Class Plan

Class | 28jan, 2015

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Grammar Parts of the sentence, Subject/Verb (Stolen lesson via Daily Grammar Lessons) A simple sentence is a group of words expressing a complete thought, and it must have a subject and a verb (predicate – some grammar books use the word predicate, but I will use verb). A verb shows action or state of being. […]


Parts of Speech | Quick Reference

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Definition All words are divided into grammar groups. The grammar groups are called parts of speech. The groups are: Nouns (people, places, or things) Verbs (the state or action word in a sentence) Adjectives (give more information about nouns) Adverbs (give more information about verbs) Determiners (words that come before most nouns) Prepositions (give information […]

Art History

Madonna and Child with Saints | Perugino

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Pietro Perugino – An early Italian Renaissance painter who developed some of the qualities that found classic expression in the High Renaissance.  Raphael was his most famous pupil. This painting is in The Vatican, in Rome Italy.  (Vergine in trono col Bambino tra San Costanzo, Sant’Ercolano, San Lorenzo e San Ludovico)  Also see:


Parts of Speech Review

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The eight parts of speech are verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. From: Verbs show action or state of being. Nouns are the names of persons, places or things. Pronouns take the place of nouns. Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns and tell which, whose, what kind, and how many. Adverbs modify […]

Class Plan

21jan 2015 Class

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Today we were 3. G and Y.  The troopers!  We went too slowly today. Chatted Y about Honduras: it’s 99-100° and humid, it rains every day 2:00-3:30.  And about her family. The Paragraph It is cold, gray and wet outside.  It is raining too.  The rain is not heavy, it is very light.  The rain […]

Class Posts

January 7, 2015 in class

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Today was bright, sunny and with cold winds blowing.  There was only G today.   


G loves to read, so we indulged.  She read 2 articles from Voice of America | Learning English that I posted.

I had her write something about each article in her notebook.
Next class we will review her writing.  Then she will put it online in the forum section – on Our ESL Forum.

I will create quizzes from the articles – for comprehension.

New Website

There is a new site I created for reading and writing.  Our ESL Forum

I post articles, issues and photos to generate topics.  I would like to bring English literacy more into focus in my classroom, regularly – with portability, structure, and a place for organizing it.  That means website.  It would be great if we could engage in briefly written, online, debate on a topic.  By that time they will likely be ready to level up to ESL3.  Maybe?

With a website ready, I can be more consistent and organized to:

  • Present material – online and make prints.
  • Create quizzes, though there is a seperate site for that already: Practice Your English!
  • Track presentations – what did I already give them?
  • Track writing assignments and progress – they will write final versions online.
  • Give students access to class material, and they can explore for more.  Even outside of class.  Once they’ve finished online, they immediately start searching for more.  Excellent!
  • Get in more computer, writing, and keyboard skills.

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Prisoners Work to Protect the Planet

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Prisoners Work to Protect the Planet | Voice of America – Learning English Inmate Toby Erhart sows Harsh Indian Paintbrush seeds in the Stafford Creek Corrections Center conservation nursery. (Tom Banse/VOA) 01/04/2015 Prisoners Work to Protect the Planet The United States has the largest prison population in the world. More than 2 million people are […]


Western Diet Bad for Human Health, Environment

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Western Diet Bad for Human Health, Environment | Voice of America – Learning English From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. The spread of Western eating habits around the world is bad for human health and for the environment. Those findings come from a new report in the journal Nature.  There are ways to solve […]


Red Splash | photo

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Look at the photo.  Read about the photo. What is she doing?  Why is she doing this?  Write about it here.   An actress splashes red paint on herself during a protest by Grupo Fazendo Certo (Group Doing Right) and non-governmental organization Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) in support of victims of violence, in […]