Homework assignments are listed in red. They are due at the beginning of class on the date they are listed. Tests are listed in green. Other assignments will be completed during class. While each class may not have a specific in-class activity listed, some work will be assigned and due during each class. You should check the schedule at least once a week, preferably before each class meeting, as new in-class assignments may be posted in response to the progress of other assignments.


Parts of Speech - Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, and Conjunctions

June 2

June 3

  • Complete Step One for Reflection Paper
  • Read Chapter 2 and do the following exercises. Do the first 5 of each exercise. (Of course you can do them all!) Also list questions about the concepts at the end of your work.
    • Noun exercises #1-4
    • Adjective exercises #2, #5
    • Pronoun exercises #2, #4, #6, #8, #9
  • Review Moodle site
  • Why is the study of grammar important? In Defense of Diagramming
  • Introduce "Usage" Activity
  • Choose four sentences from your Reflection Paper. Copy the sentences and dentify all the nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions in the sentences.

June 4

  • Read Chapter 2 and do the following exercises. Do the first 5 of each exercise. (Of course you can do them all!) Also list questions about the concepts at the end of your work.
    • Verb exercise #1
    • Adverb exercises #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
    • Conjunction exercise #1
    • Review Exercises #1 and #2 (do all)
  • Complete Practice Quiz: Parts of Speech (also in Moodle) and Practice Quiz #1 and bring answers to class.
  • Parts of Speech Additional Practice Exercises are available on the Moodle site as well as other resources if you'd like more practice.
  • More practice - The Writing Center: Hyper Grammar - Review of the Parts of Speech
  • Grammar Presentations for Chapter 2. Good examples of Grammar Presentations from computerlab.kids

June 5

  • Quiz #1
  • Written Discussion for Missed Test Items - For questions that you miss on the test you can turn in a discussion for each item and receive half credit (2.5 points) for each item. Discussion must include reason why you chose your original answer, explanation of how you now understand the correct answer, and source of how you now understand the correct answer. These will be due at the beginning of class on the following Monday after each test. Your discussion must be full and complete to receive any credit. The Writing Center is an excellent resource for help with this.

Basic Sentence Parts - Subjects, Objects and Complements

June 9

June 10

June 11

  • Complete Ex. 14 pg. 103, #1-15 and write down questions for class.
  • Complete Practice: Complements (also in Moodle) and Practice Quiz #2 (handout) and bring answers to class.
  • Grammar Presentations for Chapter 3
  • Don't forget the extra resources available in Moodle to help you study.

June 12

  • Quiz #2

Phrases - Noun Phrases, Prepositional Phrases and Appositive Phrases

June 16

  • Read pp. 144 (The Passive) - 147; do Ex. 12, p. 146, #s 1-10.
  • Parallel Structures - the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • For additional practice complete the Active/Passive and Parallel Structures worksheets in Moodle.
  • Grammar Girl

June 17

  • Read pp. 154-165 -- prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 2, p. 159, 1-5
    • Ex. 3, p. 160, 1-5
    • Ex. 4, p. 162, 1-5
    • Ex. 5, p. 163, 1-5
    • Ex. 6, p. 165, 1-5
  • Bunk Magazine "Grammar Film Festival"
  • Complete Step Three for Reflection Paper
  • In class, take one or two sections of your Reflection Papers and mark the noun/prepositional/appositive phrases. Also, find sentences that you can combine by using these phrase structures. Write at least 2 sentences for this part. Check for passive sentences that should be rewritten, and create 2 more sentences using parallel structure.

June 18

  • Read pp. 171-173 and complete Ex. 9, p. 172, 1-5 and Ex. 10, p. 173, 1-5
  • Complete Practice Quiz #3 (also available in Moodle) and Obama Speech Practice
  • Don't forget the extra resources available in Moodle to help you study.
  • Grammar Presentations for Chapter 4

June 19

  • Quiz #3

Verbal Phrases - Gerunds, Participles and Infinitives

June 23

  • Read pp. 176-183. Prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 12, 1-10
    • Ex. 13, 1-5
    • Ex. 14, 1-10--this is a diagramming exercise, but I just want you to find and underline the gerund phrases.
  • The Web of Language: Yo! A new gender-neutral pronoun

June 24

  • Read pp. 183 (Participials and Participial Phrases) -193. Prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 15, p. 186, 1-5
    • Ex. 16, p. 188, 1-5
    • Ex. 17, p. 191, 1-10 (Find the participial phrases and underline them).
    • Ex. 18, p192, 1-5
  • Complete Step Four for Reflection Paper.
  • In class, take one or two sections of your Reflection Papers and mark the gerund/infinitive/participial phrases. Also, find sentences that you can combine by using these phrase structures. Write at least 2 sentences for this part.

June 25

  • Read pp. 193-205. Prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 19, p. 194, 1-5
    • Ex. 20, p. 197, 1-5
    • Ex. 21, p. 200, 1-5
    • Ex. 22, p. 201, 1-5
    • Ex. 23, p. 203, 1-5
  • Complete Practice Quizzes #4 (also in Moodle), and use all of the extra practice that is available there for this section.
  • Grammar Presentations for Chapter 5

June 26

  • Quiz #4

Clauses - Noun, Adjective and Adverb

June 30

  • Read pp. 215-226. Then, prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 1, p. 218, 1-5
    • Ex. 3, p. 224, 1-5
    • Ex. 4, p. 229, underline the adjective clauses in #1-10
  • Complete Noun, Adjective, and Adverb Clauses worksheet.
  • The Web of Language: Happy Birthday Henry Fowler

July 1

  • Read pp. 245-250 -- prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 11, p. 247, 1-10
    • Ex. 12, p. 249, 1-10
    • Ex. 15, p. 254, 1-10
  • Extra Verbal Practice
  • Final Reflection Paper due

July 2

  • Bring your Reflection Papers to class for in class work
  • Read pp. 230-243 -- prepare the following exercises, check your answers, and write down your questions for class:
    • Ex. 5, p. 233, 1-5
    • Ex. 7, p. 236, 1-5
    • Ex. 9, p. 241, 1-20
    • Ex. 10, p. 244, underline the adverb clauses in #1-10
  • Complete Practice Quizzes #5 (also in Moodle), and use all of the extra practice that is available there for this section.
  • Grammar Presentations for Chapter 6 and Other
  • Don't forget the extra resources available in Moodle to help you study.

July 3

  • Quiz #5 (no written discussion option for this test)