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English Foundations

Hello! English Foundations is a course intended to help you practice skills you need for reading, writing, and communicating in the future.

Materials for English Foundations: pencils and paper

A day with an asterisk (*) means there is something for you to print.

Day 1*

*Handwriting
1. Make a worksheet with your full name on the top line. Print it and trace the words, then practice by writing your name on each line.

Reading
1. This year we will be reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Today, read Chapter 1.

Writing
1. Create a document on your computer and title it “Secret Garden Notes.” In it, write one sentence about this chapter. What is the most important thing to know or remember about this chapter? (Save this document! We will be using it for a while.)

Vocabulary
1. Read the vocabulary and definitions for Chapter 1. (Look at them at least twice, there will be a quiz later.)

Day 2*

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

Spelling
1. Click on the bottom button (All Phonemes) to practice spelling, then click and drag the phonemes to finish the words. Phonemes are groups of letters that make specific sounds in words.

Grammar
1. Read this review of the parts of speech.
2. Play this game to practice parts of speech. Un-check prepositions, we’re not doing that today. Play the game at least twice, try to beat your score.

Vocabulary
1. Go practice with the vocabulary. Here is a list of all the words you need.

  • bewilderment
  • disgracefully
  • fretful
  • stammer
  • tyrannical

Day 3*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 2.

Writing
1. Open ‘Secret Garden Notes’ and add at least one sentence. What happened in this chapter? What do you think is important to remember?

Vocabulary
1. Go read the vocabulary for Chapter 2. Make sure you look at each word at least twice!
2. Mary is described as contrary, meaning she disagrees with others and does the opposite of what she is asked to do. How does she react when she is called contrary? Do you think her response shows that she is or is not contrary?

Day 4*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete the copywork for today.

Grammar
1. Take this quiz on adjectives and adverbs.
2. Play Word Invasion. Uncheck prepositions and set falling speed to slow!

Vocabulary
1. Practice with the vocabulary for Chapter 2. Here is a list of the words:

  • contrary
  • discomfit
  • impudent
  • rockery
  • sallow
  • scorn
  • unresponsive

Day 5*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 3. We don’t have any new vocabulary words for this chapter, but there are some words that might be hard for you to understand. That’s because the author wrote some of the dialogue using a dialect. She tried to write what it sounded like when people with a Yorkshire accent spoke. If you get stuck, try reading the dialogue out loud. You might be able to figure out what it means.

Writing
1. Open ‘Secret Garden Notes’ and add at least one sentence about this chapter. What has happened?

*Grammar
1. Print page 1 of this quiz and complete it. (It should be easy!) Turn in your work.

Day 6*

*Handwriting
1. Print and complete your copywork for today.

*Grammar
1. Print page 1 of this grammar quiz and complete it.

Spelling
1. Play spell check to find the misspelled words. Today, choose easy!

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 and complete the crossword. All of the answers are the vocabulary words you have studied.

Day 7*

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

Reading
1. Read the first half of chapter 4. (Stop after page 42, as soon as Martha leaves.)

Writing
1. Open ‘Secret Garden Notes’ and add at least one more sentence. What did we learn about Mary in this part of the chapter? What is Mary going to do?

Vocabulary
1. Study the vocabulary for chapter 4. Look at the words at least twice.

Day 8*

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

Grammar
1. Take the quiz about object and subject pronouns.
2. Try and fix the sentences. Check your answers and click ‘Go On’ until it tells you you are done.

Vocabulary
1. Practice with the words from chapter 4. Here is a list of all of them:

  • disdainfully
  • haughty
  • humiliation
  • imperious
  • indignant
  • obsequious
  • sentiment
  • unrestrained

Day 9*

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

Reading
1. Read the second half of chapter 4. (Remember, just after Martha left.)

Writing
1. Open ‘Secret Garden Notes’ and add a sentence about today’s reading. Who did Mary make friends with? What mystery did she learn about?

Vocabulary
1. Look at the vocabulary for the rest of Chapter 4. Remember, read each word at least twice!

Day 10*

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

Grammar
1. Take the quiz and use the correct pronouns!
2. Fix the problems in the sentences. Check your answers and click ‘Go On’ until it says you are done.

Vocabulary
1. Practice with the vocabulary from part 2 of Chapter 4. Here is a list of the words – it’s a short list!

  • desolate
  • meddlesome
  • surly
  • warrant

Day 11*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 5 of The Secret Garden.

Writing
1. Open your document and add a sentence about today’s reading. What is happening to Mary? What has she noticed?

*Vocabulary
1. Print and complete this matching quiz for Chapter 4’s vocabulary words. Do you remember what they mean?
2. We are combining the vocabulary for chapters 5 and 6, since there are not many words. Study the vocabulary words. Be sure to read them all at least twice!

Day 12*

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

*Grammar
1. Print page 1 and take this quiz about irregular verbs.
2. Take the sentence quiz. Are these full sentences, or fragments?
3. When we write down what a person says it is called dialogue. Dialogue has special punctuation rules! Take the quiz and see if you can find the dialogue with the correct punctuation.

Vocabulary
1. Practice with the vocabulary words from chapters 5 and 6. Here is a list of them:

  • distinguish
  • languid
  • persist
  • rambling
  • resent

Day 13*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 6.

Writing
1. Open your document and add a sentence about chapter 6. What interesting thing has happened? What do you think about it?

*Vocabulary
1. Print page 1 and complete the crossword puzzle. DON’T FORGET, the list of words is on Day 12.

Day 14*

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

*Spelling
1. Read the spelling strategies tips #1-5.
2. Print the spelling worksheet. Figure out which words are spelled incorrectly, and write the correct spelling after the sentence.

*Grammar
1. We’re going to learn about two types of sentence mistakes today.

  • The first type is a sentence fragment. A fragment is not a complete sentence because it does not have a subject and a predicate.
  • (Examples: “A big green palm tree.” and “Running from the cat.” These can be corrected by giving them the part they are missing, for example “A big green palm tree stood in the yard.” and “The squirrel was running from the cat.” )
  • The second type is a run-on sentence. A run-on sentence is a sentence that should be divided into two separate sentences.
  • (Example: “I like chickens they are so cool.” This should be, “I like chickens. They are so cool.”)

2. Print page 1 and follow the directions.

Day 15*

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

Reading
1. Read chapter 7 of The Secret Garden.

Writing
1. Open your document and add information about this chapter. What did Mary realize about herself? What did she find that was important?

Vocabulary
1. We are combining vocabulary from the chapters again. Read through the words for chapters 7 and 8 at least twice!

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