We'll be completing several sentence modeling exercises.===
One of the best ways to grow as a writer is to imitate other writers. So, this nine weeks, we'll be learning from accomplished writers. If you find a sentence that you think would be a good one for our modeling exercises, email it to me.

For each sentence, copy the model sentence and the writer's tip into your writer's notebook. After you've created your own original sentence, you'll share it by adding it to the discussion forum. You'll receive daily grades for these sentences. To earn your points for the day, you must add your sentence within the first fifteen minutes of class.

Monday, Jan. 11

  • Writer's Tip-

    • Rule of Three: Use three successive elements (words, phrases, clauses) to create special emphasis. Share your sentence here.
    • Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. –Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, Jan. 13

  • Punctuation Rule:

    • Use a comma before coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS) that join two sentences. Two sentences (independent clauses) create a compound sentence.
    • Use a semicolon (;) in front and a comma after (,) conjunctive adverbs that join two sentences.
    • Model Sentences:
      • Tom apologized to his girlfriend, for he did not want her to remain angry.
      • The dark skies and distant thunder dissuaded Clarice from her afternoon run; moreover, she had thirty calculus problems to solve for her morning class.
  • Your Sentence:

    • Write a compound sentence that uses a coordinating conjunction or a conjunctive adverb and one of this week's vocabulary words.
    • Post your sentence HERE.

  • Finally, take the 5-Question Quiz, Coordinating Conjunctions, at QuizStar.

Friday, Jan. 15

  • Punctuation Rule:

  • Complex sentences consist of one independent clause + 2 or more dependent clauses. Dependent Clauses begin with Subordinating Conjunction or Relative Pronouns.
    • Review this online hand-out.
      • What are the subordinating conjunctions?
      • What are the relative pronouns?
      • When do you use a comma with subordinating clauses?
    • Model Sentences:
      • When you learn the basic rules for subordination and coordination, you'll improve your ACT test score.
      • Learning to punctuate correctly requires practice since it's now innate knowledge.
  • Your Sentence:

    • Write a complex sentence that uses a subordinating conjunction or relative pronoun and one of this week's vocabulary words.
    • Post your sentence HERE.

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Who versus Whom

  • Rule: Add to your Writer's Journal

    • Read Grammar Girl's explanation of whether to use whom or whom. If you prefer, you can grab a set of headphones and listen to her podcast at the first of the post.
    • Summarize the rule, writing it in your journal. Be sure to add her "quick and dirty" tip.
      • If you still don't get it, or want a short, quick explanation, check out Grammar Book's explanation.
  • Models:

    • Who drank my coffee?
    • I think we all know who is guilty!
    • On whom can I depend to tell me the truth?
  • Your Turn to Practice:

    • Now, quiz yourself with this 10-question QUIZ. If you miss a question, be sure to read the explanation so that you can understand why you missed it.
    • Take this 15-question practice QUIZ.
  • Email me your quiz results:
    • Tell me what you scored on each quiz.
    • Tell me if you finally get the great who/whom debate or if you're still a bit fuzzy.

Friday, Jan. 22: Review Subordination and Coordination

  • In your Writer's Notebook, review the punctuation rules for using coordinating conjunctions, subordinating con junctions, and conjunctive adverbs to join sentences.

  • Take 25-Question Quiz on Coordination

    • After you submit your answers, a results screen will show you your score and give explanations for any you missed. Be sure to review the ones you miss and try to understand why you missed them.
    • To send me your results, scroll to the bottom of the results page. Enter your name, checkmark the instructor box, and enter my email <bhscafe19[at]gmail[dot]com, and click "email results."
  • Take 25-Question Quizon Subordination

    • Repeat above steps to email me a screen shot of your results.

Tuesday, Jan. 26: More Reviewing Subordination and Coordination

Note: We're having a quiz on subordination, coordination, and who/whom next class period.

Thursday, Jan. 28: Exam on Reviewing Subordination and Coordination

Wednesday, Feb 10: Participial Phrases

  • Writer's Tip: Participial phrases FUNCTION as adjectives: they DESCRIBE.
    • Present Participles are VERBS that end in -ING.
    • Past Participles are VERBS that end in -ED or -EN.
  • Model Sentence:
    • The sun rose clear and bright, tinging the foamy crests of waves with a reddish purple. (Alexander Dumas, Count of Monte Cristo)
      • Present Participial phrase as a sentence closer
    • Using the model sentence above, write your own sentence that follows the same sentence pattern. Share it HERE.

Friday, Feb 12: More Participial Phrases

  • Model Sentence:

      • Present Participial phrase as a sentence opener
    • Using the model sentence above, write your own sentence that follows the same sentence pattern. Share it HERE.