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MS English

Description: 

In this IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) based class, your 6th-8th grader will enjoy quality source texts while learning to effectively write using structure and style.  In addition, this class will provide an opportunity for vocabulary development through learning weekly roots and their derivatives.  As we move through the units, your middle schooler will develop their: speaking skills; grammar, word choice, and sentence fluency; ability to summarize and write stories and research reports; understanding of poetry.  Each week, 2-3 hours of homework will be assigned and parental supervision and guidance will be required.    

Required Text/Materials: 

• IEW Student Writing Intensive, Level B (IEW.com/SID-B)

• Student Resource Notebook (by purchasing the student binder above through IEW, you will receive it as a free e-book download to print out)

• Thesaurus

• 3x5 flash cards, 1 or 2 inch metal flash card ring

April 25, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we started unit 7: Creative Writing. Students learned how to take a brain inventory and started their outline. In addition, they each took the roots quiz and a figurative language quiz.

Homework

Writing:

1. Complete the outline started in class.

2. Write a two paragraph paper on your topic.

3. Have your mom or dad edit your rough draft.

4. Revise your paper and print out a final copy.

5. Use the checklist on page 86 - be sure everything is completed.

6. Staple your outline, rough draft, final draft, and checklist together to turn in.

Root Word: Study for the extra credit roots quiz!





April 18, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we shared tongue twisters (alliteration), sentences using onomatopoeia, and identified symbols and symbolism through advertisements.  Next, we learned about hyperbole and imagery. Finally we learned the new root: sol.

Homework

Writing:

1. Complete the rest of the packet - including hyperbole, imagery, and fishing for figurative language. You will be turning in the packet next week.

2. Study the figurative language terms - we have a quiz on them next week.

Root Word: sol

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!! WE HAVE A QUIZ - really, this next week we do!!

1. Write out the root SOL on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

April 11, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we reviewed similes, metaphors, and personification. Following that we presented some tongue twisters to learn about alliteration, brainstormed onomatopoeia, and discussed symbolism. In addition we learned the new root: scrib.

Homework

Writing:

1. Complete the alliteration page.

2. Complete activity 2 on the onomatopoeia page.

3. Complete the symbolism page AND...

4. Bring in 2 ads that contain some sort of symbolism - on a separate sheet of paper, write down what the symbol means.

Root Word: scrib

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!! WE HAVE A QUIZ!!

1. Write out the root SCRIB on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

April 4, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we reviewed idioms, acted out two plays about similes and metaphors, and learned about personification. In addition we learned the new root: rupt.

Homework

Writing:

1. Complete pages 1-4 of the packet (that does not include the cover page).

Root Word: rupt

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!! WE HAVE A QUIZ!!

1. Write out the root RUPT on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

March 28, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we started learning about figurative language and focused on idioms. In addition we learned the new root: poli.

Homework

Writing:

1. Print the "Figurative Language" packet

2. Staple and hole-punch the packet.

3. Complete the page on idioms.

 

Root Word: poli

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root POLI on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

March 21, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we went over the reports, practiced writing sentences with varied sentence opener and dress up, and took a roots quiz.

Homework

Writing:

1. Write six sentences:

  1. #1 sentence opener plus two dress ups
  2. #2 sentence opener plus two dress ups
  3. #3 sentence opener plus two dress ups
  4. #4 sentence opener plus two dress ups
  5. #5 sentence opener plus two dress ups
  6. #6 sentence opener plus two dress ups

***All sentences must be based on the first sentence and use different words for dress ups.

 

Root Word: onym

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root ONYM on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

March 14, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we reviewed, banned the verb "like" and the adjective "fun" and learned two new sentence openers - "ing" (4) and clausal (5).

Homework

Writing:

1. Write two sentences:

  • #4 sentence opener plus two dress ups
  • #5 sentence opener plus two dress ups

***One sentence must include a synonym for "like" and the other must include a synonym for "fun".

Root Word: nov

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root NOV on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

March 7, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we learned how to transition from one paragraph to the next using transition words. In addition, we learned how to write an effective conclusion paragraph.

Homework

Writing:

1. Write a complete conclusion paragraph following the structure in your new packet: restated thesis, "The most..." sentence, and a thought provoking statement or question. Include three different dress-ups and sentence openers.

