After reading “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane, you were assigned a number (or numbers). This number corresponds to a numbered section in the story. Your task is to write a ONE sentence summary of your assigned section (or sections). Add your summary to this document:
After you finish your summary, use the following links to work on grammar practice in advance of Tuesday’s Test. A brief description is given for each site to help you choose which one you want to work with and how to navigate it:
This first is from the learning blog at the New York Times. This link contains multiple blog-style entries, each one with a different piece of editing practice. The advantage to this site is that everything you edit is in context; the correct answers shown are from actual pieces published in the New York Times. Another advantage is that you get immediate feedback for your answers after you choose a selection. The disadvantages are that you cannot target your practice to help with specific skills, and that after the first few entries, the others have to be clicked on in order to open them.
This next site, from Education World, has a ton of practice working with a variety of edits in actual paragraphs–more like the format of the test. When you click on the link, you will see a long list of paragraph topics on the left hand size. Choose them one by one. When they open, you will see a paragraph that needs correcting and the highlighted answers just underneath. Quickly scroll the page down so that the answers are covered. Read the paragraph and identify as many errors as you can and then compare it to the answers. The advantage to this site is that, format-wise, it is similar to the test. Each paragraph contains a variety of errors for giving lots of practice. The disadvantage is that answers are easily accessed and not hidden so it is easy to peek before you have really tried.
The last reference site is an excellent source for targeted practice. This link starts you in sentence editing, but I also encourage you to check out the paragraph edit button from the top of the screen. If you want more practice in various topics, choose different buttons, read through the tutorials and then do the practice. This site’s advantages include the targeted nature of the practice, helpful tutorials before you practice, immediate and specific feedback on your answers and ease of navigation. The only disadvantage here is that it is hard to find practice that mixes many different grammatical problems together, which is more what the test will look like.
You should spend at least 20 minutes going through various practice problems.
Review the presentation, or your notes, from April 14. Write one multiple-choice style test question related to our short story unit or to passage editing and leave it in the comment section below. Mrs. Petersen will use these entries to write a Kahoot quiz, which we will take in the last ten minutes of class.