|Friday, February 26
Heads up: Tuesday while the juniors are taking their practice ACT, we senior citizens will report to Mrs. Christal's room in the history hallway.
|Thursday, February 25
||"The Wrong Stuff" part two and comma worksheets.
|Tuesday, February 23
||More Parallelism plus the first "The Wrong Stuff" worksheet.
|Monday, February 22
|Friday, February 19
||More with the Nonessentials
|Thursday, February 18
||Nonessential Phrases and Clauses
|Tuesday, February 16
||Noun Clauses can be any type of noun we've studied. This will be fun!
|Monday, February 15
Friday, February 12
|Professional Development Day
|Thursday, February 11
||More with adjective clauses and the essential vs. nonessential concept.
Adverb Clauses ws.
|Tuesday, February 9
||We tackled adjective clauses and received a subordinate clause info sheet.
|Monday, February 8||Finish off the verbals and appositives and tackle subordinate clauses if time allows.|
|Friday, February 5
||Fun with gerunds and participles continues. Appositives also.
|Thursday, February 4
||More fun with gerunds and participles.
Infinitives if time allows.
Book Fair at 9:10
|Tuesday, February 2
||Gerunds vs. participles
|Monday, February 1||More participial phrases then gerunds and infinitives.|
|Friday, January 29
||Participial phrases and gerund phrases
|Thursday, January 28
||Adverb ws. and then prepositional phrases.
|Tuesday, January 26
|Monday, January 25
||Worksheet: DO or PW?"
Adjectives and adverbs.
If you missed the first flash card quiz, you retake it tomorrow.
|Friday, January 22
||More with linking verbs and predicate words
|Tuesday, January 19
||Flash Cards Quiz
Book work on linking verbs and predicate verbs
|Monday, January 18
|I was gone. You were told to study for a flash card quiz today. I hope you did!
Linking verbs and predicate words
|Tuesday, January 12
|| Direct/Indirect Objects WS.
|Monday, January 11
||Making our flash cards or direct and indirect objects if we didn't bring our index cards.
|Friday, January 8
||Our first reading test.
|Thursday, January 7
||We will take our first English test and then work on our flash cards. Next time, we take our first reading test.
|Tuesday, January 5
||Seating chart and class overview. Flash card assignment. First English test tomorrow.
|Friday, December 18
||Thanks for a great
semester! Best batch of kids I have ever had in ACT Prep!
Have a safe, relaxing break and a Merry Christmas!
|Thursday, December 17
||A few pictures of the class for my scrapbook and a celebratory movie
|Tuesday, December 15
||Final assignment. Read and summarize this story. It
seems a little crazy to me that I am expected to teach you how to
summarize at the high school level, but it's a useful skill, especially
on reading tests. To summarize is to reduce the reading to its
most important details. Consequently, it's shorter than the
original. By the way, paraphrasing is putting the reading into
your own words, so a paraphrase is often longer than the original.
|Friday, December 11
||More English review before Saturday's ACT test.
|Thursday, December 10
|Tuesday, December 8
||I am absent. Important educational film.
|Monday, December 7
|Friday, December 4
|Thursday, December 3
||Mr. Beal presents more strategies and practice questions.
|Tuesday, December 1
||Mr. Beal takes charge and presents strategies to beat the science test.
|Monday, November 30
||Our first science test! Hooray!
|Tuesday, November 24
||Wrapping up our math segment in a super duper fashion.
|Monday, November 23
||Our last day with Mr. Nail. We thank you, sir!
|Friday, November 20
||Mr. Nail goes over the test.
|Thursday, November 19
||Mr. Nail's second practice test (your third math test).
|Tuesday, November 17
||More with the math guru, Mr. Nail.
|Monday, November 16
||Mr. Nail continues his math
unit. Homework: Find three questions from the practice test
that gave you a hard time for Tuesday discussion.
|Friday, November 13
||No school for you!
|Wednesday, November 11
||Math practice Test #2
|Tuesday, November 10
|| Math continues.
|Monday, November 9
||Mr. Nail began his math unit.
Homework: Worksheet #3 1-9.
|Friday, November 6
||More math deviltry. Today is the deadline for registering online for the December ACT.
Worksheet #2 (194-208)
|Thursday, November 5
||Part Two (last thirty minutes) of the math test.
|Tuesday, November 3
||Part One (thirty minutes worth) of the math test.
|Monday, November 2
First Math Test! We will break this up into two thirty-minutes
sessions: one today, one Tuesday. Oops! No calculators.