2. Connect each of your paragraphs with transitions.

3. If not done already, revise each of your three body paragraphs making sure to include the dress ups and sentence openers using the checklist on page 73. Be sure your facts are clear, make sense and are interesting - don't confuse your reader.

4. Create a title based on your final sentence.

5. Make sure all of your five paragraphs are in one document (indent to show paragraphing), have a parent read/edit, and then print. Make sure you identify ALL dress-ups, sentence openers, and TS/CS words.

Root Word: multi

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root MULTI on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

February 28, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we took a roots quiz and learned how to write an introduction paragraph (including an effective thesis statement) for a 5 paragraph essay. Our new root is: morph

 

Homework

Writing:

1. Write a complete introduction paragraph following the structure in your new packet: hook, background, thesis.

2. Revise each of your three body paragraphs making sure to include the dress ups and sentence openers using the checklist on page 73. Be sure your facts are clear, make sense and are interesting - don't confuse your reader.

 

Root Word: morph

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root MORPH on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

February 14, 2017

CHECK YOUR ENGRADE

Today we worked in groups to create two more fused outline while I was able to conference with each student. Our new root is: medi

 

Homework

Writing:

1. If not done already in class, create a fused outline for two more topics.

2. Write a paragraph using all the facts/details from the fused outline.

3. Include a topic and clincher sentence that follows the rule.

4. Include the dress ups and sentence openers using the checklist on page 73.

Root Word: medi

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root MEDI on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

Study for the roots test!! Focus on all the color cards (the roots) and know the last three weeks worth of roots and derivatives (green cards).

February 7, 2017

I need one more pack of white index cards. I have run out!

***Check your Engrade***

BRING A HIGHLIGHTER!!

Today we learned how to identify topics in each of the three source books. Groups chose a topic and outlined that topic from each source. Following that, they worked on a fused outline. This strategy will greatly help them as they do science and research projects. Our new root is: liter

 

Homework

Writing:

1. If not done already, create a fused outline.

2. Write a paragraph using all the facts/details from the fused outline.

3. Include a topic and clincher sentence that follows the rule.

4. Include the dress ups and sentence openers using the checklist on page 73.

 

Root Word: liter

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root liter on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

Study for the roots test!!

January 31, 2017

PLEASE bring in on pack of white index cards. I have run out!

***Check your Engrade***

BRING A HIGHLIGHTER!!

Today we took a roots quiz and used mini books to highlight the repeating or reflecting key words in the topic and clincher sentences. In addition, we learned a new root - the suffix ist.

 

Homework

Writing:

1. Highlight book three - the repeating or reflecting key words in the topic sentence and clincher sentence.

2. If you did not do this last week, practice writing a topic sentence and then a corresponding clincher sentence on a piece of paper - using this rule.

Root Word: ist

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root ist on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

January 24, 2017

PLEASE bring in on pack of white index cards. I have run out!

***Check your Engrade***

BRING A HIGHLIGHTER!!

Today we reviewed and wrote sentences using different sentence openers. Following that, we learned the topic sentence and clincher sentence rule (this must be memorized by the next class). In addition, we learned a new root: hyper.

 

Homework

Writing:

1. Memorize the topic sentence and clincher sentence rule. Know how to apply this in writing.

2. Practice writing a topic sentence and then a topic sentence on a piece of paper - using this rule.

 

Root Word: Hyper

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Hyper on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

Study for the roots quiz #7!!

January 17, 2017

PLEASE bring in on pack of white index cards. I have run out!

***Check your Engrade***

Today: Today we took a roots quiz , reviewed the rough draft of "The Eagle and the Serpent" and learned four types of sentence openers. In addition, we learned a new root: Fin.

 

Homework

Writing:

1. Type a 3 part FINAL draft of "The Eagle and the Serpent".

2. Please use the checklist on page 63. Check off each item on the checklist.

3. Before printing, have your mom or dad read over it for grammar and conventions.

4. After printing, mark each dress-up and each sentence opener.

Root Word: Fin

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Fin on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

January 10, 2017

Today: Today we shared Shape Poems, reviewed the story sequence outline, read "The Eagle and the Serpent" and created a KWO. In addition, we learned a new root: Extra.

Homework

Writing:

1. Write or type a 3 part rough draft of "The Eagle and the Serpent".

2. Please use the checklist on page 60.

Root Word: Extra

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Extra on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

Quiz #6 next week - be sure to study and prepare!

