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WELCOME TO SENTENCE SENSE

8th grade ELA Delivered Online Spring 2012 Mrs. Latosha Bacon

Last Revised March 19, 2012

CONTACT
Instructor: Latosha Bacon Telephone: 229-364-2286 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. E-mail: sentencesense@gmail.com You should contact me at the e-mail address listed above or send me a message while you are logged into the class. I will reply to you within 24 hours. Please use Sentence Sense in the subject line of all emails.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This

course is 100% online. This course will provide an understanding of sentence structure. You will engage in learning modules that instruct you on the correct use of sentence structure. Things you should know: Sentences- complete sentences and fragments Technology-basic computer skills; word processing, accessing the internet; downloading, uploading, and attaching documents.

PROCEDURES
This

course will be hosted on http://sentencesense.wikispaces.com. will be posted once per week on Monday, and all module work is due by 8:00 P.M. Friday. assignments will receive a five point deduction.

Modules

Late

Updates

will be placed in the Notifications section of the Home page.

MORE PROCEDURES
Saving Assignments: Save all documents with your last name, first initial and title of the assignment. Ex: BaconLsentencequiz Submitting Assignments: Assignments will be turned in via email at sentencesense@gmail.com. Discussion Area: You are expected to post and respond in the discussion area weekly according to the course calendar.

INTRODUCTION

Course Objectives Following completion of this course, you will be able to: Identify the clauses (independent and dependent) Identify the types of sentences (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex) Revise run-on and choppy sentences and develop sentences using correct punctuation and appropriate conjunctions

From Georgia Performance Standards (GPS): ELA8C1 The student demonstrates understanding and control of the rules of the English language, realizing that usage involves the appropriate application of conventions and grammar in both written and spoken formats. The student: b. Analyzes and uses simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences correctly, punctuates properly, and avoids fragments and run-ons. e. Demonstrates appropriate comma and semicolon usage (compound, complex and compound-complex sentences).

ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION

Detailed descriptions and grading rubrics for each assignment will be provided at the appropriate point during the semester. Be sure to follow the rubric elements carefully as you prepare your assignments.

GRADING INFORMATION
Grading Information Required Course Assignments:
Discussion Board Posts Quizzes Test Total 30 points 30 points 40 points 100 points

Grading Scale

A: 90-100 B: 80-89

C: 70-79
D: 60-69 F: 59 and below

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTIONS
Discussion Board Posts Each week you will receive a discussion topic. You are expected to make an initial post and respond to the number of students specified in the directions. Quizzes After completing the tasks in each module, you will take a Study Island Quiz. Test For your final assessment, you will write an essay on the topic provided.

SCHEDULE
Module 1 In this module, you will become familiar with the course format, syllabus, and other resources. TASKS

Activities: View the Edmodo tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlS095dHTEk

Visit the class website on Edmodo


View the syllabus, course tools, and other videos Read and sign the online netiquette (behavior) policy.

Discussion: Post a brief description of yourself on the discussion board. Complete the Study Island pretest

SCHEDULE
Module 2

Lesson 1: Conjunctions In this lesson, you will learn about coordinate and subordinate conjunctions. Learning Objectives : Identify the conjunctions TASKS Activities: View Video lecture -Conjunctions (FANBOYS-Rap, Subordinate Conjunctions) View/print handout- Conjunctions Practice: Visit interactive websites listed on www.trackstar.com: http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/grammar/conjunction/quiz350.html http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/8-3punc.html Discussion: Create a poem, rap, or song that explains coordinate and subordinate conjunctions. Respond to at least one other classmate. Complete the Study Island quiz (scores will recorded and viewed by me)

SCHEDULE
Module 2

Lesson 2: Dependent and Independent Clauses In this lesson, you will learn the difference between independent and dependent clauses and how to punctuate various sentence structures. Learning Objective: Identify clauses and punctuation used to combine sentences TASKS Activities View Video Lecture- Clauses View/print handout- Clauses Practice Visit interactive websites listed www.trackstar.com: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/indep_clause_quiz.htm http://www.csus.edu/owl/index/sent/clause_quiz.htm

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SCHEDULE
Module 2

Lesson 3: Punctuation In this lesson, you will learn the difference between independent and dependent clauses and how to punctuate various sentence structures. Learning Objective: Identify clauses and punctuation used to combine sentences

TASKS Activities View video- Punctuation View/print handout- Punctuation on www.trackstar.com http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/04/ Visit interactive websites on www.trackstar.com http://www.quia.com/quiz/300690.html?AP_rand=474188279 http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=Section-Q--Semicolon-practice Discussion: Locate an online newspaper or magazine article. Provide a link to the article on the discussion board. In a word document, type five sentences from the article that contain conjunctions. Label the clauses as independent or dependent, and label the conjunctions subordinate or coordinating. Upload the word document to the discussion board. Review ONE classmates posting and provide feedback. Complete the Study Island quiz (scores will recorded and viewed by me)

SCHEDULE
Module 2 Lesson 4: Sentences In this lesson, you will learn the four sentence structures. Learning Objectives: Identify sentence structures Revise run-on sentences Develop sentences with varying structures. TASKS Activities View Video Lectures- Sentences (Simple Sentences, Compound Sentences, Complex Sentences, Compound-Complex Sentences) View/print handout-Sentences Visit interactive websites that provide feedback www.trackstar.com http://users.ipfw.edu/blythes/teach/toolkit/sentype.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgishl/quiz.pl/sentence_types_quiz.htm Discussion: Examine the impact that varied sentence structure has on you as a writer and a reader. Respond to at least one other classmate. Complete the Study Island quiz (scores will recorded and viewed by me)

SCHEDULE
Module 3
TEST This is the final module of this course. In this module, you will write an essay and submit it via e-mail. The topic for your essay is: Tell how your middle school experience has changed you. The draft must contain at least 10 simple sentences, 8 compound sentences, 6 complex sentences, and 4 compound-complex sentences. Use the rubric below to make certain that you will receive your points. Submit your final draft as an attachment via e-mail to sentencesense@gmail.com.