viernes, 2 de julio de 2010


Ciclo escolar: 2009 – 2010

Maestras: Claudia Torres y Claudia Rivera.

UNIT 1: The Sentence and Its Parts.

I-. Complete subjects and Predicates.
2-. Simple Subject.
3-. Simple predicates, or verbs.
4-. Verb Phrases.
5-. Compound sentence parts
6-. Kinds of sentences.
7-. Complements: Subject complements.
8-. Complements: Objects of Verbs

UNIT 2: Nouns

1-. Kinds of Nouns.
2-. Singular and Plural Nouns.
3-. Possessive Nouns.
4-. Compound nouns.

UNIT 3: Pronouns

1-. What is a pronoun?
2-. Subject pronouns.
3-. Object pronouns
4-. Possessive Pronouns
5-. Reflexive and intensive pronouns
6-. Interrogatives and demonstratives
7-. Pronoun Agreement.
8-. Indefinite – pronoun agreement.

UNIT 4: Verbs

1-. What is a verb?
2-. Linking verbs and predicate words.
3-. Irregular verbs
4-. Simple tenses
5-. Using verb tense
6-. Troublesome verb pairs.

UNIT 5: Adjectives and adverbs.

1-. What is an adjective.
2-. Predicates adjectives.
3-.What is an adverb?
4-. Adjective or adverb?
5-. Avoiding double negatives.

Unit 6: Preposition:

1-. What is a preposition?
2-.Using prepositional phrases.

Unit 9: Subject – Subject - verb agreement.

1-. Agreement in number.
2-. Compound subjects.
3-. Agreement Problems in Sentences
4-. Indefinite Pronouns as Subjects.
5-. Problem Subjects

Unit 10: Capitalization:

1-. People and cultures.
2-. First Words and Titles.

Unit 11: Punctuation:

1-. Commas in sentences
2-. Commas: Dates, addresses, and letters.
3-. Semicolons and Colons.
4-. Hyphens, Dashes, and Parentheses.
5-. Apostrophes.

sábado, 5 de junio de 2010


It is very important that you answer the study guide. You must print it and bring it to the english class by Tuesday , June 15th.

In each sentence, underline both subject and the verb. If the verb agreees with the subject, write correct on the f it does not agree , write the correct verb in the line.

- Carl sing in a church choir. _______________
- The captain stand at the wheel ship. _______________
- Marsha and Kelley sit together in the cafeteria _______________
- Whoops! the bucket are overflowing. _______________
- The cats was watching he birds outside the window. _______________

Underline the verb in parentheses that agrees with the subject.

- Either the wild dogs or the baboon (makes, make) the howling sound
- Neither crackers nor bread ( is, are) good for the ducks.
- the tourists and their guide ( waits, wait) tensely for the elephant to cross the road.
- Neither the tourists nor the guide ( has, have) time to photograph the zebra
- Both the zoo director and his assistants ( speaks, speak) at fundraisers.

Write each numbered sentence on the appropiate line, using the correct present tense form of the verb.

(1) One of my friends (be) planning a surprise birthday aprty for Elisa. (2) All of her school friends (know) about the party. (3) Many (have) already bought some decorations. For example there will be balloons. (4) another group (want) to bake her an extravagant cake. (5) Everybody (agree) that this will be the best surprise birthday party ever.

1- _______________________________________________________________________

Capitalize the words that need to be capitalized in the following sentences.

1-My friend marie plays the French horn in our local orchestra.
2-When aunt Irene visited, we went with her to st. Cyril byzantine Church.
3-“when you say book do you mean only novels? asked Julie
4-Julie replied, “there are books filled with poems, essays and short stories too.”
5-Have you ever heard the song “this land is your land”.
6-Maybe someday I will visit england, france and other countries of europe.
7-In the past people took ships like the queen mary to europe.
8-Students from mitchell middle school are studying the 19th century in their american history class.
9-President monroe is also known for the monroe doctrine, a document that told the powers of europe to keep their hands off the western hemisphere.
10-Where did eve learn to speak portuguese so fluently?

Capitalize each letter that should be capitalized in the outline.

II.climate facts.
a.average temperature in summer.
b.average temperature in winter.
c.average temperature precipitation.
III.the people
c.major cities.

