Skills for March 23, 2023
We have a slightly different set of directions for today! You will receive a handout of today's review that you will work on before we discuss them as a class. You will work on this section right away (as soon as you arrive in class!). In this way, we will be able to fit more information into our tight schedule, and students will not have to wait for everyone else to get to class before beginning their work! Have fun!
1. If, as the idiom says, it takes two to tango, this could mean:
a. you should go on TV and dance
b. you can't perform the dance alone
c. there will often be more than one person involved in a negative situation
2. An example of an apple not falling far from the tree might be:
a. a daughter deciding to become a doctor, which is the profession of her mother
b. a man thinking about working in a garage, just as his best friend does
c. an apple not rolling far away from the tree because it is not round enough
3. Find the appositive in the following sentences:
a. Tomas, a friend of mine, will be visiting us this evening.
b. Maine, a New England state, is known for having delicious lobsters.
c. I was out shopping with Sami, a woman I met at school.
d. Did you happen to find that restaurant, The Happy Fish, that was reviewed on The Phantom Gourmet?
e. I am buying a new car, a Jaguar, when I win the megamillions!
4. Please find the prepositional phrases in the sentences that follow. Remember that a phrase is a group of words that does not contain a verb and may begin with a preposition, such as "at the zoo" or "behind the cash register."
a. Did you stay after school?
b. I kept hearing the loud signal from that train.
c. In other words, please try your best!
d. Sit down in a comfortable chair when you read a good book.
e. You will find an answer in each sentence.
f. The refrigerator contained lots of food!
5. List the independent clauses in the sentences below.
Note: An example of an independent clause could be a simple sentence, or it could be the section in bold print that follows: Whenever I feel tired, I fall asleep rather quickly. Remember--an independent clause can stand alone.
a. I am so happy whenever I visit my daughter.
b. If you need help, please don't hesitate to call me.
c. While you are taking classes, it's a good idea to work as hard as you can.
d. We ate lots of food while we were sitting at the banquet table.
e. I listened to music all day, and I walked along the beach every night.
6. List the dependent clauses in the sentences below.
Note: A dependent clause needs the rest of the sentence to make complete sense. An example is: Because he needed a job, Tim sent out many resumes.
a. I will buy her some presents tomorrow when I receive my paycheck.
b. Whenever you see her, please tell Joan I was asking for her.
c. The puppy trainer was very patient when she worked with the dogs.
d. Fran cleaned out her car while she waited for her sister.
e. Wherever you go on your trip, please be careful to stay safe.
f. Don't worry about getting everything right when you're learning a new skill.
7. An example of alliteration could be:
a. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
b. There are some cute chickens on Cedar Road.
c. Always try your best!
8. Since hydr- is the Greek root that means water, select as many of the sentences below that are true:
a. Using a fire hydrant when fire fighters battle a blaze is often necessary.
b. Drinking a lot of water will keep you hydrated.
c. It is possible to become dehydrated while playing sports on a hot day.
9. Fact or Opinion: Please write fact or opinion in the space after each statement below.
a. Frank is the nicest uncle in the world.
b. Juan has been playing the guitar for ten years.
c. Sally owns the oldest hair salon on the block.
d. Peter has broken lots of records in speed skating.
e. Hockey is everyone's favorite sport.
f. My grandmother's meatballs were the best!
10. Please finish the story below. You may create any situation you would like, but please remember to keep the sentences parallel. This means that if the verbs are written in the past tense, keep them that way. It also means it is important to maintain the same point of view throughout your writing. For example, if the story is written using first person point of view (and uses the pronouns "I" or "my"), you should not switch to a different point of view (such as third person, which uses the pronouns "he," "she," or "they," among others). Try to add at least three solid sentences!
Sue decided it was time to move to a new apartment. It wasn't that she hadn't enjoyed living in the city of Lakeville; in fact, she had often thought she would stay there forever. But something had happened recently that caused Sue to change her mind.
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