Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day 29! Whoop WHOOP!

Today we will watch any Powtoon videos that we did not get to view yesterday...GET EXCITED.

Then, we will finish up with the Commonly Confused Words that we started yesterday.

After that, as promised, you will have a reading day! Your first question is also posted on the Reading Workshop Blog. Your answer is due by the end of school tomorrow! You can use the last few minutes of class to work on your answer; be sure you are meeting all of the requirements described on the response rubric!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day 28- Tuesday, September 24!

I've been really bad at this for your class-- I apologize. But, you would totally be proud of my English III postings. I'm getting pretty good! :)

Today, we will present our Creation Myth Powtoon movies in class. That should take us about 15-20 minutes providing that everyone has finished everything on time!

Once we have finished with that, we will finally do our second set of Commonly Confused Words! I can't believe you guys have been forgetting to remind me to do these!

If we have time after that, you may free read your Reading Workshop books. Tomorrow will be a reading day, so be sure to bring your books, and be prepared to answer our first question!

See you in class!

Here are the words for this week!

Commonly Confused Words:

1. farther, further

farther (adv)- at or to a greater distance (used to refer to measurable distance)     
example: Texas is farther west that Louisiana.

further (adj or adv)- greater in time, degree, or extent; additionally    
 example: Frankly, I have no further interest in arguing with you over such trivia.     
example: The further you go in the study of psychology, the more fascinating it becomes.

1. The company has suspended (farther, further) negotiations for the contract
2. The evidence was extensive and offered (farther, further) proof of the defendant's guilt.
3. I rode my bicycle (farther, further) down the road than Maggie did.
4. Hawaii is (farther, further) away than Alaska is.
5. There is no question we need (farther, further) review to be ready for the exam.

2. hang, hanged, hung

hang (vb)- to fasten above with no support from below; to suspend; to attach to a wall; to suspend by the neck until dead.

Hang has two past forms and two different past participle forms, hang, hanged, hung and hang, hung, hung.  Hanged is used exclusively in the sense of causing death. Therefore, do not use hung when referring to capital punishment or suicide.   

example: The four pictures were hung along the stairway leading to the balcony.  
example: In some states, prisoners are hanged for capital offenses.

The prisoner was schedule to be (hanged, hung) at dawn. Just before dawn, the warden received an important call from the prisoner's lawyer. He told the warden that Judge Clements was trying to stop the inmate from being (hanged, hung).  Before he (hanged, hung) up, the lawyer told the warden to expect a call from the governor. The warden (hanged, hung) his badge on his shirt and proceeded to the gallows area to wait The prisoner, head (hanged, hung) low, entered. Suddenly, the phone rang. After the warden (hanged, hung) up, he announced a stay of execution had been granted. The prisoner would not be (hanged, hung).

3. its, it's

its (pronoun)- owned by; belonging to   example: A horse uses its tail to swat flies and other insects.
it's- contraction of it is     
example: I don't want to go into any more detail about your birthday present; it's a secret.

1. The camel stores water in (its, it's) body for weeks, requiring less fluid than most animals.
2. (Its, It's) clear that the answer to the problem is quite complex.
3. One can easily identify the lilac because of (its, it's) distinctive odor.
4. (Its, It's) interesting how the male pheasant shows off (its, it's) plumage by fanning (its, it's) tail feathers.