Thursday, November 29, 2012

#17: Show What You Know

Today's Post is open ended. However, you are expected to use all the grammar and writing help that you have learned so far. I will be looking for correct spelling, proper grammar, and correct punctuation. You should easily write at least 3 structured paragraphs. Don't forget your fellow classmates and their LOVE of your comments (be helpful and supportive - no "that's cool" or similar, please!).

It is always exciting when you add photos or videos to your blog posts...

Have fun!

Monday, November 26, 2012

#16: Parts of Speech

Is is INCREDIBLY important for you to understand the roles of all EIGHT parts of speech.

  1. Noun: a part of speech inflected for case, signifying a concrete or abstract entity
  2. Verb: a part of speech without case inflection, but inflected for tense, person and number, signifying an activity or process performed or undergone
  3. Participle: a part of speech sharing the features of the verb and the noun
  4. Interjection: a part of speech expressing emotion alone
  5. Pronoun: a part of speech substitutable for a noun and marked for a person
  6. Preposition: a part of speech placed before other words in composition and in syntax
  7. Adverb: a part of speech without inflection, in modification of or in addition to a verb, adjective, clause, sentence, or other adverb
  8. Conjunction: a part of speech binding together the discourse and filling gaps in its interpretation

Some help:

Nouns: School House Rock

Verbs: School House Rock

Required Post:
  • Discuss and Define ALL 8 parts of speech in your OWN words - it may be easiest to use examples
  • Comment on AT LEAST THREE other people's blogs
  • Be creative and have fun - even though you are writing about grammar, you should be able to make this exciting and interesting to read.

Monday, November 12, 2012

#15: School House Rock!!

You asked for it... and here it is...

Working on our grammar skills the "Old School" way:

Conjunctions: In grammar, a conjunction is a part of speech that connects two words, sentences, phrases or clauses together.

Adjectives: The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.

  • Topic: YOUR CHOICE! 
  • 2 or more structured paragraphs!
  • ALL adjectives need to be in BOLD type! 
  • choose 3 or more conjunctions in your post and put them in italics, meaning they need to be slanted and therefore, easily recognized in your post
  • COMMENT on at least 3 other blogs! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

#14: POTUS!

What a week!! We have reelected Barack Obama as the 44th POTUS (President of the United States)!

If you were asked step in front of the United States as the leader - how would you act? What would you say? How would you make our country feel safe and secure that you KNOW what you're doing?

Today's Required Post: 
  • You may choose a topic of your own, OR you may respond to the question above (I'd love to know your thoughts!). 
  • You MUST include 2 structured paragraphs
    • topic sentence
    • 3-4 detailed sentences
    • closing sentence
  • You MUST include 2 semicolons! Go back to the last post if you need help!
  • You MUST comment on 3 other students' blogs
As you are writing today - I will be showing our newest (and current) POTUS' acceptance speech. Enjoy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

#13: The FEARED semicolon!

What is the POINT of a semicolon?

Well... there are so many reasons to know how to properly use a semicolon. Explore the video and websites to help understand how to use a semicolon.

My favorite grammar site is The Oatmeal.

Here are two videos... not the best, but you'll get the point :)

Grammar Vids for Kids:

 Here are some semicolon sentence examples:

  • I watched the Grammy Awards last night; I was pleased that Amy Winehouse won and thought it was a great show this year.
  • I love music; however, I haven’t played my own guitar in several years.
  • I have lived in several different cities: San Francisco, California; Haiku, Hawaii; and Santa Barbara, California.
  • When I was in fourth grade, I won the spelling bee for my entire school and went to the district championships. I practiced every night, memorized all the words on the list, and felt confident that I had a shot at winning; I got nervous on stage and misspelled one of the words even though I knew the proper spelling.
  • I’m fascinated by names and their meanings; Melissa means honey bee.
  • There’s nothing like the gentle drum of water hitting against the window pane; I love the rain.
Your required post:
  • The topic is your choice! However... you have guidelines!
  • You will be incorporating the last two lessons today. 
  • AT LEAST two structured paragraphs! Don't forget to include a topic sentence, detail sentences, and a closing sentence!
  • AT LEAST THREE semicolons throughout your post! 
  • YOU MUST comment on AT LEAST 3 other blogs - TWO of which you have NOT commented on before! If you've commented on everyone's blogs, please choose to comment on someone's blog who you have not read recently. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Post #12: Paragraphs and YOUR Blog

Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Today you are required to write 3 structured paragraphs... the topic is your choice! You may describe your Halloween, write about your blog topic, or choose something else. I suggest adding photos or videos to enhance the interest level (and you can describe the photos if you are struggling with how to write 3 paragraphs! 

Don't forget to add labels and to comment on your classmates' blogs!