Add periods, question marks and exclamation points where necessary in the following paragraph. (7 points)

Have you ever seen or heard about an annual Vermont town meeting Every spring, around maple sugaring time, all the town’s citizens meet in the town hall There they vote on any issue that concerns them, from rats in the town dump to school issues to international problems Even though a town has no responsibility for international relations, citizens express their opinions proudly what a way to practice democracy the town meeting is a grand social occasion, as well People get to meet and greet their neighbors after the long Vermont winter

Insert commas where necessary in the following sentences.( 11 points)

-Nurses today work at hospitals school camps homes and work places.
-Kenny an Australian nurse aroused controversy due to her treatment methods
-Without any medical training she treated victims of polio in the bush country.
-The play is scheduled for December 19 2000 to January 9 2001 but there may be an extension.
-The address of the auditorium is 75 Brinton Street Toledo Ohio

Add quotation marks where necessary in the dialogue below. (7 points)

A scientist has announced that her team will find intelligent life else where in the universe.
Interesting! Says Dr. Potts. I’d like to see how she plans to do this.
That claims Dr. Barbosa is preposterous. I don´t believe she´ll find anything.
Dr. Potts retorts Dr. Barbosa, the universe is large. Can´t you admit that intelligent life might be out there somewhere?
No. I don´t believe in any of these alien or UFO stories Dr. Barbosa replies.
I don´t believe the stories either, but I do believe tha aliens exist concludes Dr. Potts.

Add semicolons and colons where they are needed in the following sentences. (7 points)

- I don’t mind cats, dogs, or fish but she wants to have lizards, snakes , and spiders
- Joan doesn´t study she’s unlikely to do well in math.
- However , Joan is a good athlete she trains hard.
- The dogs get fed at 7 00 A.M. and 6 00 P.M
- My father is from Atlanta, Georgia my mother is from Portland, Maine and I was born in Chicago.
Add dashes and parentheses where they are needed in these sentences.
- Light travels at the rate of 300,000 kilometers per second 186,000 miles per second
- Copernicus as you might know decided that the earth travels around the sun.
- Halley’s comet I’ve never seen it approaches the earth about every 76 years.
- The world´s largest telescope the Keck Telescope sits in a volcano in Hawaii.
- The mass of one black hole my goodness! Is estimated to be around 3.5 billion times that of the sun.

In each sentence below, underline the word that uses the apostrophe incorrectly or should have an apostrophe but does not.Then write the word correctly in the line.

- Shes the one who can play difficult piano music. ________________
- It’s a wonder you got any of those problems right. ________________
- I wonder what theyre going to bring ________________
- The authors corrections were not always legible. ________________
- Three boy´s left their books in their lockers. ________________

Use each title given in parentheses in a sentence, punctuating the title correctly.

- ( patriotic song: Yankee Doodle)

- (long musical work by Ludwig Van Beethoven: Fifth Symphony)

- (short story featuring Sherlock Holmes: The speckled Band)

- ( poem from alice in wonderland: Jabberwocky)

- (luhar landing craft: The Eagle)

lunes, 10 de mayo de 2010


The eliminatories start in every classroom on May 19th to find the 5 students that will represent your group, After that, on May 24-25, there will be a semi-final contest to find the winner of every grade. At the end, on May 27, there will be a final contest at the soccer field. The list of words that are going to be practiced are the following:

1. barracks
2. bleachers
3. glinting
4. desperate
5. grudging
6. endured
7. savoring
8. sedately
9. drought
10. scorched
11. craved
12. pierced
13. flourished
14. notorious
15. condolences
16. detain
17. refugees
18. barrio
19. wake
20. rubble
21. devastated
22. pale
23. panic
24. phobia
25. coping
26. condition
27. transferred
28. invetigating
29. lunged
30. infamous
31. venom
32. inject
33. immune
34. exterminator
35. route
36. stance
37. disguised
38. jeering
39. callouses
40. courtesy
41. prejudiced
42. misjudging
43. biological
44. adopted
45. siblings
46. mentor
47. identical
48. situations
49. transparent
50. captivity
51. warily
52. deftly
53. abruptly
54. directory
55. censored
56. resumes
57. barrier
58. indignantly
59. decline
60. clung
61. excuse
62. graveyard
63. headstone
64. mysterious
65. statement
66. concentrate
67. exhausted
68. shield
69. clevernes
70. riveted
71. sidetrack
72. intrigued
73. accumulated
74. coincidence
75. resemblance
76. unmistakable
77. opticians
78. suspicious
79. cautiously
80. spectacle
81. matadors
82. gore
83. sensation
84. victorious
85. chef
86. recipe
87. resort
88. restaurant
89. solo
90. venture
91. navigator
92. destination
93. fracture
94. infection
95. current
96. kayak
97. handicapped
98. symptoms
99. diagnosed
100. antibiotics

jueves, 29 de abril de 2010



100% Reading and listening comprehension exam
100% Grammar and Vocabulary exam
100% Writing exam
100% Oral proficiency exam

20 % Notebook: all your participations. (Daily signed).
30% Quizzes
20% Workbook (Daily signed)
10% Attitude and punctuality
10% Reading sign from your parents on the Vademecum.
10% Homework

Summary and guide for the 5th Bimonthly

Bridges to literature: Unit 11 and 12.

