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English Foundations II, Quarter 2

(Back to Quarter 1, ahead to Quarter 3)

Day 46*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print the worksheet and correct the punctuation.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about beginning sentences with conjunctions.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 47*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 14 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. Where did Smaug go? Who stood up to him, and how did he know what to do? What was everyone talking about at the end of the chapter?

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 48*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and complete the worksheet on homophones and homographs.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about the three ways to end a sentence.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 49*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 15 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. Who brought the dwarves news of Smaug’s death? Who came to the front gate, and what did the dwarves tell them?

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 50*

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

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

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

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 51*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 16 of “The Hobbit.”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about this chapter. What secret plan did Bilbo form? Why did he do it? Who did he meet near the end of the chapter?

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 52*

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

Proofreading
1. Play extreme sentence surgeon!

Grammar
1. Watch the video about punctuating lists.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 53*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 17 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 did Thorin react when he found out what Bilbo had done? Who came to attack them unexpectedly? Who came at the end to help?

Vocabulary
1. Try spelling the vocabulary words.

Day 54*

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

Proofreading
1. Practice your punctuation by playing Punctuation Speed Check.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about commas in correspondence.
2. Watch the video about commas in space and time.
3. Practice!

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

Day 55*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 18 of “The Hobbit.”
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about this chapter. Why didn’t anyone see Bilbo? Who died? Where is Bilbo going, and with what?

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 56*

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

Proofreading
1. Play the proofreading game.

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

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 57*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 19 of ‘The Hobbit’. This is the last chapter!
2. OPTIONAL: Listen to someone read the chapter.

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. Where did Gandalf go during their adventure? What was happening in Bilbo’s hobbit-hole when he got home? What did he use his magic ring for? Did he end the book happily, or unhappily?

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 58*

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

Proofreading
1. Play The Semicolon Wars: The Fight for Punctuation Island.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about more uses for commas.
2. Watch the video about commas in dialogue.
3. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 59

Today, watch the animated version of The Hobbit.

If you are not able to watch the movie, skip to the next day of school.

Day 60

Writing/Reading
1. You are going to write a 1 page essay about “The Hobbit.” Open your document and read all of the sentences you wrote. This should help refresh your memory of the book.
2. This essay is NOT a book report. You have to write more than just what happened in the story. You will write what this story is about. Themes and motifs are two ways to look at the main idea of a book. A theme is a central idea that is repeated throughout the book. A motif is a symbol that is repeated throughout the book. Motifs are used to help explore the theme.
3. One example of a theme used in “The Hobbit” is courage and heroism. Bilbo does not look like what the dwarves think of as a hero. Gandalf says there is more to him than meets the eye, but even Bilbo thinks that he is not a hero. As the story goes on, Bilbo begins to learn that maybe he has what it takes to be a hero, after all.
4. One example of a motif in “The Hobbit” is treasure. The dragon stole the dwarves’ treasure. The dwarves are going on a journey to get their treasure back. At the end of the book five armies battle to get the treasure. Bilbo talks about thinks that he treasures more than gold and jewels.
5. Take a look at this list of themes in “The Hobbit.” Choose one of them (or come up with your own) to write your essay about.
6. Create a new document and title it “The Hobbit Essay.” Today write your thesis statement and three supporting arguments. A thesis is the main idea of your essay and it should be something you are trying to convince your reader is true about the book. The supporting arguments are examples from the book (that you will later write a paragraph about) that help show that your thesis is correct.

For example, if your thesis statement is that greed caused the most problems in “The Hobbit,” your supporting arguments might be:

  1. Greed is what made Smaug attack the dwarves.
  2. Being unwilling to share their treasure is why the dwarves were thrown in the elven dungeons in Mirkwood.
  3. Everyone wanting as much gold as they could get is what started the battle of five armies.

You will have several days to complete this essay.

Day 61

Writing/Reading

1. Take a look at how to format an essay. For this class, your header should look like this:

Your Name
English Foundations
Month Day, Year

2. You might notice that correctly formatting your essay will spread your writing out over the page. A one page essay isn’t as much writing as you thought!

3. Let’s look at structuring a literary essay. Scroll down to the part that says ‘introduction’ and read it.

4. Today you will write your introduction. Write a universal statement about “The Hobbit” to begin your essay. Look at your supporting arguments from yesterday to find ideas for your body sentences. You need to explain enough so that the reader will understand your thesis statement (which goes at the end of your introduction).

Day 62

Writing/Reading

1. Today we will work on the body paragraphs of your essay. Scroll down to the section that says ‘body paragraphs’ and read it.

2. You will need to add details and information to support each of your supporting arguments. One good way to do that is to include quotes from the book. (Here is a link to the book. Don’t forget that you can search within the book by using ctrl+f to help you find specific parts quickly.) Quotes can only make up a part of your paragraph. You still have to explain why that quote matters to your main point.

Try to write at least half of your essay body today.

