Foundations 7

Tuesday, March 12th

  • Go over Final
  • First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Spirit Animals: An introduction: meanings and stories
  • Kahoot: please go to
  • I will give you the game code, for a short quiz on spirit animals
  • “Sometimes I feel Like a Fox”- Danielle Daniel
  • Exploration of Spirit Animals:
  • What Spirit animal are you?
  • “The Animal People Choose a Leader”- short story by Richard Wagamese
  • Lit Circle Discussion: Literature Circle Roles-1d65cez
  • Final Write: In your culture, or your own belief system, do you relate to a certain animal or earth?

Thursday, March 7th

  • Final Exam

Tuesday, March 5th

  • Paragraph reading 82: Creating Those Shooting Stars
  • Grammar unit review, and then some…
  • Re-registration
  • Computer/account set up with Paul @ 7:10-7:35 ish
  • Academic Writing: practice, editing, and outline.
  • No full sentences on outline!! only point form

Thursday, February 28th

  • Paragraph reading 57: A Mysterious Island
  • Go over Lesson 21: Adjective, Adverb, and Noun clauses
  • Lesson 22 Simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Academic Writing continued: Body Paragraphs

Tuesday, February 26th

  • Paragraph reading 92: The Master Forger
  • Go over Lesson 19 & 20: Phrases & Clauses, Independent and Subordinate Clauses
  • Lesson 21: Adjective, Adverb, and Noun clauses
  • Academic Writing continued: Thesis statements & topic sentences

Thursday, February 21st

  • Paragraph reading 52: What an Actor!
  • Go over Lesson 17: Indirect objects & 18 subject complements
  • Lesson 19: Phrases and Clauses
  • Academic Writing continued: Student model evaluation and breakdown, part 2 begin

Tuesday, February 19th

  • Paragraph reading 77: Putting the Pieces Together
  • Go over Lesson 16: Direct Objects
  • Lesson 17: indirect objects
  • Introduction to Essay writing begin: Environmental Studies: Green Living

Thursday, February 14th

  • Paragraph reading 85: “The Graveyard of Elephants”
  • Go over lesson 14: Subjects and Predicates
  • Lesson 15 compound subjects and predicates
  • Go over Identifying Poetic devices
  • Introduction to Essay writing begin: Environmental Studies: Green Living
  • Hand in response questions for “Love, Pathos, and Electronics”

Tuesday, February 12th

  • SNOW DAY!!  I hope you got outside to enjoy it a bit 🙂

Thursday, February 7th

  • Go over Midterm exam
  • Go over #13 Natural order and Inverted order sentences
  • Lesson 14: Subjects and Predicates
  • Finish Identifying Poetic devices
  • Response questions for “Love, Pathos, and Electronics”

Tuesday, February 5th

  • Go over Midterm exam-next class!  I forgot them at work!
  • Lesson 12: Identifying Types of Sentences
  • Identifying poetic devices
  • Poetry and Microfiction: Big Idea
  • Introduction to the Essay: writing

Thursday, January 31st

  • Midterm exam

Tuesday, January 30th

  • Go over Crossword Review
  • Go over “using what you’ve learned”
  • Description examples
  • Practice writing short descriptions
  • Descriptive outline for midterm paragraph

Thursday, January 24th

  • Go over exercises for Vocabulary 30
  • Discussion 30
  • Vocabulary writing in context for Vocabulary 30
  • Crossword Review for Vocab 25-30
  • Go over Grammar review
  • Using what you’ve learned: more grammar review-due for Tuesday’s class (VERY GOOD STUDY GUIDE)

Tuesday, January 22nd

  • Vocabulary 30: discussion on Thursday.  Time to work on exercises
  • Go over Lesson 10: figurative language, Lesson 11: Symbols
  • Review of Lesson 1-10 for midterm
  • Begin “What’s Your Verdict?”


