Class: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Class: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

A wet day today. It rains on and off, sometimes it rains and stops. It is warm, not cold like you would expect in November. I want cold weather to come and stay. I do not like warm days in the late autumn or winter.


Our story is from: People and Places. We started to read about George Washington Carver. He was a very famous American scientist. He was black man. He was born a slave during the Civil War. His mother was a slave. They lived on a farm that belonged to a farmer named Mr. Carver. The mother and baby were slaves, they belonged to Mr. Carver.


Night riders came to the Carver farm to steal the slaves. Night riders stole shares at night, took the slaves to Texas, and sold the slaves in Texas. The night riders stole the mother, but did not take the baby. The baby lived with the farmer and his wife. The Carvers did not have children. They took care of George and raised him like a son.


George Washington Carver was a sickly child. He was weak. He could not do hard work on the farm. He made his own garden on the farm with plants from the woods. He grew his plants better than anyone else in the area. They called him the “plant doctor”.

We will continue the story…


Simple Present Tense

Add –es 3rd person singular with:

  • verbs that end in z, x, s, ss, sh, ch and o.
  • verbs that end in y preceded by a consonant, change y to i and then add –es.

Negative Form

  • Add do not / don't or does not / doesn't before the base form of the verb.
  • Do not change the base verb form.

Question Form

Place do or does before the subject to create a question.


Class 21 Sept. 2015

September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Class 21 Sept. 2015

Beautiful, kind of hot, day. Clear blue sky with slight, occasional, breezes.


To Have

  1. Simple present
  2. Negative
  3. Question

Home work assigned to do exercises and vocabulary from ***** book.

3 chapters.



The students prepared information about the symbolism of their nation's flag. I pulled up an image of the flag while each student presented the info to the class. Very interesting!!!

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Mexico

Next Class

  1. Review homework
  2. Practice conversation
  3. I will present the US flag





jul1 Questions

July 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Present Questions:

1.) Question words
2.) Question form: qword +verb or verb first.

Ask answer questions.

8may class

May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

1) Form questions with Continuous: note the subject verb structure change
2) Also use To Do – note that Do is not always the verb of the answer.

Example – What are you doing?  I am walking home.

3) Introduce statements/Do as a verb:  I have a list somewhere (ESL Here:

The verb to do is used in a number of different ways in English. Here are the main uses of the verb to do for reference, self-study and in-class use. To do can be used as an auxiliary verb, a verb to speak about action in general, as well as combining with many nouns to express taking care of various tasks.


To Do – Main Verb

To do is used as a principal verb in many set phrases used with the various tasks we do around the house and at work. To do is generally used to express tasks we do, rather than things we make. Of course, there are some exceptions to the rules. Here are some of the main set phrases about tasks we do:

do good
do the dishes
do sport
do exercise
do business
do homework
do yard work


I’ll do the dishes if you make dinner.
Sheila tries to do sport at least three times a week.
He’s done that exercise a number of times.

NOTE: To do exercise is used with a number of different types of exercise. Generally, we use ‘play’ with competitive sports, ‘go’ with activities such as walking, riding, and hiking. ‘Do’ is used with exercises such as yoga, karate, etc.


Jennifer did yoga for two hours this morning.
I try to do some exercises like sit-ups and push-ups every morning.
James does pilates at his local gym.

To Do – Auxiliary Verb

To do is also used as an auxiliary verb in the simple tenses. Remember that the auxiliary verb takes the conjugation in English, so the verb to do will change depending on the tense. Remember that ‘to do’ is used as an auxiliary verb only in the question and negative form. Here is a quick review of the tenses that use to doas an auxiliary verb:

Present simple:


She doesn’t like tofu.
Do you enjoy rock ‘n roll?

Past Simple:


Mary didn’t visit her aunt last week.
Did they talk about the economy?

To Do – General Use Verb

To do is used as the main verb when asking general questions about what happens, is happening, is going to happen, etc.


What are you doing?
What will you do?
What have they done?
What do you do on Saturdays?

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