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Pick one of the questions below to answer. Be sure to use note which question you’re answering; be sure to use complete sentences with details and examples. Word Strategies: When you encounter a word you don’t know, how do you determine its meaning (“Reading around the word” or “in context” isn’t enough). Please give an example from either our class novel or another book you’ve read. Sentence Revision: When you have to revise or reword a sentence to make sure it makes sense, what do you do? Commas: If you have to decide to add a comma to a sentence, how do you decide? (“It sounds right” is not enough.)
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 28, 2019 at 11:37 AM 19 Comments
Write two sentences using the FANBOYS (i, c i) rule. Please use two different conjunctions. You can write about your book, the weather, or the writing SOL (slated for March 7, multiple choice, and March 14, essay). Then, change your sentences to use a semicolon instead of the comma and FANBOYS conjunction. FANBOYS Example: 1. The writing SOL will give me a chance to show how much I’ve learned about writing, and I know I will rock it. 2. I worry about whether I will use semicolons correctly, so I’ll need to practice. Semicolon Rewrite: 1. The writing SOL will give me a chance to show how much I’ve learned about writing; I know I will rock it. 2. I worry about whether I will use semicolons correctly; I’ll need to practice.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 19, 2019 at 9:01 AM 13 Comments
Tell your colleagues something that stands out to you about the main character in your book. Use an introductory clause or a prepositional phrase at the start of at least one sentence. Use both singular and plural pronouns and antecedents. Remember: a pronoun refers back to a noun, or the pronoun’s antecedent. Pronouns and antecedents must agree in number and gender. Also, nouns like “team” take a singular pronoun. You must have at least two sentences and stay in one point of view. Example:  Before Asher was called to the stage, he was fidgeting.  He almost got chastised for squirming in his seat, but he settled down and watched his peers get called up to receive their assignments. Notice: all yellow pronouns refer to Asher (the antecedent); the blue pronoun “their” refers to its antecedent: peers.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 12, 2019 at 5:07 PM 5 Comments
Characters in our books often experience the same types of events that we do. Talk about the main character in The Giver, and make a connection to something in your life. Let’s talk about events (not character traits). In at least two complete sentences, be sure to show how you connect with this character. Example:  Jonas seems to overthink his life’s events; I do this a lot. In addition, Jonas and I both deeply consider words and their meanings before we apply them to our lives.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 01, 2019 at 4:06 PM 9 Comments
It’s awesome to get a day off of school for snow (or inclement weather), but how does that impact you? Are you stressed thinking about all there is to do? Or, are your teachers stressed which impacts your psyche in school? In at least three complete sentences, explain whether snow days bring stress (or not). NOTE: Students who do not include three complete sentences will earn a maximum grade of 60. Example:  Sleeping in makes me smile. I love to curl up on the couch with a good book. When I get back to school, Ms. O’Brien’s high level of stress just makes all that joy seep away. Snow days can cause stress.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 01, 2019 at 4:05 PM 12 Comments