Day 55: WordSkills Review

1. Spelling quiz, take 3. If a student has not yet spelled all 12 commonly misspelled words correctly, he or she tried again today for a quiz grade of 80.

2. Review of Sentence Diagramming. Students diagrammed the following sentences as a warm-up:

The cat slept.

Odysseus owned the suitors.

Penelope wept constantly.

It was a bloodbath.

Telemachus helped his dad.

3. WordSkills 3.21-3.25 notes. Such newfound joys as: pseudonym (ex: Lewis Carroll for Charles Dodgson or Lil’ Wayne for Dwayne Carter), retrospection, suspect, transfer, viceroy.

4. WordSkills Review Team: First meeting. Students met in randomly selected groups to start planning a presentation on some common prefix definitions. Hemi, semi, and demi all mean “half,” so students would find some way of getting classmates to remember this, whether it be a skit, poster, rap, song, or dance. Students will meet again in their groups on Tuesday.

HW: Read “The Beggar and the Faithful Dog” and “The Great Bow” p. 694-702 by Monday. Take notes on stickies and answer the questions handed out in class.

You can download the questions here: rq ending web

Or read them below:

“The Beggar and the Faithful Dog” p. 694-696

Reading and questions due Monday 11/16

Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper in order to be prepared for class.

  1. How are Odysseus and Argos, his dog, similar? Explain at least three similarities.
  2. According to the summary on p. 696, how does Eurycleia, Odysseus’ nurse, recognize him?
  3. Make up your own question and try to answer it. The question should either be about something you don’t understand or a probing discussion question with no clear right answer.

“The Test of the Great Bow” p. 698-702

Reading and questions due Monday 11/16

  1. What is the test Penelope makes the suitors take in order to marry her? (699)
  2. What does this test tell the reader about Penelope’s character?
  3. What is Odysseus’ “sign” to Eumaeus that he is who he says he is? (700)
  4. Why do you think Odysseus takes so long to string the bow? (701-702)
  5. Make up your own question and try to answer it. The question should either be about something you don’t understand or a probing discussion question with no clear right answer.

Abstentees: Get WordSkills 21-25 notes from a friend, me, or this website. On Tuesday, you will need to join a WordSkills review team. Download or copy the above questions and begin reading The Odyssey homework. Tomorrow, we will be taking a practice writing benchmark.

For more on diagramming check this out:

Yossarian the Grammarian

This is a diagram of a sentence by Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter:

The Scarlet Letter, diagrammed