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    Spring Evening 2009
 

 

Final Exam Week: May 11 - 14

 

 

 

The final exam will be on Monday, May 11, starting at 7:15 pm.  There is no class meeting on Wednesday, May 13.  You will finish the class on May 11.

On the final, you will need to:

1.  Write a paragraph about a past event.

2.  Write a paragraph about your future plans.

3.  Write some sentences using a list of words (similar to the exercise on page 150 in your textbook).

Have fun preparing!
 

 

Week 16

Mon. 5/4 - Wed. 5/6

 

 

 

In class on Monday, May 4,  students will
1. Share their paragraphs predicting the future of a place.
2. Review article usage (a, an, the).  Click here for Doraine's Powerpoint.
3. Continue Unit 6 - writing complex sentences
 

Week 15

Mon. 4/27 - Wed. 4/29

 

 

 

 

In class on Wednesday, April 29, students will
1.  Practice writing complex sentences.
2.  Discuss article usage (a, an, the).  Click here for Doraine's Powerpoint.

For homework due Monday, May 4:
1.  Write a paragraph to describe what you think will happen for a specific city, country, or the world in general in the future.  Be creative!
2.  Complete the handout to review future tenses.

In class on Monday, April 27, students will:
1.  Take the test on Chapters 5 and 6. 
Click here to download the study guide if you were absent Wednesday evening and didn't get it..

Week 14

Mon. 4/20 - Wed. 4/22

 

 

 

 

In class this week, students will
1.  Practice writing sentences in the future.
2.  Learn about and practice writing complex sentences (adverbial clauses using time expressions and the subordinating conjunction because)

For homework due Wednesday, April 22:
1.  Write a paragraph to describe your plans for this weekend, this summer, your next vacation, or any other future event (pick just one topic to write about).   Click here to download it if you were absent Monday evening.

For homework due Monday, April 27:
1.  Study for your test on Chapters 5 and 6. 
Click here to download the study guide if you were absent Wednesday evening.

Week 13

Mon. 4/13 - Wed. 4/15

In class this week, students will
1.  Practice compound sentences using the conjunction so.
2.  Use adverbs in sentences
3.  Practice writing in the past and future tenses.

For homework due Monday, April 20:
1.  Complete
the handout on adverbs. Click here to download it if you were absent Wednesday evening.

Week 12

Mon. 4/6 - Wed. 4/8

In class this week, students will
1.  Practice writing simple and compound sentences using coordinating conjunctions and the past tense.

For homework due Wednesday, April 6:
1.  Complete Activity 13 on pages 108-109 in the textbook.

Extra Practice & Review:


Click on the links below the pictures to the right to go to a list of web exercises for extra practice.


Writing


Grammar

 


Listening

Week 11

Mon. 3/30 - Wed. 4/1

In class on Monday, students will
1.  Continue with Unit 4 - writing in the past tense

For homework due Wednesday, April 1:
1
Write a final draft of Composition #4 - Describing a Person from the Past
2.  Study for the Chapter 4 test - click here for the study guide if you were absent and didn't get it.
3.  If you'd like to review the Powerpoint presentation Doraine gave Monday night, click here.

In class on Wednesday, students will take the Test on Chapter 4

Week 10

Wed. 3/25

In class, students will
1.  Continue with Unit 4 - writing in the past tense

For homework due Monday, March 30:
1
Write your first draft of Composition #5 - Describing a Bad Day from the Past
2.  Complete the Unit 4 past tense practice handout.

Mon. 3/23

Welcome back from Spring Break!

In class, students will
1.  Review their Test 2 results and get progress reports.
2.  Start Unit 4 - Writing about the Past

For homework due Wednesday, March 25:
1
Write your first draft of Composition #4 - Describing a Person from the Past

Week 8

Wed. 3/11

In class, students will:
Take Test 2 on Units 2-3

For homework due Monday, March 23:

1.  Please complete the Units 2-3 Great Sentences for Great Paragraphs handout.

Mon. 3/9

In class on Mon. 3/9, students will:
1.  Check the homework on pages 77-8 and 83-4.
2.  Write a paragraph about other students in the class to practice descriptive adjectives, subject-verb agreement, and compound sentences.

