Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Drumroll, please! (That's an imperative sentence.)
At last, here are the results from all the various review games we have been playing. These results include in-class points as well as those collected from some of you who were absent, as well as the results from Block 7 that were completed over last weekend. I believe that the review sessions were helpful for everyone! I could tell who had been studying, and who had not.

Groups are listed in order of point rankings, and have been adjusted to account for the number of students in each group. Winning team members receive a Bonus Pass and first choice from the Prize Box.

1st Place Team: Ian/Isaac/Zack/Micah
2nd Place Team: Sarah/Gal

1st Place Team: Ethan/Alex
2nd Place Team: Sarah Szabo/Audra

1st Place Team: Tristan/Arie/Gabi H.
2nd Place Team: Lauren/Spencyr

1st Place Team: Madi/Gabi/Lindy
2nd Place Team: Max/Rip/Collin

Students on teams who placed second will receive a Bonus Point and a prize from the Prize Box.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Big Week...

The schedule for this week is as follows:
MONDAY: regular Monday schedule
We continue review of the rules for mechanics.

TUESDAY: "A" schedule
We will review prepositions, irregular verbs, literary elements, verbs.

WEDNESDAY: "A" schedule
Pre-writing and organizing for the written portion of the Midterm

THURSDAY: "A" schedule
Final draft of written portion of the Midterm

FRIDAY" 1/2 Day Midterms L.A. and Math

For studying, you should be reviewing the rules in the Easy Grammar book, the pages listed in the study guide, the handouts on literary elements, and root words. Review some of the information on EACH topic every day. If you have specific questions about any of the content, do not hesitate to ask.

The gaming sites we use in class are excellent practice for proofreading and applying mechanics rules. Note at the top of the blog the tab for Grammar practice.

To my knowledge, there is no practice site associated with Easy Grammar.
Get lots of rest, drink water, and practice relaxing breathing.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Week of 12/9 - 12/13

Alright, which one of you has secretly invented a time machine? How we got to the week before Midterms is unfathomable to me. (Don't know what "unfathomable" means? Take the roots apart, and look up the word fathom.) We will begin the week by completing the section on irregular verbs. Then, we will tackle the Unit 8 V & R test. Beginning with Day 3, all the way through next Tuesday, we will be reviewing for the Midterm.

PLEASE NOTE: You should have obtained a mystery novel by this point. If you still need suggestions, see the link on the right of the blog ------>

The Midterm will consist of two parts: a written portion, and a comprehensive content portion. You will hear more about this in class. If you have a difficult time with tests in general, you may wish to consider an alternative project which I will also explain in class.

The written portion is required for all students, and will occur in class on 12/18 and 12/19. Again, you will hear more about this next week.

TUTORIAL/STUDY SESSION for the Unit 8 test will be TUESDAY MORNING before school.

Monday 12/9: Irregular verbs
Day 2 Blocks: Vocab & Roots Test Unit 8, Edmodo "Journal" Entry, review root words
Day 3 Blocks: Mystery Novel/literary elements review
Day 4: Review for midterm - mechanics rules (punctuation, capitalization)

On Monday, due Day 2: Review the Study Guide, make a list of questions you have about any of the material that will be covered.
On Day 2, due Day 3: Make sure you have begun reading a mystery novel, review prepositions and adverbs.
On Day 3, due Day 4: Review all literary elements (including conflict)