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    1. 1. March 29, 2010<br />
    2. 2. Housekeeping<br />Textbooks<br />Good Friday/Easter Monday school will be closed.<br />Hand in your work on Narrative Writing Assignment #1. Please hand in all the work you did (freewriting, topic sentences, and list)<br />
    3. 3. Subject-Verb Agreement, p. 463<br />Singular subjects must take a singular verb.<br />I walk fast, you walk fast, and he/she walks faster.<br />Plural subjects must take a plural verb.<br />We walk fast, and they walk fast too.<br />
    4. 4. Mistakes in Subject-Verb Agreement. . . <br />. . . usually occur in the following situations:<br />When words come between the subject and verb<br />When a verb comes before a subject<br />With compound subjects<br />With indefinite pronouns<br />
    5. 5. When words come between the subject and verb . . .<br />. . . subject-verb agreement does not change.<br />Ex: The noisy dogsin my neighbourhood get on my nerves.<br /> (plural subject) (plural verb)<br />The words “in my neighbourhood” form a prepositional phrase that does not affect s-v agreement.<br />
    6. 6. Reminder: Prepositional phrases<br />Prepositions are words that usually indicate time and space relationships.<br />Ex: before, under, with, behind, in, of, etc.<br />Prepositional phrases are word groups that begin with prepositions (they usually include an object and adjectives or adverbs)<br />Ex: during class, behind the old bridge<br />
    7. 7. When trying to find the subject of a sentence, it can help to cross out the prepositional phrases:<br />Nell, with her three dogs close behind, runs around the park every day.<br />The seamsin my new coat have split after only two years.<br />When words come between the subject and verb (Cont’d.)<br />
    8. 8. Activity, p. 464<br />Do the number I assign you, and as many others as you can finish in 5-10 minutes.<br />1. decisions (of the judge) seem<br />2. flakes (in this cereal) taste<br />3. woman (with the dark sunglasses) is <br />4. People (in Europe) speak<br />5. hamburger (with a large order of french fries) is<br />
    9. 9. When a verb comes before a subject . . . <br />. . . it must still agree with the subject!<br />Ex: On Bill’s doorstep were two police officers.<br />Ex: There are many pizza places in town.<br />To try to find the subject, ask yourself who or what does the verb refer to.<br />Ex: Q: Who were on the doorstep? <br /> A: The police officers.<br />
    10. 10. Activity, p. 465<br />Do the number I assign you, and as many others as you can finish in 5-10 minutes.<br />1. What is your middle name.<br />2. Among the guests was a private detective.<br />3. Where do you go when you want to be alone?<br />4. There are many hungry people. . . <br />5. In that grave rest the bones of my great-grandfather. <br />
    11. 11. With compound subjects<br />Situation 1: When two subjects are joined by and they take a plural verb:<br />Ex: Maple syrup andsweet butter taste delicious on pancakes.<br />Ex: MikeandSharon have a lot of work to do.<br />
    12. 12. With compound subjects<br />Situation 2: In contrast, when subjects are joined by either . . . or, neither . . . nor, not only . . . but also, the verb agrees with the subject closest to the verb:<br /> (plural) (singular) (singular)<br />Ex: Either the students or the teachertakes a day off every month.<br /> (singular) (plural) (plural)<br />Ex: Either the teacher or the studentstake a day off every month. <br />
    13. 13. Activity, p. 466.<br />Do the number I assign you, and as many others as you can finish in 5-10 minutes.<br />1. Our cats and dog stay <br />2. Are the birthday cake and ice cream ready . . .<br />3. Staples and Scotch tape hold . . . <br />4. Rent and car insurance were my <br />5. Neither the students nor the instructor wants to postponte. . . .<br />
    14. 14. With indefinite pronouns<br />These words always take singular verbs:<br />However: “both” always takes a plural verb!<br />
    15. 15. Activity, p. 467<br />Do the number I assign you, and as many others as you can finish in 5-10 minutes.<br />1. Everybody at my new school is friendly.<br />2. Neither of those mattresses feels comfortable.<br />3. Nobody in my family knows how to swim.<br />4. Each of the children needs some attention.<br />5. Something about Robbie’s story sounds suspicious.<br />
    16. 16. Break?<br />
    17. 17. Freewriting – 5 minutes non-stop<br />stormy weather<br />
    18. 18. The Writing Process<br />Pre-write to explore and define your topic:<br />brainstorm and select your topic<br />write a topic sentence<br />brainstorm and select your supporting ideas<br />Write a rough draft<br />Revise to improve unity, support, and coherence<br />Edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage<br />Proofread for typing or handwriting errors<br />
    19. 19. Writing Assignment 3, p. 294-295<br />Follow the steps A and B from the last assignment using one of these topics:<br />A time you lost your temper<br />A moment of great hapiness or sadness<br />Your best or worst date<br />A time you took a foolish risk<br />An inicident that changed your life<br />A time when you did or did not do the right thing<br />Your best or worst holiday or birthday<br />A time you learned a lesson or taught a lesson to someone else<br />An occasion of triumph in sports or some other area.<br />
    20. 20. Writing Assignment Process for Today<br />1. Title your paper A. Prewriting, Assignment 3 (or whatever # it is)<br />A. Prewriting – 15-20 minutes<br />Write freely and continually without worrying about grammar, spelling and punctuation<br />Take a new sheet of paper. Title it B. Plan and Organize, <br />Assignment 3 (or whatever # . . .)<br />B. Plan and Organize<br />Write at leasttwo possible topic sentences<br />list all the details involved in the experience<br />number them in the order in which they occurred<br /> Staple all your work together and hand it in to me.<br />
    21. 21. Topics vs. Topic Sentence<br />Remember that<br />a topic = the general subject<br /> and<br />a topic sentence = what you have to say about the subject<br />
    22. 22. Example Topic Sentences<br />Topic: My first day of school<br /> <br />Possible Topic Sentences<br /> <br />x I will tell you about my first day of school.<br /> <br /> My first day of school was a nerve-wracking experience.<br /> <br /> I will never forget the excitement of my first day of school.<br />
    23. 23. Homework<br />Review tests, p. 468-469. AK are available in the green box.<br />

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