Are you sick of my little grammar videos yet? I hope not–I’ve got another one:
I think these are fun because they take important grammar rules and add some fun to them. Who knows, maybe one of these will stick with you. Besides, you never know when these tips will come in handy.
You should be finished with (or nearly finished with) The Scarlet Letter by now. Make sure that you’re ready for a multiple choice test on this novel on Day 2. Then I’ll announce a project on the novel and we’ll spend a week or so discussing themes and major points before you’ll have another test on the material–this time a short answer/essay test (which is what most of my tests will look like this year). Don’t wait until after school starts to get this novel read. 🙂
If you’re looking ahead to textbooks, etc, let me give you a head’s up on what we’ll need right away. We’ll start by discussing The Scarlet Letter (which you should already have) and will then move onto Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Next up we’ll move to the textbook to work on works from early America. All of this will happen in about the first month of school, so you should be sure to have them on hand by the time school starts. If you don’t have a copy of the latest edition of the MLA Handbook, you’ll need to have a copy in this month, too. This is a reference tool that you’ll refer to whenever we’re doing formal writing. Once you buy this, you should hold onto it until you graduate (though you’ll use it in English classes in college, too). You won’t have to buy a new copy each year. I’ll give you a warning about upcoming novels as we get closer so that you can have them ready when you need them. 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!