Class | 28jan, 2015

January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fantastic, warm, sunny, day!  G and I are working on some grammar review and then reading with exercises.  If we have time I hope to do some writing too.  We have to work from our phones – the Internet is not working at LW.

We need to do more practice on identifying subject/verb.  Especially subject.


Parts of the sentence, Subject/Verb

(Stolen lesson via Daily Grammar Lessons)

A simple sentence is a group of words expressing a complete thought, and it must have a subject and a verb (predicate – some grammar books use the word predicate, but I will use verb).
A verb shows action or state of being.
Examples: The bell rang.The boy is here.
The subject tells who or what about the verb. Examples: The bell rang. The boy is here.
There are four (4) kinds of sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory.
G was already familiar with this.
1. A declarative sentence makes a statement. Example: The assignment is due tomorrow.
2. An imperative sentence gives a command or makes a request. Examples: Hand it in now. Stop.
3. An interrogative sentence asks a question. Example: Do you know the man?
4. An exclamatory sentence shows strong feeling. Declarative, imperative, or interrogative sentences can be made into exclamatory sentences by punctuating them with an exclamation point. Examples: The assignment is due tomorrow! Stop! Do you know the man!
When finding the subject and the verb in a sentence, always find the verb first and then say who or what followed by the verb. Example: The bell rang. Find the verb –rang. Now say who or what rang? The bell rang. Bell is the subject.
Instructions: Find the subject and verb in the following sentences.  I did more of these with To Be and longer sentences.
1. Karen went to the mall.
2. Carl didn’t help his dad.
3. Mom cooks breakfast every morning.
4. I want a new bike for Christmas.
5. Ann has had a new baby girl.
1. Karen – subject, went – verb
2. Carl – subject, did help – verb (verb phrase using a helping verb did)
3. Mom – subject, cooks – verb
4. I – subject, want – verb
5. Ann – subject, has had – verb (verb phrase using a helping verb has)
These verbs are all action verbs.

Computer Lab

We will read and write today

Vocabulary for story:  we will conjugate the verbs.


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21jan 2015 Class

January 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today we were 3. G and Y.  The troopers!  We went too slowly today.

Chatted Y about Honduras: it’s 99-100° and humid, it rains every day 2:00-3:30.  And about her family.

The Paragraph

It is cold, gray and wet outside.  It is raining too.  The rain is not heavy, it is very light.  The rain falls like mist, because the raindrops are tiny.  They float in the air.  It feels like you are standing in the clouds.  In January, the weather is usually cold and wet. It is not always cold, everyday is different.

They write the P as is.  I check for errors.  Y did very well, only errors with commas.  G was crazy, missing segment and spelling.

  • Review for vocab
  • Read aloud, each student.
  • Comprehension
  • Review define of nouns, verbs, adjectives
  • (Noted opposites: wet/dry, cold/hot, etc. to clarify adjectives)
  • Identify the nouns, verbs, and adjectives sentence by sentence – pronouns are nouns.
  • Weather chat – comparing different weather, time of year
Next class – conjugate verbs: fall, feel, stand

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January 7, 2015 in class

January 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today was bright, sunny and with cold winds blowing.  There was only G today.   


G loves to read, so we indulged.  She read 2 articles from Voice of America | Learning English that I posted.

I had her write something about each article in her notebook.
Next class we will review her writing.  Then she will put it online in the forum section – on Our ESL Forum.

I will create quizzes from the articles – for comprehension.

New Website

There is a new site I created for reading and writing.  Our ESL Forum

I post articles, issues and photos to generate topics.  I would like to bring English literacy more into focus in my classroom, regularly – with portability, structure, and a place for organizing it.  That means website.  It would be great if we could engage in briefly written, online, debate on a topic.  By that time they will likely be ready to level up to ESL3.  Maybe?

With a website ready, I can be more consistent and organized to:

  • Present material – online and make prints.
  • Create quizzes, though there is a seperate site for that already: Practice Your English!
  • Track presentations – what did I already give them?
  • Track writing assignments and progress – they will write final versions online.
  • Give students access to class material, and they can explore for more.  Even outside of class.  Once they’ve finished online, they immediately start searching for more.  Excellent!
  • Get in more computer, writing, and keyboard skills.

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