December 13, 2016

Today: Today we shared Haiku poems and learned about shape poems. Word choice is such an important factor in writing a great poem, so we discussed using our dress-ups in our poetry writing. Following that, each student picked a topic for their personal shape poem.

 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Complete the "What is a Shape Poem?" worksheet.

2. Type/ neatly hand write a final draft (have mom or dad edit before printing) and make sure it is in the shape of the topic of the poem. The shape is the illustration.

Root Word: No new words this week - students need to go back and write proper sentences to go with each derivative. So many are getting marked off for this. The sentence must use context so the reader understands the word just from reading the sentence. Also, students are not illustrating their cards - these illustrations help with memory and visualization.

December 6, 2016

Today: Today we took a new roots quiz, banned the adjective big, and learned about the poetry form of Haiku. We went outside to explore and get ideas for a Haiku. Finally, we learned the new root: Eco.

 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Complete the "What is a Haiku?" worksheet.

2. Type a final draft (have mom or dad edit before printing) and illustrate it.

Root Word: Eco

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Eco on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

November 29, 2016

Today: Today we were busy! We discussed graded work and areas of struggle. We reviewed all the dress-ups and clarified when to use commas. In addition, we banned eat/ate and brainstormed strong verbs for replacement. Then, we started our little poetry unit. We learned about a diamante and created one in teams. Finally, we learned the new root: Duc.

 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Complete the "What is a Diamante?" worksheet.

2. Type a final draft (have mom or dad edit before printing) and illustrate it.

 

Root Word: Duc

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Duc on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

***Study for Roots Quiz #5***

November 15, 2016

Today: Today we reviewed roots and took quiz #4. Following that we discussed prepositions and used our bodies to "show" all the prepositions. Students will need to start using prepositions as an alternative way to start a sentence. Next, we read "The Salt Merchant and His Ass" and used the story sequence to create a KWO. Finally, we learned the new root: Co.

 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Write a THREE part (number I, II, and III) rough draft of "The Salt Merchant and His Ass". Use your story sequence outline as you are writing each part - add details and be descriptive.

2. Use the checklist on page 56.

Root Word: Co

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Co on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

November 8, 2016

Today: Today we reviewed the dress ups we have learned so far. Students shared their outlines with one another and received feed back. We also learned how to incorporate sensory words to enhance the description of the setting. In addition, we learned a new root.

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Write a THREE part (number I, II, and III) rough draft of the Lion and the Shepherd rewrite. Use your story sequence outline as you are writing each part - add details and be descriptive.

2. Use the checklist on page 52.

Root Word: Circum

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Circum on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

ROOTS Quiz #4 next week!! Be sure to study!!

November 1, 2016

Today: Today we took roots quiz number 3 (much better results). We also learned the difference between an adverbial clause and a prepositional phrase (an adverbial clause has a subject and verb - if the clausal starter is removed, it is a complete sentence). As each student presented their Lion and Shepherd rewrite (KWO), we gave feedback for improvement.

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. On the NEW worksheet write your KWO, based on the same plot and moral of "The Lion and the Shepherd." *Remember, you must keep the plot the same: character 1 is in trouble and needs help and receives help from the unlikely helpful character of 2. Then 2 is in trouble and needs help and ends up being helped by character 1.

2. Make sure that your details make sense and fit the new story but still follow the plot of The Lion and the Shepherd.

3. Do not use any of the banned words (go/went, see/saw, think/thought, say/said, good and bad) in your KWO.

4. Complete the brainstorm on the right side of the worksheet - you must include at least three of each (one for each section of the story).

5. Practice retelling your story aloud to two family members (using your outline only).

Root Word: Chron

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Chron on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

October 25, 2016

Today: Today we were busy learning how to use the Story Sequence Chart to creat a KWO of a story. After reading "The Lion and the Shepherd," we asked questions pertaining to these three components: 1. characters/setting 2. conflict/problem 3. climax/resolution in or to create a KWO. We also learned the new root bio and four derivatives.

 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Brainstorm a new setting and two characters to replace the Lion and the Shepherd.

2. Create a KWO, based on the same plot and moral of "The Lion and the Shepherd." *Remember, you must keep the plot the same: character 1 is in trouble and needs help and receives help from the unlikely helpful character of 2. Then 2 is in trouble and needs help and ends up being helped by character 1.

