--Pick up these two sheets from the front table: “The Grammar Hammer--THE GRAMMAR CRIME: Comma splice” and “The Grammar Hammer--Comma Splice Fix-up Practice”. Spend the first few minutes of class purposefully reading the instructional document. Then, use the instructional document to complete the practice sheet.
S. the C.
--Today, we will work on:
- demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation when writing, specifically using independent and dependent clauses to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing and using a semicolon (and perhaps a conjunctive adverb) to link two or more closely related independent clauses. THIS STANDARD WILL BE ASSESSED VIA THE TICKET-OUT-THE-DOOR.
- producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. THIS STANDARD WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED VIA THE TICKET-OUT-THE-DOOR.
--after giving the students a few more minutes to work, select five different students to come up the front board and write their sentences from the practice.
--File away your grammar work. Don't lose it!
--Look back through your "The Great Discovery" document and star the one item that you want to share/don't mind sharing with the class AND/OR prepare to share your Personal Mission Statement with the class.
--Form an alphabetical circle out of the desks. Have your "The Great Discovery" document and/or your Personal Mission Statement handy and be ready to share.
Brain Break/Teambuilder/Sharpening the Saw -- "The Great Discovery"/Personal Mission Statement Community Circle--Finding All We Have in Common
--Directions for students: as sharing occurs, pay attention to all of the commonalities that exist from person to person to person--what do we all have in common?
Transition -- re-column the desks and pick up an index card from the front table
Closure -- Ticket-Out-the-Door
--After first writing your name on your index card (or scrap of paper), do the following in the form of a well-developed paragraph:
- Write a response in which you show that one of your peers is similar to you based on what you heard in today’s circle discussion. Cite specific evidence from both the circle discussion and your own life in your response.
- In your response, properly use a semi-colon to separate two independent clauses (use your “The Grammar Hammer--THE GRAMMAR CRIME: Comma splice” sheet for assistance!).
- Once you have finished, submit your index card. Mr. Martin will use your writing to assess skills, so make sure you submit your best work!
--Bring your copy of "The Lady or the Tiger?" again next class. We're still not done yet!
--If your Personal Mission Statement is shoddy, make it better--make it worth saving forever.
FYI:--At this point, you are expected to have "mastered" the contents of the "Deepening Our Understanding..." notes document (especially Habits 1-4). Expect Mr. Martin to check on your knowledge of, understanding of, and ability to apply the information sometime soon (especially considering he has still yet to do so)!