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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.

(Do you need to go forward to Quarter 2?)

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.”
3. OPTIONAL: If you want, you can listen to someone read this chapter. Pause after “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” and save your spot.

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…”)
2. OPTIONAL: If you are listening, resume listening to chapter 1.

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.

Day 13*

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

Reading
1. Read all of chapter 2. (It is shorter than chapter 1.)
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read chapter 2.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least three sentences about this chapter. What did Bilbo do when he woke up? How did things go after that? What was the first adventure they had on their journey, and how did it turn out? Who saved the dwarves, and how did they do it?

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 14*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the pdf and find the correct homophones!

Grammar
1. Watch the video about relative adverbs.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 15*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 3 of ‘The Hobbit.’ Chapter 3 is even shorter than chapter 2!
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and write two or three sentences about this chapter. Where did they go, and what interesting new people did they meet? What secrets did the dwarves learn about the swords they took from the trolls, and what new secret did they learn about the map?

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 16*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print and complete the homophone worksheet.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about adjective order.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 17*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 4 of ‘The Hobbit.’
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least three sentences about the chapter. Why did the dwarves go into the cave? What found them there? Who did they fight? What happened to Bilbo at the very end of the chapter?

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

Day 18*

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

Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and find the right homophones.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about commas and adjectives.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 19*

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

Reading
1. Read the first half of chapter 5. Stop reading after Bilbo says “Time! Time!”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the chapter. Stop at the same place.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about this part of the chapter. Who did Bilbo find in the darkness of the caves? What game did they play and why?

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

Day 20*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and rewrite the paragraph. Be sure to correct errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Grammar
1. Learn about comparative and superlative adjectives.
2. Learn how to form superlative modifiers.
3. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 21*

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

Reading
1. Read the second half of chapter 5.
OPTIONAL: Listen to the rest of the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the rest of the chapter. What was Bilbo’s riddle? What was the thing that he found? How was Bilbo able to escape?

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the crossword puzzle.

Day 22*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete it. BE CAREFUL! Some of the words are already spelled correctly.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about intensifiers.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling your vocabulary words.

Day 23*

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

Reading
1. Read the first half of chapter 6. Stop reading after the wolves come into the glade (don’t read the paragraph that begins, “I will tell you what Gandalf heard.”)
OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the first half of chapter 6. Stop at the same point

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about this part of the chapter. What did Bilbo tell the dwarves had happened? What did he NOT tell them about? What predicament did they all end up in at the end of today’s reading?

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

Day 24*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and rewrite the sentences correctly.

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

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 25*

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

Reading
1. Read the second half of “The Hobbit,” chapter 6.
OPTIONAL: Listen to the second half of the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two more sentences about this chapter. What was going to happen to the dwarves? Who came to the rescue? Why did they do it?

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling the vocabulary words.

Day 26*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and correctly rewrite the paragraph.

Grammar
1. Practice with prepositions again.

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the crossword puzzle.

Day 27*

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

Reading
1. Read the first half of chapter 7 in “The Hobbit.” (Stop after Beorn says they deserve supper for their story and they say “thank you very much!”)
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the first half of the chapter. (Stop at the same place.)

Writing
1. Open your document and add two sentences about this part of the chapter. Who is Gandalf taking them to meet? Why did he want them to wait behind and follow him a few at a time?

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 28*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and correct the homophones.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about prepositions of time.
2. Watch the video about prepositions of space.
3. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 29*

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

Reading
1. Read the second half of ‘The Hobbit,’ chapter 7.
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the rest of the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two more sentences about the chapter. Where did Beorn go when he left them? Why was he so pleased when he came back? Where are Bilbo and the dwarves going next? What is Gandalf doing?

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the crossword puzzle.

Day 30*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print the first page of the PDF and find the correct homophones.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about prepositions that are neither about space nor time.
2. Practice with common prepositions.

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling your vocabulary words.

Day 31*

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

Reading
1. Read the first half of “The Hobbit,” chapter 8. Stop when it says the cries of the others got fainter, and Bilbo was “left alone in complete silence and darkness.”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the first half of the chapter.

Writing
1. Oh dear, Bilbo is in for it now. Open your document and write at least two sentences about this part of the chapter. What troubles did they encounter in the forest? What misfortune happened to Bombur? Why did everyone run off into the dark?

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 32*

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

Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and find the correct homophone.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about compound prepositions.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 33*

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

Reading
1. Read the second half of chapter 8.
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the second half of the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about this part of the chapter. Who has captured the dwarves? What does Bilbo do about it? And where is Thorin?

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling the vocabulary words.

Day 34*

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

*Proofreading
1. Homographs are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the worksheet.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about prepositional phrases.
2. Practice!

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the crossword puzzle.

Day 35*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 9 of ‘The Hobbit.’
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. What happened to the dwarves? What did Bilbo do? How did they finally escape?

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

Day 36*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and rewrite the paragraph correctly.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about terminal prepositions.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 37*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 10 of “The Hobbit.”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. How were the dwarves feeling after their escape? What did the people of Lake-town think of them? What did the dwarves ask them for?

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 38*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print the PDF and rewrite the letter correctly.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about coordinating conjunctions.
2. Practice.
3. Practice these, too.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 39*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 11 of “The Hobbit.”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about this chapter. What were the dwarves looking for? What did they do when they found it? Who was it that found the entrance, and what showed him the way?

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

Day 40*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print the worksheet and circle the errors in the letter.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about subordinating conjunctions.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 41*

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

Reading
1. Read the first half of chapter 12 of “The Hobbit.” Stop after you read, “Then Smaug spoke.”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the first half of the chapter. (Stop at the same place.)

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about this part of the chapter. What is Bilbo going to do now? What happens because of it? What do he and the dwarves have to do?

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

Day 42*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print the worksheet and circle the errors. Use the checklist to show which kinds of errors you discovered.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about subordinating conjunctions.
2. Practice with coordinating conjunctions!
3. Practice with both coordinating and subordinating conjunctions!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 43*

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

Reading
1. Read the second half of chapter 12.
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the second half of the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. What important thing did Bilbo discover about Smaug? What was the Arkenstone? What did Smaug do at the end?

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the crossword puzzle.

Day 44*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print the worksheet and circle the errors.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about correlative conjunctions.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling the vocabulary words.

Day 45*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 13 of ‘The Hobbit.’
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. What did Bilbo and the dwarves do? What special gift did Bilbo receive? Where did they go after they looked at the treasure?

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.

(Proceed to Quarter 2)