Thursday, January 17th

  • Go over exercises for Vocabulary 29
  • Discussion 29
  • Vocab 29 writing and usage
  • Go over Lesson 4 & 5: Suffixes & Homophones (from before Christmas break)
  • Go over Lesson 8: Denotation and Connotation & Euphemisms
  • Figurative Language
  • Good Copy of Narrative paragraph due
  • Begin “What’s Your Verdict”

Tuesday, January 15th

  • Vocabulary 29: exercises Discussion on Thursday
  • Go over Colloquialisms and Slang
  • Lesson 8: Denotation and Connotation
  • Peer edit (see checklist on p. 14)
  • Good copy due at the end of class
  • If you are done: Choose from ‘additional writing activities’
  • Reminder: Midterm Thursday, January 31st

Thursday, January 10th

  • Go over exercises for Vocabulary 28
  • Discussion time-using vocab from any previous weeks, have a casual discussion with a peer.  Try to incorporate as many as you can.
  • Vocabulary writing: choose your method (sentences, paragraph, mini paragraphs) and use all 10.  Please underline vocab words for me.
  • Go over Idioms.  Colloquialisms & Slang begin
  • Peer editing of rough draft (also called first draft)
  • Once done, good copy for assessment

Tuesday, January 8th

  • Welcome back!
  • Vocabulary 28: exercises.  Discussion 28 on Thursday
  • Grammar Usage: Lesson 6 & 7: Idioms and Colloquialisms & Slang
  • Narrative writing: Editing the first draft-had for assessment Thursday
  • Editing the Second Draft: pg. 15.  Tenses, repetition, etc.

Thursday, December 20th

  • Vocabulary 27: Discussion.  Please review the topics/words and go for it!  See if you can incorporate some from the last 2 weeks.
  • Go over exercises for 27: sentence/paragraph creation
  • Grammar Usage: Lesson 3-5: Prefixes, Suffixes, Homophones
  • Writing: Personal Narratives

Tuesday, December 18th

  • Vocabulary 27: read, work on exercises (due for Thursday if not finished in class).  Review Thursday’s discussion topics.
  • Go over Pronouns: which person?
  • Word Origins: Greet and Latin Roots
  • Point of View writing: Choose a Situation from pg 9.  Find a partner and switch perspectives to reply to the letter.

Thursday, December 13th

  • Discussion for Lesson 26 topics-try to find a new partner to converse with tonight!  Keep a tally of how many vocab words you used
  • Go over exercises for Lesson 26
  • 10 words in context-writing
  • Using commas with dates and addresses/Pronouns: which person?
  • Go over: A. General Understanding, B. Working with Language for “The Pathway to Freedom”  Cloze- Life under Slavery
  • Writing: Point of View

Tuesday, December 11th

  • Vocabulary Discussion Starters: Lesson 25.  Please hold onto the green sheet, you can choose 1 or 2 topics, find a partner and send 10-15 on two different topics.  See how many vocab words you can successfully use.
  • Go over exercises for Lesson 25.
  • Lesson 26: We will go over the exercises on Thursday and working on your sentences then also.
  • Grammar: Singular & Plural Nouns, commas
  • Reading: “The Pathway to Freedom”, an excerpt from the Narrative of Frederick Douglass

Thursday, December 6th

  • Welcome to Foundations 7!
  • Introductions and important information
  • Grammar & Mechanics: Audience and Purpose
  • Vocabulary: Lesson 25& exercises: we will be going over these on Tuesday and you will do use the words in sentences or a paragraph.  Try to use in your day to day speech over the next week (2-3 a day). We will also be using the weekly words in informal discussioons beginning each Thursday’s class (starting next week)
  • Writing Sample Assessment: You will have a choice of topics to suit your interest.  This will not be marked as an assignment, but a benchmark to assess your writing level.  I will be keeping these samples as required by Continuing Education.  Try to keep in mind what you know of sentence structure, grammar & verb tenses, paragraph structure.