 

For homework due Wednesday, 3/11, students will:

1.  Study for Test 2 on Chapters 2 and 3 (pages 38-84).  Click to download the study guide and handout if you were absent from class on Monday and didn't get them then.
2.  Write your final draft of Composition #3 - Describing a Room

Week 7

Wed. 3/5

In class on Wed. 3/5, students will:
1.  Check the homework on pages 70-74.
2.  Review use of "there" and subject-verb agreement by doing Activity 6 on page 75
3.  Discuss negative verb forms in the simple present tense and do Activity 7 on page 79.
4.  Discuss simple and compound sentences on pages 82-83
For homework due Monday, 3/9
, students will complete:
1.  Activity 8 page 77
2.  Activity 9 pages 77-78
3.  Activity 15 pages 83-84

Important Note:  The syllabus says there is a test on Monday, but the test will be on Wednesday, 3/11, instead.  Please start preparing by reviewing all the activities in Unit 2 and the activities we have done in Unit 3 up to now.

Mon. 3/3

In class on Mon. 3/3, students will:
1.  Review subject pronouns & possessive adjectives by doing Activity 11 on p. 57
2.  Review unity in supporting sentences by checking homework Activity 12 on pp. 57-8
3.  Review fragments & complete sentences by doing Activity 13 on p. 59 and Activity 16 on p. 62

4.  Check homework on page 69.

5.  Share 1st drafts of Room Description Paragraphs with classmates. 

For homework due Wednesday, 3/5, students will complete:
1.  Activity 2 page 70

2.  Activity 4 page 72

2.  Activity 5 page 74

Week 6

Wed. 2/25

In class, students will:
1.  Check pages 50-51 & 54-55.
2.  Discuss pronouns on page 52 and possessive adjectives on pages 56-57.

3.  Discuss concluding paragraphs on pages 60-62

4.  Start Unit 3. 
Important Note:  The Unit 2 Test that was originally schedule for Wednesday, 2/25, has been changed.  It will be combined with the Unit 3 Test.


For homework due Monday, 3/2, students will:
1.  Write a second (final) draft of Composition #2 - Describing a Person.  Staple it on top of your 1st draft (the draft with the green editing/correction marks) and give it to the instructor on Monday, 3/2.
2.  Write a first draft of Composition #3 - Describing a Room.

3.  In the textbook, please complete Activity 16 on page 62 and Activity 1 on page 69.

4.  Finish the Unit 2 handouts.
5.  For optional, extra practice, you can do the exercises at the companion website to our textbook to review Units 1 & 2:  Companion Student Website for Great Sentences for Great Paragraphs

Mon. 2/23

In class, students will:
1. Check pages 40-41.
2.  Discuss Topic Sentences on pages 42-45 and 49-50


For homework due Wednesday, 2/25, students will:

1.  In the textbook, please complete Activity 7 on pages 50-51and Activity 9 on pages 54-55.

2.  Start the Unit 2 handouts (due next Monday, 3/2).
3.  For optional, extra practice, you can:

a.  Complete the web exercise "Adjective Order, Capitalization, and Periods in a Paragraph" at http://www.quia.com/cz/72209.html .
b.  Read the information about commas with adjectives, then click on the Exercise link below the rules at  http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/writing/comma?06 .
c.  Complete the web exercise on Sentences and Fragments at http://www.quia.com/pop/13224.html .

d.  Read information and complete the quiz questions about Paired Adjectives at ESL022/Paired Adjectives.htm
e.  Complete the web exercise on Adjective Order at http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/adjorder.html .

Week 5

Wed. 2/18

In class, students will:

1. Discuss using adjectives to make sentences more descriptive.

 

For homework due Monday, 2/23, students will:

1.  Write a first draft of their Composition #2 - Describing a Person

Mon. 2/16

There is no class on Monday, February 16.  The college is closed in celebration of the President's Day holiday.  See you on Wednesday, Feb. 18 as usual!