Bring your own. I will try to find a set to borrow.
|Friday, October 30
||Last reading test of the semester. Time to swing away!
|Thursday, October 29
||Makeup English test and go over the reading test.
|Tuesday, October 27
||Reading Test for everyone. Next time is the English Test makeup day. Everyone bring a book to
read or work to work on.
|Monday, October 26
||Discuss English test results and reading test strategies. Go over August reading test, classifying question types.
|Friday, October 23
||No school! Thanks for coming in, parents!
|Thursday, October 22
||Last English Test
Seniors order caps and gowns at lunch Thursday.
|Tuesday, October 20
||ASVAB for juniors. Seniors, ask your questions.
|Monday, October 19
||Pronoun choice, who vs. whom, and test-taking strategies.
|Friday, October 16
||More prepping for Thursday's last English test. I hope to see everyone in the "I improved!" pic this time.
|Thursday, October 15
||More test analysis
|Tuesday, October 13
||Going over the test, finding our weak areas, asking questions, and tooling up for the next and final English test.
|Monday, October 12
||We'll discuss the results.
|Friday, October 9
||No School: PD Day
|Thursday, October 8
||You'll take the rest of the
practice test, we'll grade it, and you'll take ACT English Test
#2. You will ACE this test! Good luck!
|Tuesday, October 6
||Friday continued. I hope to finish the English test practice with enough time left over Thursday for Test #2.
|Monday, October 5
|Friday, October 2
||A question-by-question analysis of our first practice test, using our huge toolbox of knowledge.
|Thursday, October 1
||More with commas and subject-verb agreement.
|Tuesday, Septermber 29
||Dangling modifers and comma rules.
|Monday, September 28
||Correct pronoun choices and dangling modifiers.
|Friday, September 25
||The Wrong Stuff, Parts I and II
|Thursday, September 24
||Finish noun clauses and tackle adverb clauses.
|Monday, September 21
||More subordinate clause fun.|
|Friday, September 17
|Thursday, September 16
|Tuesday, September 15
||More verbals and appositive practice and perhaps the beginning of subordinate clauses.
|Monday, September 14
||May the tsunami of knowlege that occurred Friday continue today as we continue to duke it out with verbals and appositives.
|Friday, September 11
||The sign up deadline for the October ACT is September 18. Sign up online at the ACT website.
More Verbals practice.
|Thursday, September 10
||Master appositive phrases.
Conquer active vs. passive voice verbs.
Verbals and appositives practice.
From Mr. Pitts: I have a scholarship opportunity for students wanting to pursue an English degree at Missouri Valley College. Will you announce this to your senior English classes. I will also post this on the the counselor's Scholarship Google classroom. Thanks for your help. The scholarship information may be found at: http://moval.edu/
|Tuesday, September 8
||Complete Infinitives ws.
Practice with all verbals.
|Monday. September 7
|Thursday, September 3
From Mr. Pitts: Please encourage your students to enroll in Google Classroom - Scholarships. I will be posting scholarship opportunities as they become available and other helpful pieces of information throughout the school year. The access code is: spspq5
|Tuesday, September 1
||More Gerund vs. Participle fun
|Monday, August 31
||More fun with gerunds and then
we discover if we can tell the difference between the gerund and the
participle which share a common ending: -ing.
|Friday, August 28
|| Your first
flash card quiz will be graded and returned (I hope). You can
expect more in the very near future, so study! A failing grade on
this quiz should motivate you to Jacket up...to coin a phrase.
I was very impressed by how many of my students received their Teachers'Academic Letter of Excellence. The "tale" told was one of determination and drive to excel. Mission accomplished.
|Thursday, August 27
||Prepositional phrases, participial phrases, and more
|Tuesday, August 25
||Finishing D.O vs. P.Words and soldiering on. Adjective and adverb worksheets.
|Monday, August 24
||Continue with our worksheets: predicate words, direct object vs. predicate words.|
|Friday, August 21
||Grade our first English and
Reading tests. JBAC prevented learning today.
|Thursday, August 20
||Our first practice ACT tests happen today: English and reading tests.
|Tuesday, August 18
||Subjects, actions verbs, direct and indirect objects.
|Monday, August 17
||We'll make our grammar flash cards today.
|The raven was wrong. Once again into the breach.
Friday, August 14, 2015
|Roll, seating charts, drill info. Flash cards reminder. Bring index cards Monday.
Practice with flash cards.
|Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
||I stopped posting these because
I don't think any of my students actually looks at them. Scroll
down to see the order of assignments in previous rotations.
|Monday, April 14
|| Hellos, flash cards graded, flash card quiz, and first ACT English test
|Thursday, April 10
||Picture showing improvement, survey, Reading test strategies
|Wednesday, April 9
||Last ACT English test
|Wednesday, March 19--Monday, April 7 (minus Spring Break)
||Review the questions of the ACT booklet test.
