August 18


Unit Theme:

Grammar and syntax comprehension enhances one's reading and writing ability.

Unit Essential Question:

How do grammar and syntax affect our understanding of language?

Essential Skill or Concept: Grammar and syntax unit overview

Mini-Lesson Outline:

A. The teacher will explain the terms:

ADVANCED Rhetoric builds an effective and interesting style

The writer’s word and phrase choice (diction) is impressive, and the sentence structure is sophisticated and varied (syntax).

BASIC Rhetoric builds on the foundation of
Correct spelling
Complete thoughts

B. The teacher will ask students "How do we build the basic sentence or complete thought?".

The teacher will gauge students’ understanding of sentence strategy basics by having them demonstrate in writing in their notebooks. Students may volunteer to share on the board.

C. The teacher will have students practice exercises in their "Grammar Training Camp" handout, "Simple Sentences, Part 1."

The teacher will work with students individually according to skill levels.

D. Students will receive their handout packet entitled "Basic Steps in the Research Process, " and the teacher will provide tentative due dates. The class will discuss the research activities of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in order to have an understanding of their papers' purposes to persuade, predict, and/or evaluate.

E. For homework, students will study the corrected forms in today's handout and know terms discussed in the class review:

diagramming as a tool to understanding function and relationship

parts of a sentence: subject and verb

complete subject and simple subject

complete predicate and simple predicate

compound subject and compound verb

simple sentence (classification)

declarative sentence, interrogative sentence, imperative sentence, exclamatory sentence (sentence type according to purpose of the writer)

S V (sentence pattern: Subject + verb)

parts of speech:

1. noun, common noun, proper noun

2. pronoun, personal pronouns used as subjects, indefinite pronouns used as subjects, interrogative pronouns used as subjects