Day 63

Writing/Reading

1. Finish writing the body paragraphs of your essay today.

Day 64

1. Scroll down to the section about how to write a conclusion and read it.
2. Write the conclusion of your essay.

Day 65

1. You need to revise your essay today.
2. First, run your spell check and look for any words you might have spelled incorrectly.
3. Next, check capitalization. Every proper name and the beginning of each sentence should have a capital letter.
4. Check your punctuation. Make sure each sentence ends in a punctuation mark. Make sure your quotes have quotation marks at the beginning and the end.
5. Read through your essay. See if you need to add anything or change any words so that it makes sense.
6. Have a parent or adult read your essay.

Day 66*

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

Reading
1. Today we are beginning a new novel: “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” by Jules Verne. This book was originally written in French and has been translated multiple times. Some translations made a lot of changes to the book. We will be reading the 1877 translation, which was done by Frederick Amadeus Malleson, and was more faithful to the original than some others.
2. Read chapter 1, “The Professor and His Family.”

Writing
1. Create a new document. Title it “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” In it, write at least two sentences about the chapter. Who was the professor and where did he live? What was he a professor of?

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 67*

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

Proofreading
1. Play Spellaroo.

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

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 68*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 2, “A Mystery to Be Solved at Any Price.”

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. What did the professor have that he was so excited about? What was special about it? What did the professor not do at the end of the chapter that was so unusual?

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 69*

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

Proofreading
1. Play Extreme Sentence Surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the introduction to the apostrophe.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 70*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 3, “The Runic Writing Exercises the Professor.”

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. What is the professor trying to do? What does Axel accidentally reveal to the professor? What does the professor think of it? Do they succeed in their efforts?

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 71*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the pdf and fix the paragraphs.

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

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 72*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 4, “The Enemy to be Starved into Submission.”

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. What did Axel’s uncle say they would not do until they interpreted the mysterious document? What did he do while he was waiting? How did he react when he interpreted the cipher?

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 73*

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

*Proofreading
1. Print page 1 of the PDF and find the 10 errors.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about apostrophes and plurals.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 74*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 5, “Famine, then Victory, Followed by Dismay.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. What did the Professor do when he came back? What did Axel decide to do? What changed his mind? Why did the Professor want him to pack?

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

Day 75*

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

Proofreading
1. Play punctuation speed check.

Grammar
1. Watch the introduction to the possessive.
2. Watch possession for words ending in ‘s’.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 76*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 6, “Exciting Discussions about an Unparalleled Enterprise.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. Why does the Professor want the message kept a secret? What arguments did Axel use to try to convince him that the journey was impossible?

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

Day 77*

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

Proofreading
1. Play sentence surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about plural possession.
2. Practice.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 78*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 7, “A Woman’s Courage.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about this chapter. How did Gräuben react when Axel told her his uncle’s plans? Is it what Axel expected? Why were they leaving so quickly?

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 79*

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

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

Grammar
1. Watch the video about its and it’s.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 80*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 8, “Serious Preparations for Vertical Descent.”

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. How many different transports did they take in this chapter? Is there difficulty in getting to Iceland? What did we find out Axel is afraid of?

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 81*

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

Proofreading
1. Play sentence surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about the history of the apostrophe.
2. Watch the video about the history of the possessive apostrophe.

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 82*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 9, “Iceland! But What Next?”

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. How long was it going to take to sail to Iceland? How did the Professor enjoy the voyage? What did Axel think of Iceland?

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 83*

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

Proofreading
1. Play sentence surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about the linking function of the colon.
2. Watch the video about the colon as a separator.
3. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 84*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 10, “Interesting Conversations with Icelandic Savants.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. Why were there so few books in the Icelandic library? Why couldn’t the professor find any books by Arne Saknussemm? What did the professor pretend he and Axel would do in the volcano?

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 85*

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

Proofreading
1. Play sentence surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the introduction to the semicolon.
2. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 86*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 11, “A Guide Found to the Centre of the Earth.”

Writing
1. Open your document and add at least two sentences about the chapter. Who was Hans? What equipment did they pack for their expedition? What time did they wake up to begin?

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 87*

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

Proofreading
1. Play sentence surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about semicolons and complex lists.
2. Practice!
3. Practice again!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 88*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 12, “A Barren Land.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. Why was Axel not worried anymore? What did they see as they traveled? What did Hans have for the horses to go on at the end?

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

Day 89*

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

Proofreading
1. Play sentence surgeons.

Grammar
1. Watch the video about italics and underlining.
2. Watch the video about using quotation marks in titles.
3. Practice!

Vocabulary
1. Match the words to their definitions.

Day 90*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 13, “Hospitality Under the Arctic Circle.”

Writing
1. Open your document and write at least two sentences about the chapter. Where did Axel and the professor spend the night? What kind of food did they eat? Where did they sleep the next day? How far are they from their destination?

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.

(Go back to Quarter 1, move ahead to Quarter 3)