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Warm up 10 22 2012 wtk
Warm Up 10-22-2012 (WtK)

  • Comma: A punctuation mark (,) indicating a pause between parts of a sentence, an introductory word, an interjection, or items in a series.

  • Ellipses: 3 equally spaced periods used to mark an omission from a quoted passage or to reflect a pause or hesitation in speech.

  • Dash: A dash is a mark of separation stronger than a comma, less formal than a colon, and more relaxed than parentheses.

  • Denotation: refers to the literal meaning of a word, the "dictionary definition." For example, if you look up the word snake in a dictionary, you will discover that one of its denotative meanings is "any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions."

  • Connotation: refers to the emotions that are connected to or related to a certain word. The connotative meanings of a word exist together with the denotative meanings. Connotations can be positive or negative. The connotations for the word snake could include evil or danger.

    • Connotation may be personal (stemming from experience, such as connotations of swimming, which one person may associate with recreation or training for competitions, another with fear of drowning) or common to a group (such as emotions raised by the name of a political leader).

Warm up 10 23 2012
Warm Up 10-23-2012

  • Correct the following sentence:

    Paula was so proud of her newest invenshun a glow in the dark plunjer

Warm up 10 24 2012
Warm Up 10-24-2012

He or He?

When using pronouns, be sure your reader knows what those pronouns are referring to. Confusion can easily arise, especially if you’re talking about two men or two women.

Rewrite the following sentences so that the pronouns refer to one antecedent:

  • Melissa’s mom told her she thought she was too fat.

  • Mike and Peter played baseball; he hit a home run.

  • When Janie and Melanie went to lunch, she confessed that she had kissed Hank the night before.

  • George told Simon that he wanted to leave the party early.

Warm up 10 25 2012
Warm Up 10-25-2012

  • Identify the correct pronoun from the pair in parenthesis in each of the following sentences.

  • Mrs. Lang told Beth and (I, me) that our summer reading project is a good idea.

  • The author of Nothing but the Truth is also (he, him).

  • May Kim and I sit next to Terrence and (he, him).

    Revise each sentence by correcting each unclear pronoun reference.

  • The soldiers saluted the queen and her family as they passed.

  • Will Matt and Will be riding to the tennis tournament with his parents?

  • Adell often fixes breakfast for Mrs. Snyder before she goes to school.

Warm Up 10-26-2012

  • What is the best costume you ever wore for Halloween? Describe the costume and why you liked it so much.