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Learning Activity
Title: 10th Grammar Unit: Agreement
Grade: 10
Designers: Tammy Wade


Introduction
Learning Activity Title   10th Grammar Unit: Agreement  
Learning Activity Annotation   The student will use on-line quizzes to assess his knowledge of subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.  
This Learning Activity Template is differentiated for (Optional):    
Category of Activity   Inquiry/Guided Inquiry 
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  • 10
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    Focus Standards
    Focus Standards   ELA10C1 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

    a. Demonstrates an understanding of proper English usage and control of grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, diction, and syntax.
    b. Correctly uses clauses (e.g., main and subordinate), phrases (e.g., gerund, infinitive, and participial), and mechanics of punctuation (e.g., end marks, commas, semicolons, quotation marks, colons, ellipses, hyphens).
    c. Demonstrates an understanding of sentence construction (e.g., subordination, proper placement of modifiers, parallel structure) and proper English usage (e.g., consistency of verb tenses, agreement).  
    Focus Standards   ELA10C2 The student demonstrates understanding of manuscript form, realizing that different forms of writing require different formats. The student

    a. Produces writing that conforms to appropriate manuscript requirements.
    b. Produces legible work that shows accurate spelling and correct use of the conventions of punctuation and capitalization.
    c. Reflects appropriate format requirements, including pagination, spacing, and margins, and integration of source material with appropriate citations (e.g., in-text citations, use of direct quotations,
    d. Includes formal works cited or bibliography when applicable. 
    Complementary Standards (Optional)
    National and/or Local Standards (Optional)
    National and/or Local Standards (Optional)   NCTE:

    4.
      Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
     
    5.  Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
     
    6.  Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
     
    8.  Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
     
    12.  Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

     
    Balanced Assessment
    Assessment Method/Type   1292 
    Assessment Title   On-line quizzes 
    Description/Directions   Students will complete a variety of on-line quizzes and decide for themselves how many of the other tutorials to complete. 
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    Student Work with Teacher Commentary
    Procedures, Directions, and Resources
    Duration   1 day 
    Directions and Procedures   Students should have access to the Internet and go to chompchomp.com (Grammar Bytes) for exercises related to subject-verb agreement. They may use up to five exercises on this topic; each exercise has a printable handout to keep up with answers as they work.
    If students need more review before beginning the exercises, they may go to the "terms" or "tips" sections of Grammar Bytes to get explanations at any time during the review. 
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    Web Resources (Optional)   chompchomp.com     Grammar Bytes - interactive grammar review website which includes PDF handouts that may be printed out.

    http://athena.english.vt.edu/~IDLE/Gym2/workout15/w15.warmup.html - Virginia Tech's Grammar Gym also has review and interactive quizzes to help students understand agreement. 
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    Materials and Equipment
    Materials and Equipment   Ideally, each student would have a computer with access to the Internet. They could also work in pairs with a computer to complete the interactive quizzes, discussing the answers with another student as they go. Another option is for the teacher to print the PDF documents from the "tips," "terms," or review quizzes for the students to use when access to the Internet is not available. One other brief subject-verb handout is attached. It could be used as an additional practice or a quiz. 
    Technology Connection/Integration (Optional)   All of the information related to this task comes from a website. The best way to complete this task is for every student to take the interactive quizzes for instant feedback on answers. 
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    Differentiation for Content, Product and Process
    Readiness (Recommended)   Students may spend as much time as they would like or feel is necessary on the "terms" and "tips" sections of the website before moving on to the quizzes. There are 5 quizzes available on this site, so a student may feel it necessary to do all of them or complete only one, depending on his comfort level with the topic. 
    Learning Profile (Recommended)   Students may use paper/pencil versions of the same quizzes if they do not feel comfortable with the interactive website. 
    Student Interests (Recommended)   Students with even a mild interest in technology will enjoy the interactive nature of the on-line quiz. One who might like more of a surprise or challenge could wait until the end of the quiz to receive feedback on the entire quiz. Another student might enjoy the more traditional approach of using the paper and pencil handouts from the website.
    Finally, a student may prefer the Grammar Gym from Virginia Tech instead of the Grammar Bytes website. The URL is attached. 
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    Uploaded file: Agreement Quiz.doc
     
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    Web Resources (Optional)   chompchomp.com
    Grammar Bytes - interactive grammar review website
    http://athena.english.vt.edu/~IDLE/Gym2/workout15/w15.warmup.html  - Virginia Tech Grammar Gym 
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