*Class Available on Outschool. The link to the page is through the Outschool.com link, next to my email at the bottom.*
I know that grammar can be scary and most times hard to understand. But it’s not as hard as you’ve grown to believe. It’s a tiny lizard that you have turned into a fire-breathing dragon in your mind.
In this eight-week course, learners will discover articles, conjunctions, five parts of speech, semicolons, apostrophes, and ten forms of figurative language. Each class will begin with a teacher-led lesson. I will start no later than one minute after the start time, so please be punctual. During the lesson, learners will take notes. I will ask clarifying questions as well as answer them along the way. After the lesson learners will complete comprehension questions followed by the weekly activity. Some activities are more time-consuming than others and will therefore be completed outside live class meetings. Learners are to turn in their activities no later than the day before the next week’s class. Learners’ comprehension will be measured through Kahoot! games, Google Forms, and conversation. Activities vary from Jam Boards, comic strips, mad-libs, scavenger hunts, and more.
**This course is the live version of the Flex class, Grammar Geeks.**
Here is the weekly breakdown:
Week One – What is Grammar?
<Lesson – Learn the who, what, when, and why of grammar.
<Comprehension – Learners will complete a Google Form with four questions.
<Activity – Learners will participate in a collaborative Jam Board to answer and discuss the following questions: “What do you hope or expect to learn in this class?” and “Why are you taking this course?”
Week Two – Articles and Conjunctions
<Lesson – Learn what articles are and how to use them properly. Learn the FANBOYS conjunctions and how to use them.
<Comprehension – Learners will complete an Iron Man worksheet on the conjunctions to ensure learners can properly use each before putting it into practice in the activity.
<Activity – Learners will take part in a collaborative comic strip with a partner. In their comic strip, learners will use each article and conjunction one time. One learner will be in charge of drawing while the other writing. Learners will share their completed comic strips with the class through the Outschool Classroom.
Week Three – Parts of Speech =
<Lesson – Learn the commonly used five parts of speech: noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective. Learn what they are and how and when to use them.
<Comprehension – Learners will participate in a collaborative Kahoot! game
<Activity – Learners will complete a mad-lib.
Week Four – Semicolons =
<Lesson – Learn what a semicolon is, when to and not to use it, and how to use it properly.
<Comprehension – Learners will complete the Peas In a Pod activity. Learners will be given a link to a document with twelve parts of sentences. Their job is to decide which two peas – two parts of a whole sentence using a semicolon – go together. Learners will share their answers in the Outschool classroom.
<Activity – Learners will take part in a Literature Scavenger Hunt to find the use of semicolons in literature found in their home. They must find three examples. Learners will share their findings in the Outschool classroom.
Week Five – Apstrophes =
<Lesson – Learn what an apostrophe is, does, and how to use it properly. <Comprehension – Learners will complete a Google Form with five comprehension questions to ensure proper use of the apostrophe before taking part in the activity.
<Activity – This week learners will take part in a Wacky Creations activity. Each learner will create the strangest contraction they can imagine and share it in the Outschool classroom. After ensuring each contraction is correct grammatically, I will assign a different contraction to each learner (one they did not create themselves). Without any more information than the created contraction, learners must create a complete sentence using the contraction to the best of their knowledge. After all the sentences are shared, the creators will explain if their contraction is used properly. Last, we will attempt to string each sentence together to create a coherent paragraph/story!
Week Six – Figurative Language (1) =
<Lesson – Learn five forms of figurative language – alliteration, pun, metaphor, hyperbole, and allusion. What they are, what they do, how and when to use them properly.
<Comprehension – Learners will complete the questions Dave asks throughout the lesson. For each question, learners will write down the answer on paper in secret. When all answers have been written, the teacher will ask for the answer. At this time, each learner will hold up their answer to the camera for checks.
<Activity – Learners will participate in a Movie Scavenger Hunt. Learners will be paired up to find two examples, not shown or mentioned in class, of each form of figurative language and share it with the class. Learners may use films they own or clips they can find on the internet. Learners will share their findings in the Outschool classroom.
Week Seven – Figurative Language (2) =
<Lesson – Learn five more forms of figurative language – symbolism, cliche, onomatopoeia, personification, and simile. What they are, what they do, how and when to use them properly.
<Comprehensnion – Learners will complete the questions Jane asks throughout the lesson. For each question, learners will write down the answer on paper in secret. When all answers have been written, the teacher will ask for the answer. At this time, each learner will hold up their answer to the camera for checks.
<Activity – Learners will then take partake in a Music Scavenger Hunt. Learners will be put into groups of two or three to find two examples of each form of figurative language, but they cannot be from the same genre of music. For example: finding a cliche’ in a rap song. The second cliche’ cannot come from another rap song but must come from a different genre. Learners will share their findings in the Outschool Classroom.
Week Eight – Project = Learners will take what they have learned and make something creative and original. They may complete the project on their own or with a partner. Here are the criteria:
1 – Five different aspects must be displayed
2 – Only three “items” from each class. (Week six has 5 forms of fig. lang. Learners cannot take all five from one week and build their project on those alone)
3 – If choosing to include figurative language, learners can use material from one of the two weeks, not both.
4 – Must be original. I have Googled a lot and done massive amounts of research while creating these classes. I will know if you Googled something. Please don’t.
5 – Have Fun!
I look forward to helping you turn your thirty-foot, toothy, fire-breathing dragon back into the cute lizard of grammar it was meant to be.