you will have four out of the five paragraphs necessary for a strong expository essay!
Now you will create a closing paragraph with an opening sentence like this:
Some people think that many rules in life do not apply to them.
You can keep this one or create your own sentence. Add a few more sentences that give the reader a good idea of why it is not safe to break rules and text while you are driving. Remember that you want to leave your reader with something to think about!
After you have completed this writing exercise, I will provide just a topic sentence for your next essay due next week. You will use the same steps as above in coming up with good details, new paragraphs, and a strong closing paragraph!
Good Luck -- I can't wait to see what you write!!