Unit 11: Bridges to history. (Mixed genres)
• From Archaeology.
• The Sacred Well
.• Castles
• Matajuro’s TrainingThe cow – tall switch

Students bookPages: 326 to 372
Work book

Unit 12: Reader’s Choice (Poetry)
• From the call of the wild.
• The Valentine
• The streakBridges to literature: Unit 11 and 12.

Students bookPages: 374 to 429
Work book

Language Network Grammar Section:

Unit 9: Subject verb agreement
. Agreement in number
. compound subjects
. Agreement problems in sentences
. Indefinite pronouns
. Problem subjects
unit 9: Subject verb agreement pages 206 -223

Unit 10: Capitalization
• People and cultures.
• First words and titles.
• Places and transportation.
• Organizations and other subjects

Unit 10: CapitalizationPages 228 to 247

Unit 11: Punctuation
• Periods and other marks.
• Commas in sentences
• Commas: Dates, addresses, and letters.
• Punctuating Quotations.
• Semicolons and colons.
• Hyphens, dashes, and parentheses
• Apostrophes
• Punctuating Titles

Unit 11: Punctuation Pages 248 to 275;


Students must write a problem- solution essay
Characteristics: 1 page long
Letter Arial 12
Presentation sheet
In a folder

Students must make a tv. comercial presented in a video.

Evaluation: Fluency, punctuality, creativity and organization; which means that the day of the presentation they have everything set up ( TV, DVD or Lap top)

viernes, 16 de abril de 2010



A.Underline each gerund. On the blank, write how it is used for:
1-Devonna´s goal is entering a college with a highly rated music department. ___________
2-In music and comedy, timing is everything ___________
3-The school solved the schedule conflicts by creating a new class. ___________
4- Playing chess has always been my goal. ___________
5-I was afraid having him as a teacher. ___________

B.Complete the following sentences using participles or gerunds.
1-The fox tried to escape by _______________ in to the woods. (run)
2-The _________________ wolf begged the crane for assistance. (choke)
3-The crane didn’t get the _______________subject, Predicate nominative, direct object and object of a preposition._ guitar . (promise)
4-We laugh at, yet learn from, the animals _____________ like humans. (act)
5-_______________ to be a slave in classical Greek times, Aesop was a great storyteller. (report)

C.Underline the infinitive in each sentence. On the blank write how it is used for: noun, adjective or adverb.

1-He had reasons to think he could do it. ______________
2-To be in the Olympics is a great achievement. ______________
3-Athletes from around the world went to compete. ______________
4-I wish they hadn’t decided to allow professionals into the Olympics. ______________
5-The effect of the change was to take something from the games. ______________

D.Identify each boldfaced phrase by writing gerund phrase, participal phrase or infinitive phrase on the line to the right.
1-Flying a kite can be fun. ______________
2-Flying a kite in a storm, Benjamin Franklin was almost hit by lightning. ______________
3-Ben decided to fly a kite in a storm to test his theory about lightning. ______________
4-He loved to get out in the city park on a windy afternoon. ______________
5-Remembering my first kite, I’d like to make a kite for my son. ______________

E.Identify each boldfaced group of words by writing IND for independent clause and DEP for dependent clause.
1-An orderly register tells the exact amount of money in your account. __________
2-If you have little or no money left, you cannot write any more checks. __________
3-A bank charges an extra fee whenever your funds won’t cover your checks. __________
4-Every bank has its own rules about what fees it charges. __________
5-Before Andrew opened his chacking account, he asked about the bank’s fees. _________

F.Identify each sentence below with S for simple, CD for compound, CX for complex and CC for compound complex, and underline the dependent clauses.
1-Unless I am wrong, peaches were first grown in China. ______
2-The squirrel climbed the bird feeder, and the birds flew away. ______
3-Wang and his brother looked at the problem and spotted the solution. ______
4-You can take a large cruise ship to see the glaciers of Alaska, or you can ride a Smaller boat that can go closer to the coast and its icy covering. ______
5-Someone forgot to water the roses that grow in the side yard. ______

