April Volume 71 Number 7 Writing: When George Lucas was making Star Wars, his special effects team was at a loss as to how to film realistic-looking dogfight scenes.
The Verb Recognize a verb when you see one. Verbs are a necessary component of all sentences. Verbs have two important functions: Some verbs put stalled subjects into motion while other verbs help to clarify the subjects in meaningful ways.
Look at the examples below: My grumpy old English teacher smiled at the plate of cold meatloaf. The daredevil cockroach splashed into Sara's soup.
Theo's overworked computer exploded in a spray of sparks. The curious toddler popped a grasshopper into her mouth. The important thing to remember is that every subject in a sentence must have a verb. Otherwise, you will have written a fragmenta major writing error.
Consider word function when you are looking for a verb. Many words in English have more than one function. Sometimes a word is a nounsometimes a verb, sometimes a modifier. As a result, you must often analyze the job a word is doing in the sentence. Look at these two examples: Potato chips crunch too loudly to eat during an exam.
The crunch of the potato chips drew the angry glance of Professor Orsini to our corner of the room. Crunch is something that we can do. We can crunch cockroaches under our shoes. We can crunch popcorn during a movie. We can crunch numbers for a math class.
In the first sentence, then, crunch is what the potato chips do, so we can call it a verb. Even though crunch is often a verb, it can also be a noun. The crunch of the potato chips, for example, is a thing, a sound that we can hear.
You therefore need to analyze the function that a word provides in a sentence before you determine what grammatical name to give that word.Opinion Writing: Building Skills Through Discussion, Reading, and Writing 2 Overview From Teacher to Teacher In Results Now, Schmoker says, “Reading, writing, and discussion—these three—are the foundation for a well-equipped mind: the key to equity, access, and economic opportunity.“.
Ten Great Activities: Teaching With the Newspaper Ten terrific classroom activities that use the newspaper to teach all sorts of valuable skills -- including reading and writing for meaning, map reading, media literacy, sequencing, word meaning, and math.
Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers. Here is a simple art idea, focusing on shape and colour choice. Print off some simple drawings for students to choose from.
I find that animal outlines work the best but you could also use pictures of transport, fruit, people, maps of countries (map of Australia turns out well), or other simple outlines.
Tim's Free English Lesson Plans. Use them, share them, comment on them, and share my link in return. This lesson plan helps high school students take a closer look at prejudices, the biases that media contain and perpetuate (such as in what they do and don’t report on, or how particular genders or ethnicities are portrayed), and .