Sentences: Simple, Compound, and Complex Experienced writers use a variety of sentences to make their writing interesting and lively. Too many simple sentences, for example, will sound choppy and immature while too many long sentences will be difficult to read and hard to understand. This page contains definitions of simple, compound, and complex sentences with many simple examples. A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought. The three examples above are all simple sentences. A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator. The above three sentences are compound sentences. A True Story Some students believe it is possible to identify simple, compound, and complex sentences by looking at the complexity of the ideas in a sentence. Please take the time to identify the subjects and verbs in a sentence. A complex sentence has an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses.
Christmas Activities The Christmas seasonal pages will provide you with great resources for the Christmas holiday season. Ideas within this section include: journal activities, ornaments, craft ideas, lesson plans, and more. Your creativity can help other teachers. Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, a spiritual leader of the Christian faith, and believed by Christians to be the Son of God. Christmas takes place on the 25th of December. This indicates resources located on The Teacher's Corner. Candy Cane Recipe Grades Any A fun and tasty class activity.Submitted by: Unknown Celebrate an Australian Christmas Grades Any A great lesson that is base on Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning. Also see our other December Lesson Plans, Thematic Units and Activities The Best Christmas Pageant Ever These activities for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson cover reading comprehension, grammar, essays, projects, tests, and work sheets. Christmas Journal Grades 3-5 Journal writing ideas.
Beautiful Word Clouds Quick and Dirty Tips™ One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is whether it’s acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition. I know many of you were taught that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, but it’s a myth. In fact, I consider it one of the top ten grammar myths because many people believe it’s true, but nearly all grammarians disagree, at least in some cases (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). So before I lose you, let's back up. What Is a Preposition? A preposition is a word that creates a relationship between other words. When Can a Sentence End with a Preposition? Here's an example of a sentence that can end with a preposition: What did you step on? I can hear some of you gnashing your teeth right now, while you think, “What about saying, 'On what did you step?'” I've read long arguments about why it's OK to end sentences with prepositions when the preposition isn't extraneous, but the driving point still seems to be “Normal people don't talk that way.” [Where you at?] Cover Letter Grammar
Nouns & Adjectives Game Two children face each other with the rest of the class acting as referees. One child starts by saying a noun. The other responds with an adjective that fits that noun, e.g. "Chair," followed by, "Comfy." Then the first child says another noun and the second child responds, again, with an adjective that goes with it. The game continues until either child loses. A child loses if: they take too long to answer a question; they say, "erm," before answering; they repeat a word that has already been said in the round by either child; they say an incorrect word (one that either isn't a noun or adjective or an adjective that doesn't fit). My last three classes have all loved this game. Rule Variations I've been making the game more varied and interesting by trying some different variations on the rules. No Colours etc. - Make them think of a different selection of adjectives by banning a certain type of adjective, colours for examples. These rules are also good for differentiation.
Simile and Metaphor Poetry Lesson This lesson plan uses descriptive examples to explain how to distinguish between simile and metaphor. Students will analyze poem excerpts to identify comparative phrases and pinpoint occurrences of similes and metaphors. Then, they will create their own similes and metaphors to explore how poets choose whether to use a simile or metaphor in a specific poem. What’s a Simile? Similes and metaphors are poetic techniques that let us compare two different things in a descriptive way. Similes I was standing perfectly still, like a statue.The cafeteria stew was as tasteless as mud.By tomorrow, our house will be as clean as a whistle. Metaphors My sister likes to go to bed early, but I’m a night owl.You’re such a chicken.Life is a roller coaster of emotions. Have you noticed the difference between similes and metaphors? Exercise 1 Read each poem excerpt. The Base Stealer (by Robert Francis)Poised between going on and back, pulled Both ways taut like a tightrope-walker… Exercise 2
You Are Your Words - AHD Educational Technology Buzzwords Jul 22 Thanks to Boundless and Getting Smart for putting together and sharing this great infographic outlining the latest trends in Educational technology. It helps to cut through all the buzzwords flying around and pinpoint what we may or may not be incorporating in our learning and teaching. It also gets me thinking a lot about educational technology and brings up a lot of questions. Do we need this many technology based eystems in the current education climate? Education buzzwords have for a long time driven me insane as we spend our lives in schools latching on to phrase after phrase that tries to make us sound more knowledgeable without actually being more knowledgeable. Clearly from reading this blog, you would know I have great hopes for the impact educational technology can have on learning and teaching.
First, Second, and Third Person You probably know what it means to write in the first person, but you may not be as confident about using the second- or third-person point of view. Today we’re going to focus on each of these three points of view. In grammatical terms, first person, second person, and third person refer to personal pronouns. First Person In the subjective case, the singular form of the first person is “I,” and the plural form is “we.” I (first-person singular) look forward to my monthly book club meeting. The first-person point of view is used primarily for autobiographical writing, such as a personal essay or a memoir. Besides “I” and “we,” other singular first person pronouns include “me” (objective case) and “my” and “mine” (possessive case). I asked Sam to help me with my Happy New Year mailing, and we somehow got the project done early during the last week of December in spite of our packed schedules. For further clarification regarding the eight first-person pronouns just used, here’s a table: 1.
Genesis Creation of the world Chapter 1 The Literacy Block Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 3:47 pm A literacy block should provide a balanced program of literacy instruction including the following teaching/learning approaches to support reading and writing. Essential Reading Components: Modelled Reading occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers, enabling the experienced reader to model how effective readers sound, solve and think about texts when readingThe “think aloud” strategy is used strategically by the expert reader to model thinking and problem solving actions. Reading Aloud occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers for the purposes of: building a community of readers,creating shared experiences amongst students,exposing students to new ideas, story lines, characters and contexts,exposing students to new vocabulary, text and language structures,building a love of reading. Shared Reading Guided Reading Guided Reading/Reciprocal Teaching Independent Reading Modelled Writing The Aim
The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Pinterest The following article is by Julie Delello of the University of Texas at Tyler. She can be reached at jdelello[at]uttyler.edu if you have any questions or comments. Children learn social skills by interacting freely with peers. Playgrounds provide an opportunity for children from different classrooms to interact and enhance skill development. For some, the relatively new social network site Pinterest has become a virtual playground allowing users to “pin” inspiring images from around the web. As a new teacher, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to create motivating lessons while managing the responsibilities within the classroom. Pinterest, created in 2009 and launched in March of 2010, has been ranked 10th out of the top visited social networking sites across the world, allowing users to search for pins with a specific theme or subject. Getting Started Pinterest is straightforward and doesn’t require a lot of technological experience to get started. Set up an account. References
How to Write a Diamante Poem What is a Diamante? A diamante – pronounced dee-uh-MAHN-tay – is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape. Believe it or not, the diamante was invented just 40 years ago. Also known as a “diamond poem” because of it’s shape, there are two different types of diamantes; synonym diamantes and antonym diamantes. The Rules of a Diamante There are just a few rules to writing a diamante: Diamantes are seven lines long.The first and last lines have just one word. Here’s an easy way to visualize all three rules: Noun Adjective, Adjective Verb, Verb, Verb Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun Verb, Verb, Verb Adjective, Adjective Noun In a synonym diamante, the nouns at the beginning and end are two words that mean basically the same thing. Synonym Diamante Antonym Diamante Getting Started Things to Remember