Week 4

Wed. 2/11

In class, students will:

1.  Take Test 1 on Unit 1. 

Click here for the study guide if you were absent and didn't get it in class on Monday, 2/9. 

The test will be on information from pages 2-29 in the textbook.

 

Mon. 2/9

In class, students will:

1.  Review There + Be on pages 19-23.

2.  Discuss titles on pages 25-26.

3.  Review fragments and complete sentences on pages 28-29.

4.  Rewrite the drafts of "A Place I Want to Visit".

For homework due Wednesday, 2/11, students will:

1. Study for the Chapter 1 test.   Click here for the study guide.  The test will be on information from pages 2-29 in the textbook.

 

Week 3

Wed. 2/4

In class, students will:

1.  Discuss the simple present (am, is, are) and simple past (was, were) forms of the verb Be.

2.  Discuss the use of There + Be + adjective, noun, place.

3.  Write a group paragraph to describe a picture to practice using the There + Be form.

For homework due Monday, 2/9, students will:

1.  In the textbook, complete Activity 14 on page 20, Activity 16 on page 21, and Activity 21 on page 29.

 

2.  Read the information Writer's Note: The Title of a Paragraph on the bottom of page 25 and top of page 26.

 

Important Note:  The syllabus says there is a test on Monday, 2/9.  Don't worry!  The test will be on Wednesday, 2/11, not Monday.  The test will be on information from pages 2-29 in the textbook. The instructors will give you examples in class on Monday about the types of questions on Wednesday's test.

 

Mon. 2/2

In class, students will:

1.  Review prepositions in, at, & on by doing Activity 7 on page 10.
2.  Review statement and question sentence punctuation by doing Activity 8 on page 11.

3.  Review capitalization, correct word order and complete sentence structures by checking Activity 13 on page 18 and then Activities 9 & 10 on pages 12-14.

4.  Share 1st drafts of "A Place I Want to Visit" paragraphs with classmates, do peer editing, and begin writing the 2nd draft.

For homework due Wednesday, 2/4, students will:

1.  In the textbook, do Activity 24 on pages 31-33.
2.  On a separate piece of paper, complete the Final Draft of your paragraph about a place you would like to visit.  Click here for directions if you were absent from class on Wed. 1/28  and did not get the handout.  You will give this paragraph to the instructors stapled on top of the 1st draft and peer editing paper to earn points towards your final grade.

 

Week 2
Wed
. 1/28

In class, students will:

1.  Continue Unit 1 of the textbook - prepositions in, at, & on and writing complete sentences pages 9-18.

For homework due Monday, 2/2, students will:

1.  In the textbook, do Activity 11 on pages 14-15 and Activity 13 on page 18.
2.  On a separate piece of paper, write a paragraph about a place you would like to visit.  Click here for directions if you were absent from class on Wed. 1/28  and did not get the handout.

 

Mon. 1/26

In class, students will:

1.  Start Unit 1 of the textbook - Understanding Sentence Basics pages 1-8.

For homework, students will:

1.  In the textbook, finish Activity 6 on pages 8-9.

2.  Do Activity 9 on pages 12-13 and Activity 10 on pages 13-14.

Week 1

Wed. 1/21

In class, students will:

1.  Discuss information on the course syllabus.

2.  Get to know each other by brainstorming, writing, and asking questions.

3.  Produce a writing sample (autobiography) in class.

For homework, students will:

1.  Buy the textbook "Great Sentences for Great Paragraphs"

 

Course Textbook - Great Sentences for Great Paragraphs by Keith S. Folse, April Muchmore-Vokoun, and Elene Vestri Solomon

Click here to download Course Syllabus

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Your Instructor:  Diane Stonebrink

Office Location: Estrella Hall, 126E (in the Information Commons)

Telephone: 623-935-8584

Email: diane.stonebrink@estrellamountain.edu
For this course you have two instructors!

Your Instructor:  Doraine Jacob

Email: dorainejacob@gmail.com

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