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English Foundations II

Hello! This is a continuation of the English Foundations course. English Foundations is intended to help you practice skills you need to read, write, and communicate in the future. We will focus on improving handwriting, spelling, grammar, and writing skills.

We will also be reading the following stories this year:

  • “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
  • “The Feeling of Power” by Isaac Asimov
  • “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

A day marked with an asterisk (*) means you have something to print.

Day 1*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

Reading
1. We will begin reading a short story called “The Most Dangerous Game.” This story was written by American author Richard Connell in 1924. Today, read the first part of the story.

Writing
1. Create a new document. You are going to be doing some creative writing! Rainsford was shipwrecked on a mysterious island, and found a huge château there inhabited by a peculiar general. Imagine that you were shipwrecked on the same island. Write about your shipwreck and what you did when you arrived there.
2. Save this document. We will continue your story soon.

Vocabulary
1. Log in to Quizlet. We will be using this site all year long and if you don’t log in it won’t let you do some of the activities..
2. Take a look at your new vocabulary words. Be sure to read the definitions at least twice.
3. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 2*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

*Proofreading
1. Sometimes people online do NOT use the best spelling and grammar. Print this worksheet and try and correct the posts.

Grammar
1. We will continue our grammar lessons where we left off. Today, watch the video about indefinite pronouns.
2. Practice!
3. Practice with vague pronouns.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 3*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

Reading
1. Read Part 2 of “The Most Dangerous Game.”

Writing
1. Open your document. What a shocking revelation Rainsford received! Write how you would react in your encounter with General Zaroff.

Vocabulary
1. Take a look at your new vocabulary words. Be sure to read their definitions at least twice!
2. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 4*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

*Proofreading
1. See if you can make sense of some more social media posts. Print the worksheet and try to rewrite the posts with correct spelling and grammar.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about emphatic pronouns.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 5*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

Reading
1. Read the final part of “The Most Dangerous Game.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write an ending to your story. Imagine you were being hunted. What would you do? Do you think your hunt would turn out better or worse than Rainsford’s?
2. Be sure to have a parent read it.

Vocabulary
1. Take a look at your new vocabulary words. Read the definitions at least twice!
2. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 6*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

*Proofreading
1. Here are more social media posts for you to try and make sense out of. Rewrite the sentences as best you can!

Grammar
1. We are moving on from pronouns to modifiers. Today watch the video about adjectives.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 7*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

Reading
1. Today you are going to read the short story “The Feeling of Power” by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in 1958 and is a science fiction story, set some time in the far future.

Writing
1. Create a document and write three paragraphs about the story.

  • In the first paragraph, write about the story. This should include the author, title, and what happens in the story. What great discovery was made? What was it going to be used for?
  • In the second paragraph give your opinion. What do you think about the story? What do you think it would be like to live in a world where no one knew how to do math without a computer or calculator? Do you think their plans are smart or silly?
  • This story talks about what might happen if people lose skills by relying too heavily on technology. Do you think that is happening today? Can you think of a skill that people are starting to lose? In the third paragraph give your opinion on whether you think this story could happen in real life. Tell why or why not.

Vocabulary
1. Take a look at your new vocabulary words. Be sure to read the definitions at least twice!
2. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 8

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

*Proofreading
1. This is your last social media worksheet. Print the page and try to rewrite the sentences correctly.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about articles.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the vocabulary words to their meanings.

Day 9*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

Reading
1. Today we are going to start reading “The Hobbit.” It was written by English author J.R.R. Tolkien and first published in 1937.
2. Read the first part of chapter 1. (Click on the right hand page to turn it.) Stop reading after the dwarves’ second song on page 19, “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold.”

Writing
1. Create a new document and title it “Hobbit Notes.” Write at least two sentences about this chapter so far. What kind of home does Bilbo live in? What does Gandalf want from him? Do you think the dwarves are good guests?

Vocabulary
1. Take a look at your new vocabulary words. Be sure to read their definitions at least twice!
2. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 10*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

*Proofreading
1. Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently, depending on their meaning. Print the worksheet and circle the correct word to use in each sentence.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about the difference between definite and indefinite articles.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 11*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

Reading
1. Read the rest of chapter 1. Begin on page 20, after the song. (“The hobbit felt the love of beautiful things…”)

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two more things about the chapter. Why did the dwarves come to Bilbo’s house? What did they want him to do? Why were the dwarves going to the Mountain?

*Vocabulary

1. Print page 1 of the PDF and solve the crossword puzzle.

Day 12*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete today’s copywork.

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the pdf and fill in the correct homophone.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about adverbs.
2. Practice!
3. Practice using adjectives and adverbs.

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling your vocabulary words.