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.

Directions

For each sentence,
  • Copy the Rule/Tip and model sentence into your Writer's Notebook.
  • Complete the activity as directed.
  • To earn your five (5) points for the day, you must finish within the first ten minutes of class.
  • Punctuation Matters! Be careful to use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Proofread before posting!

Monday, Jan. 11/Tuesday, Jan. 12

  • Writer's Tip-

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

Share your sentence here.



Wednesday, Jan. 13/Thursday, Jan. 14

  • Punctuation Rule:

    • Use a comma before coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS) that join two sentences. Two sentences (independent clauses) create a compound sentence.
    • Model Sentence: Tom apologized to his girlfriend, for he did not want her to remain angry.
  • Your Sentence:

    • Write a compound sentence that uses a coordinating conjunction 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/Tuesday, Jan. 19

  • 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.

  • Take a 10-Question Quiz on subordinating conjunctions at QuizStar.


Wednesday, January 20/Thursday, January 21

Joining sentences with Subjunctive Adverbs

  • Rule (Add to your writer's notebook.):

    • Use a semicolon (;) in front and a comma after (,) conjunctive adverbs that join two sentences.
    • Check out the link to see a list of conjunctive adverbs. Add them to your writer's notebook.
    • Model Sentences: 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 conjunctive adverb and one of this week's vocabulary words.
    • Post your sentence HERE.


Friday, Jan. 22/Monday, Jan. 25: 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/Wednesday, Jan. 27: More Reviewing Subordination and Coordination

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




Thursday, Jan. 28/Tuesday, Feb.2: Exam on Reviewing Subordination and Coordination



Participial Phrases

B-Day: Thursday, Feb. 11

A-Day: Friday, Feb. 12:


  • Writer's Tip:
    • VERBS, functioning as adjectives, that launch ACTION-PACKED sentences that provide description--showing details.
    • ALWAYS use commas to set them apart from sentence.
      • Present Participles are VERBS that end in -ING.
      • Past Participles are VERBS that end in -ED or -EN (usually).
  • 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.
      • Example: Sally danced spastic and awkward, sputtering across the dance floor with insane gyrations.


Thursday, Feb 4: 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.