This week we worked on 4 topics:
We continued working in our new books this week. We covered the Unit 2. We learned about ‘want to’, ‘need to’ and the future with ‘will. We talked more about goals and how these connect to the verbs we studied.
We finishedThe Wizard of Oz to practice speaking, listening and writing. The Scarecrow gets a diploma to show he has a brain, the Tinman gets a ticking heart to symbolize his own heart, the Cowardly Lion gets a medal to honor his courage, and Dorothy gets to go home. The characters in the movie all find that they had what they were looking for all along. Dorothy says, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!”
I pointed out to you that often students tell me that they don’t speak English. They tell me that they don’t speak English while they use English to tell me. Please remember that you have everything it takes to learn a language and keep working to get even better.
We also learned that stress shuts your brain down. I showed you a picture of an article from the Scientific American magazine. Here is a link to a short description of that article. I coudn’t find the picture we used in class. Remember to relax to learn more!
A Writing Focus
For this part of the class, we divide into three groups. One group studied how to make sentences, while the second group reviewed how to write paragraphs. The second group is using the Great Paragraphs textbook. A third group started to student how to make questions this week.
Remember to study those editing clues. Here are the more for example:
WW = wrong word; example = The country has many religious. Correction = The country has many religions.
Prep = preposition; example = I go shopping in Safeway. Correction = I go shopping at Safeway.
It is important that everyone in both groups knows and understands the correction clues so each person can make corrections in his or her own work. Teachers now know something interesting. When students correct their own mistakes, they learn faster and become better writers.
Finally, we studied these words. Then we took a test. Many of you did very well with Pam as your teacher since I went to a workshop at Tacoma Community College. I’m sorry I made a mistake on the test! I’ll check your sentences and give them back to you after the break.
an hourglass, to crash, to drop the price, a monitor, a bulletin board, to rescue, achievable, comprehension
Comment on this post. Tell me what you learned before spring break. Then tell me where you went and who you saw over the spring break! Was it fun?