The following are the concepts the class is covering in the mechanics unit:
* capitals & end punctuation - How lovely today is!
* interjections - Wow! What a day it was.
* proper nouns - Middle East, Biology I
* proper adjectives - Mexican pizza, French accent
* commas in compound sentences - Are you going to the play, or are you playing golf?
* commas in a series - I'm reading, listening to the radio, and lounging.
* commas between two or more adjectives before a noun - The old, rusty car broke down.
* commas after introductory words - Oh, I didn't know.
* commas after introductory phrases - Sitting at home, he worried about rain.
* commas after introductory clauses - Because she wanted to do well, Nancy studied.
* interrupters - She, however, did take a break.
* appositives - Christmas, December 25, is a holiday.
* nouns of direct address - Are you going to the mall, Ann?
* dates, addresses, & letters - Dear Sir:
* quotations in dialogue - "Which do you like?" asked Lucy.
Indent each time a new person speaks.
* titles of short works - "The Raven"
* Titles of long works are underlined or put in italics. - Are You My Mother? Are You My Mother?
* colons - You should bring the following: homework, paper, pens, and textbooks
* semicolons - I wanted to go to the play; therefore, I saved money.
* abbreviations - MA, mph, NATO
* numbers - There were 327 students in the gym. -- Three hundred twenty-seven students were there. -- There were eighty people standing. -- seven o'clock -- 7:00 -- Chapter 13
* apostrophes in contractions - I'm, they're
* apostrophes in possessive nouns - child's toy, children's toys
* apostrophes form the plural of numbers, letters, words, & symbols - How many 3's are on the paper? -- You want ten A's on your report card. -- There are too many and's in your letter. -- I don't like to use too many &'s.
* hyphens - She had an I-know-what-you-did smile. He was the runner-up.
* dashes - The championship -- it went into overtime -- was so exciting!
* parentheses - Mandy Donald (1934 - 2010) was known for her caring nature.
I Am Poem and Puzzle Piece
Students are writing poems, trying to describe who they are.
The poem starts with the words "I am," and it ends with "I am part of the whole, one piece of the puzzle." Middle lines may continue the "I am" pattern, or they may utilize various other action verbs: I play, I hum, I dance, I wonder, etc...
The puzzle pieces will be decorated with graphics, words, and quotes that visually reflected both the poem and themselves.
Old magazines appreciated.