Grammar, Novels, and Vocabulary….Oh My!

We have had a productive week in middle school.  We completed a unit on semicolons. We learned the five main rules of usage for semicolons.  We will review the rules on Tuesday and Wednesday, and each class will have a quiz on Thursday.

  • Use a semicolon when you combine two sentences without a conjunction                             example: Lily was sick; she missed school.
  • Use a semicolon between when combining two sentences with a conjunction IF THERE ARE ALREADY COMMAS USED                                                                                        example: Due to the storm, the streets were closed; so we had to make a detour.
  • Use a semicolon when using a conjunctive adverb with the semi-colon preceding it and the comma following it                                                                                                                  example: The weather is wonderful; in fact, it’s the best weather we’ve had in days.
  • Use a semicolon when separating phrases of equal rank and already contain commas        example: Her family consists of three teenagers including Jordan, tenth grade; Sam, ninth grade; and Joe, eighth grade.
  • Use a semicolon after quotation marks when following the rules listed above                       example: He was such a “klutz”; it made me crazy.

The sixth graders completed their first set of creative vocabulary activities.  They all did a fabulous job.  Maiah J completed  six songs for her words.  Here are a couple:

Temptations to the tune of “I have a little dreidel”:

I have so many temptations,

they make me want to do things

like eat the dogs food or drink the water

Oh temptations, temptation, temptations

there are so many

and when I get rid of them

then I will have none.

Emulate to the tune of “Shake it Off”

I want to be someone that is not me

that is who I want to be

mmmm  mmmm

I want to emulate this certain person

because they’re nice and cool and that is who I want to be

lala dada dee

Here are Jasmine’s acrostic poems:

acrostic jazzy


Here are Orli’s vocabulary illustrations:

orli voc

Seventh and eighth graders will be starting To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday.  Vocabulary and reflective questions have been posted on both the seventh and eighth grade blog pages.  Be sure to take a look at your assignments.  You must have your own copy of the novel in class on Tuesday.

On another note, I just wanted to mention how impressed I am with the quality of the the book commercials.  I have seen such a difference in your public speaking skills since the beginning of the year.  Below are some helpful reminders to help you prepare:

  • Choose a book that you love so it is easier to remember the plot and talk about it freely
  • Write a script to help guide you and then practice it several times so that you don’t really need it
  • Practice making eye contact with the audience and talking while using your hands
  • Use the RUBRIC as a guide so that you don’t forget important parts

REMEMBER to read 15 minutes each night.  You should have read a minimum of 13 books this year. We are at the half-way mark.

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