World Lit: How can I phrase this…

Standard: ELAGSE9-10L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  1. Use parallel structure.*
  2. Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.

Learning Target: I can identify different types of phrases and use them in writing; I can revise writing to include phrases and parenthetical expressions.

Opening Session: Mental Floss – 38 Common Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

Work Session:

Welcome back to Monday, everyone! I know you’re SUPER EXCITED for today because it’s….GRAMMAR! Whoo! Okay, okay, I know, grammar isn’t your favorite, but this is important, and it WILL make us stronger writers. SO flip in your text to page 18, activity 1.4, and let’s learn about phrases!

After we go through activity 1.4 together, I am going to hand back out your constructed responses from Friday, along with some highlighters. I want you to go through your own writing and highlight where you have used at least 5 phrases. Then, trade with a buddy and have them identify the types of phrases you highlighted. Finally, trade back, and go through your writing with an editor’s eye. See if there are any places where you could have included, modified, or moved phrases around to strengthen your writing and show more of your individual voice.

Closing Session: To close out the day, I’m going to give you guys your first Vocabulary List! You can use the remaining time in class to look up the definitions of these words (hint: they’re in your text) and on Friday, we will have a vocab quiz, so get ready!!

  1. Indignity
  2. Reproach
  3. Listlessly
  4. Bellows
  5. Mesmerizing
  6. Trills
  7. Arpeggio
  8. Reverie
  9. Fiasco
  10. Nonchalantly

Differentiation: Process (differentiated vocabulary list as needed)

Assessment: Informal – check of students’ work with phrases.

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