Mrs. Patton * English I Honors * 2016-2017
This Week in English I Honors
Next week we will be working on academic paragraphs and an essay analyzing characterization and theme in "Harrison Bergeron". I encourage you to read the short story yourself so you can discuss it with your student.
The Word Within the Word
I want to avoid having the students simply memorize rote definitions to unfamiliar words. Since the lists make heavy use of etymologies the definitions make sense and seem logical. Thus vocabulary is presented not as a set of lists of words but as a system of thinking, a way of building, analyzing, spelling, pronouncing, using, and choosing words. Just as a distant galaxy of stars appears in the telescope as a single luminous astronomical object, so this system is the vocabulary system which appears as a fascinating language object, composed of thousands of sparkling words and word pieces. In this method, the system is not offered as a mere way of learning words, rather the example words serve to illustrate and expand the system in the student's mind.
I have had many students come visit me after leaving my class to tell me how knowing the stems has helped them in other courses and on college-level tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests.
Throughout the week I offer opportunities for the students to use and study the stems. Also, study sites such as Quizlet.com let students create flashcards and practice tests.
Poetry Out Loud
On Monday the students will be looking through the poems on the Poetry Out Loud website to pick a poem they would like to memorize and recite to the class and possibly take to the Boone competition in November. I encourage you to look at the poems with your child to help him or her pick the right fit.