Review and take passages as mini-tests from a retired ACT test.
|Tuesday, March 18
||Subject-verb agreement, transitions, and commas
|Monday, March 17
||Pronoun choices, misplaced modifiers, active vs. passive voice verbs
|Wednesday, March 12
||The Wrong Stuff and Parallelism ws
|Tuesday, March 11
||All clauses, essential or nonessential phrases or clause
|Monday, March 10
||Noun and adjective clauses
|Friday, March 7
||Appositive phrases, subordinate clauses, adverb clauses
|Wednesday, March 5
||Continue with verbals.
|Monday and Tuesday
|Friday, February 28
||Prepositional phrases, participles, and gerunds.
|Wednesday, February 26
||Complete DO/IO ws. Do PW/DO or PW
|Tuesday, February 25
|Monday, February 24
||Hellos, grade flash cards, flash card quiz, drills information. English Test Tuesday. Began DO/IO ws.
|Friday, February 21
||Take a picture showing improvement from test one to test two. Survey. Last look at web pages.
|Wednesday, February 19
||Some practice questions and then taking the last test.
|Tuesday, February 18
||Test strategies and plowing through another practice test.
|Monday, February 17
||Continue going over the practice test.
|Wednesday, February 13
||Go over test one question by question.
|Tuesday, February 11
||Active vs. passive voice verbs, Transitions.
|Monday, February 10
||Pronoun choices, Misplaced modifiers
|Friday, February 7
||Comma rules review. Pronoun choices ws.|
|Wednesday, February 5
|Tuesday, February 4
|Monday, February 3
||Parallelism, our friend.
|Friday, January 31
||Complete Wrong Stuff (run ons, comma splices, fragments) worksheets and do Essential v. nonessential phrases and clauses ws.
|Wednesday, January 29||All types of clauses. The Wrong Stuff worksheets: runons, comma splices, and fragments
|Tuesday, January 28
||Adjective and noun clauses and all types
|Monday, January 27
||Subordinate (dependent) clauses: adverb and adjective
|Friday, January 23
||Finish participles versus gerunds ws. and tackle appositive phrases. Nonessential vs. essential continues to be discussed.
|Wednesday, January 22
||Participles, gerunds, participles v. gerunds ws.
|Tuesday, January 21
||Complete adverb ws. Do prepositional phrase ws.|
|Friday, January 17
||Flash card quiz. Complete Adjective and adverbs ws.
|Wednesday, January 15
||Predicate words ws. Begin Adjective worksheet. Flash Card Quiz on Friday
|Tuesday, January 14
||Tour of web pages and Direct Object/Indirect Object ws. Flash Card Quiz on Friday
|Monday, January 13
||ACT Reading test to establish baseline.
|Friday, January 10
||ACT English test to find what we know on day two.
|Thursday, January 9
||Hellos, grade flash cards, flash card quiz.
|Friday, Decempber 20
||Picture, survey, last look at web pages
|Wednesday, December 18
||More practice and then taking English Test Two
|Monday, December 16
||More Practice Test One Fun and test-taking strategies
|Thursday, December 12
Active vs. Passive ws
Practice test one
|Wednesday, December 11
||Transitions and Pronoun choices
|Friday through Tuesday
|Wednesday, December 4
||Nonessential phrases and clauses (with comma instruction) then Parallelism
|Tuesday, December 3
||The Wrong Stuff worksheets (fragments, comma splices, run ons)
|Monday, December 2
||All subordinate clauses workheet. (Practiced essential and nonessential comma rules also)
|Tuesday, November 26
||Subordinate adjective and noun clauses
|Monday, November 25
|Friday, November 22
||Flash Cards quiz, more gerund vs. participle plus appositive work, and perhaps subordinate clauses.
|Wednesday, November 20
||Gerunds ws. and then Gerund or Participle? ws. Appositive phrase ws. perhaps more.
|Tuesday, November 19
||Participles and gerunds. Participial phrases can be essential or nonessential. Plus, they can look exactly like gerunds. We'll use the "it test" to tell the difference.
|Monday, November 18
||Adjective and adverb worksheets. The ACT tests you on when to use an adjective vs. and adverb.
|Friday, November 15
||Predicate words worksheet. Correct pronoun choices depend on a knowledge of subjects, direct and indirect objects, and predicate nominatives.|
|Thursday, November 14
||Tour of web pages. Direct object/Indirect object worksheets. Your flash card information pays off.
|Wednesday, November 13
||Reading Test #1.
35 minutes. Try your hardest! We need
to find out what you need to learn and what I need to teach. Also, be using your flash cards. I will give more Flash Card Quizzes so STUDY AND LEARN.
|Tuesday, November 12
Turn in flash cards for participation points
Flash cards quiz #1 for participation points
How to navigate tests on T drive
English test #1