Simple Spelling and Language Lessons

Being unusually organized this week… I thought I would take time to share my simple, yet effective spelling and language strategy that I have developed over the years.  Using a classical framework as well as tools I have learned from Essentials, here is a simple flow you may wish to consider… Weekly spelling list: theory/theories mystify/mystifying occupy/occupied try/tries story/stories boundary/boundaries easy/easily priority/priorities costly/costliest authority/authorities Discuss rules and exceptions.  Copy or test orally or written. Dictation  (I have a dictation book with associated spelling words, or I make up my own.  Today I made up my own list and dictation sentences, note that the sentences contain words from my weekly list.) The authorities occupied the land. {S-Vt-DO} Good boundaries are the costliest. {S-Vl-PA} Some theories are mystifying stories. {S-Vl-PN} She easily manages her priorities. {S-Vt-DO} Review Grammar State/write the seven sentence patterns. State 4 purposes and 4 sentence structures. Name the five kinds of nouns. Name the four types of verbs. Chant the preposition list. Choose a sentence and parse. Choosing sentence #1 Who occupied the land? Authorities – subject noun What is being said about authorities? Occupied. Verb. Occupied what? Land. Does land describe authorities? No.  Can land replace authorities? No. Then land is a Direct Object, label the verb transitive. What kind of authorities? The – article adjective. What kind of land? The – article adjective. Now Modify… Modification #1 – Add a preposition phrase The authorities occupied the land near the river. During the war, the authorities occupied the land. Modification #2 – Change the purpose to interrogative. Did the authorities occupy the land? Who occupied the...

Take the Helmet…

Okay… we had some fun today!  So let me share! From Ephesians 6 (which we memorized last year in Foundations), we pulled a verse and analyzed it (most of it anyway ). Here is the verse… Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Do you see the purpose? Imperative.  Which means the subject is what? Implied ‘you’.  The verb? Take. (should be capitalized in the diagram below :))Do you see the preposition used?  Of.   Do you see the different noun cases/roles? Direct object and object of the preposition. Do you see the dual or compound direct object?  Helmet and sword.   Do you see the coordinating conjunction ‘and’ (which we are going to touch on more in week 6)? Note: Today, we left the dependent adjectival clause (who/which clause) alone.  Here is our board setup for this sentence… I enjoyed choosing to focus on prepositions this week… as we are working with prepositional openers in our US History-Based IEW writing. $$$  You DO KNOW that you can get a 4′ x8′ show tile (shown above) from Lowe’s Home Improvement stores for about $15…  It is our official white board.  $$$ Have fun with words and sentence...