Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 17!

Happy Monday!

Since it is the first day of the week, we will start with our commonly confused words for the week! If I were you, I would prepare myself to turn in all of the words we have done so far next week. If I were you, I would also prepare myself for a quiz over these words!

After that, we will have a brief chat about your independent reading! It is time to get started. For first quarter, your genre is American Literature. You should pick your book from this Reading List. You may choose any book that is listed as American Literature. You may NOT choose a book that you have previously read. If you come to me asking if you can read To Kill a Mockingbird  or another book that you may have read with Mrs. J, I will send you down to talk to here to get permission!  You need to have your book selected by Friday! 

We will also finish watching The Crucible today!

Here are your commonly confused words for the week:

1. than, then

than (conj)- used for comparisons; used to introduce the second element or clause of a comparison of inequality

example: You are far more intelligent than you think.
example: He is much more fun than Bert.

then (adv)- at that time in the past; next in time, order, or space; at another time in the future; in that case; in addition; besides; yet; on the other hand

example: Let's go to the movies and then go out to eat.
example: He was much more fun, then.

hint: "than" is used as a comparison word, and "then" tells when. 

1. That building seems taller (than, then) this one.
2. I don't see how you can say one thing and (than, then) change your mind so easily.
3. There is no question that lead is heaver (than, then) silver.
4. Buildings made of steel are much stronger (than, then) those made of wood.
5. I like to get Chinese food every now and (than, then).

2. their, there, they're

their (pronoun)- the possessive case of the pronoun they, indicating ownership (they own it; it is their thing)

example: Grant and Hunter gave their best performance on the second night of the play.

there (adv)-  of or at a place; to into, or toward a place

example: There are several reasons why I don't want to dance.
example: Over there is the door the president will walk through.

they're- contraction of they are

example: They're supposed to save their money instead of spending it on silly things.

Write six sentences. Use each word in two sentences.  Exchange your sentences with a classmate. Read your partner's sentences to make sure the words are used correctly.

3. all ready, already

all ready (adj)-  prepared; completely ready

example: The volunteers at the homeless shelter were all ready to serve dinner to those waiting in the long line.

already (adv)- before some specified time; previously

example: By the time Sylvia arrived at school, classes had already begun.

1. Clarence had his math homework (all ready, already) to pass in.
2. The math test was for one hour, but Scott had  (all ready, already) finished in a half-hour.
3. (All ready, Already) for the prom, Denise discovered a tear in her dress.
4. Kyong had  (all ready, already) selected a topic for her research paper.

Words provided by: 
Gentile, William W., Sr. Daily Warm Ups Commonly Confused Words. Portland, ME: Walch, 2003. Print.