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Poetry

Commonly Confused Words and Grammatical Errors:   This is a PowerPoint explaining many of the grammar mistakes many of you make when writing or speaking.

 

Sound Alikes/Homophones/Confusing Word Lists

Sound alike words, also known as homophones, cause confusion. We want you to learn the correct spelling and meaning behind all of the sound alike words. We all have made those mistakes when, for instance, your friend had a hoarse throat and you sent an email that said, "Tommy has a horse throat." Did you really mean that your friend has a horse in his throat? Of course not!

For each list, you will see a chart. You can only do the “Free Activities.” Premium Activities cost money. Notice that “Play a Game” is partly free and partly premium.

Parallel Structure Practice

 

Grammar Problems I Found in Your Writing

?The following are about using plural, especially irregular plurals:

Websites on Transitions (requested by a student)

1. Sentence Structure Writing Practice: Do these writing practices to improve your sentence structure. There are 25. DO THEM IN ORDER. DO NOT DO THEM ALL THE SAME DAY. Try to do about 2 to 4 a day.

2. Skillwise: Practical English literacy skills for adults. Choose a topic area.
 

3. Online Punctuation ExercisesIn each lesson, an explanation is given. Then, several exercises follow. These exercises will give you a chance to practice what you learned from the lesson.

4English Grammar Secrets: Use these English grammar lessons for self study or to support your lessons with your teacher. We recommend that you read the grammar explanation on the first page of the lesson and then do the exercises, thinking all the time about the rules in the grammar explanation. Remember that learning grammar is only one part of learning a language. So don't be obsessed by it! Learning examples that will help you when you speak or write is the best way to learn.
 
5Fun English GamesEnjoy interactive games, classroom activities, printable worksheets and much more! This is meant for younger students but if your skills need help this may be the one for you.
 

6. Understanding Writing MistakesThis website explains the 4 main types of mistake in written language -- spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage -- and how to avoid them. There are links to exercises to practice correcting these kinds of mistakes.

 

REFERENCE TOOLS

1. Citation Machine:This resource will show you how to write bibliography and footnotes the right way.

2. A Long List of Idioms (in alpahbetical order) 

3. Word Root Quick ReferenceThis list contains some of the common roots and prefixes that make up the building blocks of many English words.

4. Etymology Dictionary: Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. Just type in a word and it will show you the etymology.

Reading Sites                                                  

1. Skillwise: Practical English literacy skills for adults. Choose a topic area.

2. News For You: This interactive site uses real news articles to help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand English. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll. Listen to each article in full, or sentence-by-sentence. Ask the teacher for headphones. Click on any story to get started or to hear and see a sample.  You will need this password to enjoy all of the features on the site: EF6E60.

3. More Reading Test Practice

4. SAT Reading Comprehension Practice

 

6. Reading Test Practice: Below is a list of readings with reading test practice. Click on a title below, read the story, and do the activities listed on the left.


Something Different but Related to Reading

Interview with Maya Angelou: You can read it and/or listen to this great African American poet read one of her poems and talk with a reporter in this interview.

Run DMC Rapping about Books and Believing in Yourself It's old but full of good fun.

 
 
 

These are the websites mentioned on the PowerPoint I showed in class. Since they're on YouTube, you will not be able to hear them in school:

National Poetry Month: This website has information and links about National Poetry Month.

Poetry AnalysisThis handout presents a useful strategy for understanding poetry.

Contrasting Poetry and Prose: Another handout to print.

Line Break ExplorerExplore a poem and make guesses about why lines are broken where they are in poetry. Then experiment with line breaks and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, appearance, and can substitute for punctuation in poetry.

Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives. Watch or listen to citizens read poems they love.

"I Can't Write a Poem" Poem: Use the template to write an instant "I Can't Write a Poem" poem. Click on the left to see the other poem generators.

Poetry Idea EngineGet your poetry juices flowing and learn how to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more.

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