3. Do not use any of the banned words (go/went, see/saw, think/thought, say/said, good and bad) in your KWO.

4. Practice retelling your story aloud to two family members (using your outline only).

Root Word: Bio

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Bio on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

4. Study for Roots Quiz #3 - all roots are cumulative (color cards) and the quiz will include the past two week's derivatives.

October 18, 2016

Today: Today we were busy. The students took their second roots quiz (more studying needs to be going on); we banned the verb see/saw, discussed quality adjectives and banned good and bad. In addition, we practiced using the adverbial clause in sentences (www.asia) and learned the new root: auto. 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. Final draft "Anesthetics" or "False Teeth"

2. Use the checklist handed out in class (p. 44).

3. Do not use any of the banned words (go/went, see/saw, think/thought, say/said, good and bad).

4. Make sure the title connects with the end of the story and uses dramatic words.

5. Have mom or dad read over the final draft.

Root Word: Auto

**Study these cards for two minutes EACH day!!!

1. Write out the root Auto on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

October 11, 2016

Today: Today we reviewed and worked in pairs to rewrite a story. 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. KWO of "Anesthetics" or "False Teeth"

2. Write and rough draft using the checklist on on the back side of wither story.

3. Underline and identify one of each dress up.

4. Do not use any of the banned words.

5. Make sure the title connects with the end of the story and uses dramatic words.

Root Word: Audi

1. Write out the root Audi on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

October 4, 2016

Today: Today we discussed banned verbs (say/said, think/thought, go/went), reviewed the w/w, sv, and ly dress-ups, learned about because clauses, and brainstormed effective titles (must use 2-3 key words from the last sentence; words must be dramatic and capture the gist of the text).

 

Homework

CHECK GRADES ON ENGRADE!!

Writing:

1. KWO "Dorothy and the Cyclone." (p. 27)

2. Write and rough draft using the checklist on page 28.

3. Underline and identify one of each dress up.

4. Do not use any of the banned words.

5. Make sure the title connects with the end of the story.

Root Word: Anti

1. Write out the root Anti on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences. 

September 27, 2016

Today: Today we worked on who/which clauses, ly adverbs, and strong verbs. In addition, we brainstormed ideas and word choice for a rewrite of "The Farmer and His Sons."

Homework

Writing:

0. Look over you cephalopod paragraph I handed back today. :)

1. Rewrite "The Farmer and His Sons."

2. Include a clear setting, explanation of the farmer's illness and what he farms, and what the son's did in their slothfulness.

3. Incorporate one who or which clause and one "ly" adverb (be sure to underline them - they may not be sentence openers). Also, incorporate at least one strong verb.

4. Make sure the title connects with the end of the story.

Root Word: Ante

1. Write out the root Ante on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence. **Please take the time to write effective sentences.

4. Study for the first roots quiz.

September 20, 2016

Today: Excellent participation today as we continued to work on keyword outlining - we read "The Farmer and His Sons." And, we worked on using the who/which clause and the "ly" adverb to enhance our writing. :)

Homework

Writing:

1. Retell the "The Farmer and His Sons" to a family member using only the KWO (add some great new details).

2. Write a double spaced paragraph - using the KWO only.

3. Incorporate one who or which clause and one "ly" adverb (be sure to underline them).

4. Make sure the title connects with the end of the story.

Root Word: Ali

1. Write out the root Ali on the color card (with the definition on the back) and 4 derivatives on the white cards (see attached power point).

2. The front of the white cards must have the derivative and a picture representation of the word.

3. The back of the white cards must have the definition, part of speech, and a sentence using the derivative in such a way that someone who does not know what the word means would be able to figure it out. Underline the derivative in the sentence.

September 13, 2016

What a great first class! So glad to see everyone familiar with IEW and participating! I give participation points each week, so keep it up. :)

Today: We reviewed how to create a keyword outline, tested the outline, and then rewrote it in our own words incorporating the who/which dress-up.

Homework:

1. Read "Introducing Cephalopods".

2. Create a keyword outline (KWO).

3. Retell the source text to a family member using only the KWO.

4. Write a double spaced paragraph - using the KWO only.

5. Incorporate one who or which clause (be sure to underline it).

Roots: No root or derivative this week - we will start next week.