We also worked on "Six Word Memoirs" and grammar. The seventh graders were introduced to "Glick the Grammar Guy" and "Glick the Grammar Girl." They are hanging (with tape) on the walls of the classroom. Who are they? They are devices to help students remember the eight parts of speech:
Nouns-on the arms because we can touch them (except ideas)
Adjectives-on the fingers because they give details about the nouns
Verbs-on the legs because they are action words (and state of being)
Adverbs-on the feet because they modify verbs, in general
Conjunctions-on the waist because they join (the top half to the bottom half)
Prepositions-on the ribcage because they show relationship (around the ribcage, etc.)
Interjections-on the face because they are spoken
Pronouns-NOT on the body because they are replacements for nouns. So sad.
Each student has a personal "Glick" in his or her journal.
Speaking of journals, we are creating our own textbooks in our journals. Students are creating a Table of Contents, and there is a section for reading response. These journals should stick like glue to my students. They will need them every day.
We are also learning two vocabulary words a day: irenic, skosh, holus-bolus, adust, bibelot, ripsnorter, marmoreal,daedal. Ah...we are getting so smart!