Learning proper grammar, punctuation, and word usage isn’t the most exciting way to spend one’s time, but it’s an essential component of a well-rounded early education. Proper writing style is useful in every subject, for every topic, and at all times. Whether students grow up to be physicians, soldiers, scientists, chefs, artists, or stay-at-home parents, it is worthwhile to learn the basic skills necessary to write complete, concise sentences. We may not master the English language over the course of this class, but we shall give it our best effort.
Since we meet only once a week, I’m happy to be available on other days via email or phone. If you have questions about homework or have concerns about something else, please contact me as necessary. I teach three other classes at TC, so I’m also available to meet in person most Thursdays if you let me know ahead of time.
Phone: (423) 503-7971
We will begin the semester with the bare bones of grammar – what are nouns? What are verbs? What’s a modifier? It is likely that some students have already mastered these concepts, though it is also likely that some students will be introduced to parts of speech for the first time. Therefore, I expect students to be patient during lessons in which they are already familiar and attentive when something new is introduced.
I also expect students to take notes during class, to be respectful when I am talking, and to complete all assigned homework on time.
I will post a class update every Friday by noon so parents and absent students know what we covered on Thursday and what’s expected for homework the next week. Students are welcome to access the page independently with parents’ permission.
No cell phones or other devices are needed in class, so please keep those items tucked away in backpacks to avoid distraction. Thank you!
August 16: Today we started with introductions and jumped right into the first lesson on the four types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative). We also covered subjects and predicates, what denotes a fragment, and the differences between a simple, complex, and compound sentence. (Ask your student to show you his/her notes!)
In the remaining minutes of class, we worked on Plexers, or perplexing rebuses, which everyone seemed to enjoy. It’s a great exercise in logic and creativity. (This is my attempt to make grammar class a little entertaining.) A few of the students seemed excited to quiz parents and family members tonight, so get ready!
Homework for August 23:
1.) Define and study vocabulary words (apprehensive, conspicuous, momentum, precipice, kindle)
2.) Print and complete worksheet packet.