Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dallas Cowboy Turned Teacher

This is a great article!
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--former-nfl-qb-jon-kitna-finds-%E2%80%98gold-mine%E2%80%99-at-a-school-where-other-teachers-only-saw-problems-194739063.html

Friday, November 16, 2012

Parts of Speech Test or Quiz

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Here is a quick Parts of Speech Quiz or Test that you can copy and paste.

Parts of Speech
Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Verb, Adverb, Preposition, Interjection, Conjunction
Identify the underlined part of speech.

1.     I am going to Australia this weekend.
2.     They live in a large house.
3.     She ran slowly to the car.
4.     The girl in the pink dress is very pretty.
5.     The boy with the red hat is my friend.
6.     She walked to the store this morning.
7.     I am going to church on Sunday morning.
8.     Their house is so large!
9.     The puppy ran under the table.
10. Wow! You look really nice today.
11. I am sleepy, but I must do my homework.
12. I saw the puppy in the window.
13. It is so cold outside.
14. She is trying to find some happiness.
15. She was looking at herself in the mirror.
16. She is such a nice person.
17. She carefully walked across the floor.
18. I am going home, so I will need to find my keys.
19. She lives in Raleigh.
20. She lives in New Zealand.
21. List five linking verbs.
22. List seven coordinating conjunctions.
23. List five pronouns.
24. List three adverbs.
25. Write a sentence in which you use the word cheese as an adjective.
26. Write a sentence with an interjection.  Make sure that you punctuate it properly.
27. Write a sentence with a prepositional phrase.  Underline the propositional phrase.  Circle the preposition.
28. Write sentence with two independent clauses and a coordinating conjunction.
29. Write a sentence with two independent clauses and however.
30. What grade do you think you will make on this test?  Explain.  (at least three sentences)
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

School House Rock 2012 Project

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With this project, students create a video and a song like School House Rock to explain a grammatical concept. Click here for directions.


video

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Parts of Speech Workbook, Test Review, and Test

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Here are three things you can use to help teach your kids parts of speech: instruction, review, and test.


Instruction:  Here is a workbook that I created and have used through the years:

http://www.freethingsforenglishteachers.com/uploads/8/8/7/3/8873844/quick_and_simple_grammar_and_punctuation_workbook.pdf


Review:  Here is a review sheet that I made:
http://www.freethingsforenglishteachers.com/uploads/8/8/7/3/8873844/parts_of_speech_test_review.pdf


Here is a test that I found on the web.  I later tweaked it for my purposes:

http://julieteacher.pbworks.com/w/page/12607413/Parts%20of%20Speech%20Test


Group Essay:Travel Writers Project

I created this website for my graduate school class.  It gives instructions on how to do a jig saw group essay (in the form of a travel blog)  for an online class.  Even if you are not teaching an online class, I think (hope) you will find some use for it.


http://travelwriterseci517.weebly.com/overview.html





Friday, June 29, 2012

35 Graphic Organizers (Can be Interactive or Not)

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Here are some great graphic organizers from Holt.  Holt offers graphic organizers for organizing ideas, determining main idea, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrast and much, much more!
Take a look.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MLA Documetnation Activities

Sorry, I have been away for so long.  I have been busy with grad school.  I am also working on a new book.  I PROMISE I will try to do better.

Anyway, this is the time of year for RESEARCH PAPERS.

Click on the link to my website, and then click on MLA Documetation: An Explanation and MLA Documentation: A Short Activity

I have found this to be very helpful year after year.

http://www.freethingsforenglishteachers.com/free-worksheets.html