G.In each sentence underline the dependent clause. On the line write ADJ (adjective), ADV (adverb) or N (noun) to identify the clause.
1-Whoever was rich enough had an elegant bed. _______
2-Many Greek tables had 3 legs that ended in feet shaped like paws. _______
3-Romans borrowed Greek furniture styles, as they borrowed most Greek things. _______
4-Although the Romans began with the same styles, they adapted them. _______
5-Today we still use styles that were developed by the Romans. _______

H.In each sentence underline the subject and circle the verb. If the verb agrees with the subject, write correct on the line to the right. If It does not agree, write the correct verb.1-Jose are searching for leopard frogs. ___________________
2-Mary were looking among the bushes. ___________________
3-They actually stand in the water surface. ____________________
4-How many students is on that bus? ____________________
5-One student have brought a net. ____________________

I.Write the correct form of the given verb. Make it agree with the compound subject.
1-Neither the council members nor the mayor (be) present. _______________
2-Books and videotapes (be) available from the library. ________________
3-Both the council member and the mayor (have) spoken out
On thatmatter. ________________
4-Neither the council members nor the mayor (object) to the
Proposal. ________________
5-Neither the reporter nor the photographer (come) to theses
Meetings. _________________

J. Underline the subject of each sentence and circle the verb that agrees with the subject.
1-Meals on the road ( is, are) a problem.
2-(Does, Do ) this restaurant’s fish sandwiches taste fishy?
3-“off with their heads”, (shouts, shout) the mad queen.
4-Down the river ( rush, rushes) the racing canoes.
5-(Has, Have) the famous architect visited her completed homes?

K. In each sentence underline the indefinite pronoun used as subject. Then find the verb. If the verb agrees with the subject, write CORRECT. If not write the correct verb form.1-Most of the neighbors was out of town. ____________________
2-Several of the students are named in the article. ____________________
3-All of the costumers was getting impatient. ____________________
4-Has any of my friends called? ____________________
5-One of the quarterbacks have been out sick. ____________________

L.In each sentence underline the verb that agrees in number with the subject.
1-Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (is, are) a novel by Jules Verne.
2For my brother , physics (has, have) been more interesting than chemistry.
3-Two dollars ( have, has) always been the maximum fine for children’s book.
4-Three eights of the students ( is, are) boys.
5-Paul Breton Girls by the Sea (shows, show) two barefoot girls.


1- Free verse
2- Authors purpose
3- speaker
4- figurative language
5- Rythm
6- Sequence
7- cause
8- Effect
9- Theme
10- Biography
11- Viewpoint
12- Phizzog
13- Context clues
14- Fiction
15- Non- fiction
16- True accounts
17- Personification
18- Making judgements

lunes, 15 de marzo de 2010


THURSDAY- Language network page 608
FRIDAY- Language network ex. c page 188

lunes, 22 de febrero de 2010


Language Network Grammar Section:
Unit 7: Verbals and verbal Phrases;
• Gerund
• Participles
• Infinitives.
• Verbal Phrases.

Unit 8: Sentence Structure.
• What is a clause?.
• Simple and compound sentences.
• Complex sentences.
• Kinds of dependent clauses.
• Compound – complex sentences.

Unit 9: Subject – Verb Agreement
• Agreement in number.
• Compound subject.
• Agreement problems in sentences.
• Indefinite Pronouns as subjects
• Problem Subjects

.Unit 7: Verbals and verbal Phrases
Pages 168 183

Unit 8: Sentence Structure.
Pages 184 to 204;

Unit 9: Subject – Verb Agreement
Pages 205 to 227.

To practice this topics you can follow this link:


Bridges to literature: Unit 9 and 10

Unit 9: The Real Me: (Poetry)
* I never said I wasn’t difficult.
• Phizzog
• Eastern Eskimo Song.
• Old Snake.
• Learning English
• Midway.

Unit 10: Uncommon Heroes (Nonfiction)
• Jaime Escalante.
• Patches.
• Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.
• Amelia Earhart: American Pilot.


To evaluate the continuing writing grade students will have 3 quizzes in classes in the following dates:

March 2nd: A surprising event on page 168
March 10th : Using verbals in writing page 179
March 15th: No big deal page 184

The writing exam is not in class, It will be about a short story and poem from your Language network book pages 462- 471 and must must the following characteristics:
By computer
Letter: Arial
In a folder
Don´t forget the introduction, body and conclusion
Be punctual, otherwise your best grade will be 8
Follow the steps: prewriting, drafting, revising and Editing.