Grade 10 English Practicing English Language Conventions: Subject/Verb Agreement Punctuation Parallel Structure Capitalization By: Carmelina Sears EDTECH 521 Sarah Ault
Welcome! 1. The Goal of this Lesson For the next two weeks, we will concentrate on becoming better writers. Before we can become better writers, we must be able to recognize and correctly use grammar and mechanics of writing. To get you started on this, we will focus on a review of the English Language Conventions of: • Subject/Verb Agreement, • Punctuation, • Parallel Structure, • and Capitalization. You will view PowerPoint tutorials for each convention, and then choose to “specialize” in one convention. You will design an instructional design poster using PowerPoint or Photoshop.
2. Learning Objectives: In this unit lesson, you will: • practice and learn the grammar conventions of • Subject/Verb Agreement, • Parallel Structure, • Punctuation, and • Capitalization by viewing a PowerPoint tutorial;
2. be asked to choose (1st come, 1st serve) an area of “specialization” and then to create an electronic poster using either PowerPoint or Photoshop synthesizing your understanding of the chosen convention; 3. critique each other’s poster drafts, offer advice for improvement; 4. and create and submit a final poster for grading.
3. Assigned resources a. For the PowerPoint handouts and tutorials: Http://chompchomp.com/presentations.htm • For help with PowerPoint http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line_powerpoint.htm c. How to Create a Poster in PowerPoint http://webspace.ship.edu/idds/manuals/powerpoint/posters/PPT_Poster.pdf d. How to use SnagIt! http://www.techsmith.com/learn/default.asp
4. Step-By-Step Activities: Let’s get started. • 1. Choose one of the four conventions to “specialize” in. • 2. Find out more information about your area of specialization by viewing one of these Internet resources: • http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/ • http://englishplus.com/grammar/
3. Using PowerPoint or Photoshop create an instructional poster which synthesizes the main concepts of your specialization area. Be sure to include images which enhance the educational value of your poster. You can use SnagIt! to help you create your images. For help in creating a poster in PowerPoint visit: • http://webspace.ship.edu/idds/manuals/powerpoint/posters/PPT_Poster.pdf 4. When you have completed the poster, fill-out the self-assessment survey using Microsoft Word.
Next Steps 5. Post a link to your poster and your self-assessment survey in the discussion area. Be sure you title the subject as "YourlastnamePoster". 6. Please offer commentary on four of the posters others have completed in the discussion area. Once you have revised your drafts, complete step 7. 7. Post your final product to the discussion area entitled, “Final Poster”.
6. Self-Assessment Quiz Take the following survey quiz to see how much you’ve learned about the grammar conventions of: • Subject/Verb Agreement • Punctuation • Parallel Structure • Capitalization
1. The slimy smelly lettuce on my burrito made me ask the manager to return my 99 cents. A) A. Should you add a comma after slimy? B) B. Or should you add a comma after burrito?
2. Not only the attorneys but also the judge rolled their eyes in disbelief when Larry claimed that Fluff-Ball, the family poodle, ordered him to rob a bank. A) his or her B) her C) its D) No change is necessary
3. One hundred and fifty gallons __________ the amount of liquid the average living room rug can absorb. Rachel discovered this fact after taking a long shower when the curtain wasn't tucked inside the tub. A) is B) are C) was D) were
4. Every cereal bowl and casserole dish _________ slipped out of Sheila’s soapy hands and shattered on the hard tile of the kitchen floor. Sheila really needs to buy a dishwasher. A) has B) have C) will have D) had
5. Which sentence has NO error in capitalization? A) The republican party was known as the antislavery party at the time of the civl war. B) The Republican party was known as the antislavery party at the time of the civil War. C) The Republican Party was known as the antislavery party at the time of the Civil War.
6.Which sentence uses the semi-colon correctly? A) It may rain; tomorrow however, we will go on a picnic anyway. B) It may rain tomorrow; however, we will go on a picnic anyway. C) It may rain tomorrow however; we will go on a picnic anyway.
7.Which sentence correctly uses parallel structure? A) To be comfortable at the campsite, they not only wanted to light a decent fire for cooking but also needed to have access to an electrical hookup. B) Comfortable at the campsite, they wanted light from a decent fire for cooking but also access was needed to an electrical hookup. C) To be comfortable at the campsite, they wanted not only to light a decent fire for cooking but also needed access to have an electrical hookup.
Check List Be sure to check over the following list to be sure you completed all the tasks: ____ 1. Created an instructional poster using PowerPoint or Photoshop = 20 pts. ____ 2. Submitted the 1st draft for peer review = 10 pts. ____ 3. Critiqued four (4) drafts from classmates and offered advice = 20 pts. ____ 4. Submitted my Final Poster to the teacher = 30 pts. ____ 5. Submitted my completed Self-Reflection Quiz along with Poster = 20 pts. Total Points Possible = 100
Self-Reflection Quiz: • Please answer the following reflection questions to turn in along with your final product (you should complete the questions in paragraph form using Word.) • I chose the convention of ___________. I learned … (complete the sentence) • From the posters of others, I learned that the definition of the convention of _________ (choose one you did not do) is… • Please reflect on this project as a whole. Include items such as: what you learned about both the convention and the use of technology.
7. CA Standards being met: Grammar and Mechanics of Writing1.1 Identify and correctly use clauses (e.g., main and subordinate), phrases (e.g., gerund, infinitive, and participial), and mechanics of punctuation (e.g., semicolons, colons, ellipses, hyphens).1.2 Understand sentence construction (e.g., parallel structure, subordination, proper placement of modifiers) and proper English usage (e.g., consistency of verb tenses).
As with all lessons, be sure to follow the rule of Netiquette we explored in our last lesson. See the PowerPoint for a reminder: Netiquette Rules Parents, I would like to encourage you to follow these guidelines for Parental Controls options on your computer. Parental Control