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Vocabulary and Conventions Standards:. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

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    1. Vocabulary and Conventions Standards: • Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede). • Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.

    2. Speaking and Listening Standards • SL.8.4. Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. • SL.8.6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

    3. What am I learning today? • How do knowledge of STEMS and ability to use context clues help me to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words? • What are gerunds and infinitives, and how can I use them to improve my writing? • How can I use other writers’ work to improve my own? • How will I show what I learned? • Create a word map to synthesize a symbol for each STEM and write an original sentence containing a STEM word with a context clue to the word’s meaning. • Use gerunds and infinitives to create more vivid images. • Share emulation poems based on “Identity.”

    4. Agenda for August 27, 2012 • WARM UP: Three minute journal writing using absolutes and participial phrases. • STEMS: Increasing vocabulary through knowledge of word parts and use of context clues • SHARING“Identity” poems with note-taking • HOMEWORK: • Complete STEMS word maps (DUE WEDNESDAY). • Vocabulary QUIZ Friday

    5. Journal Warm Up: Describe this scene using as many absolutes and participial phrases as you can.

    6. You have two minutes to share your writing with your partner.

    7. WHAT ARE “STEMS”? STEMS are parts of words borrowed from other languages. STEMS may be roots, prefixes, or suffixes. Latin and Greek are the most common source languages from which English has borrowed.

    8. How can STEMS help me? Knowledge of the meaning of STEMS, along with use of context clues, can help you to decipher the meaning of many unfamiliar words you encounter. Mr. Morley’s sagacious advice has often prevented disastrous mistakes by the committee.

    9. What do I have to do for each STEM? Learn the meaning of the STEM Find words that include the STEM, and examine how the meaning of the STEM contributes to the meaning of the whole word. Create a colorful illustration for the meaning of the STEM Correctly use one of the words based on the STEM in a sentence which includes a clear context clue (NOT A DEFINITION). WORD MAPS ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAY. Be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of the STEM and your ability to use context clues on an assessment on FRIDAY.

    10. Sharing “Identity” Emulation Poems Take out a clean sheet of paper. Write each presenter’s name. As you listen carefully to each presenter, record the metaphorical representation for “self” and “others.” When you hear something (a phrase, and image, a sound device, etc.) that particularly appeals to you, jot it down.