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Daily English Grammar and Writing Practice with Fun ELA "Missions" [FLEX]

Your mission, should you accept, is to write better sentences & learn grammar with FUN MISSIONS! Discover EVIDENCE and REPORT FINDINGS in your ELA Detective Log. You'll be AMAZED with what you can do with the Head Detective's training!
Ms. Ganley
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Class Experience

Grammar is best taught through authentic reading and writing.  Learners will be exposed to both fiction and nonfiction texts and will analyze Mentor Sentences.  Students will learn from these mentor authors and discover how they structure and craft sentences.  By reading with a critical eye, the elements and techniques that established authors use help young writers learn how to put words together in a compelling way.  

By the end of this class, lessons will have addressed the following grammar and writing skills:  
Writing:  revising, editing, creative imitation

Grammar:  nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, articles, homophones, subject, predicate, types of sentences, commas, capitalization, conjunctions, compound words,  figurative language such as alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, and more!
Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Bachelor of Arts, Education

Certified Standard Secondary Education (6 -12th)
Highly Qualified English, ESL Endorsed

Certified Standard Career and Technical Education and Training - Education Professions

Certified Standard Elementary Education (1 - 8th)

Approved Areas: English as a Second Language K - 12, Middle Grades 5 - 9
 Adjunct Faculty
· Introduction to Education, EDU 221
· Cultural Diversity, EDU 230
· Children's Literature, EDU 291
· The Art of Storytelling, EDU 292

 Educators Academy Presenter:  Teaching Elementary Writing

Adjunct Faculty for Continuing Education
TESL/ESL Instructional and Assessment Methods
Foundations of Instruction, Advanced SEI Methods
Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners
Classroom Management, Maintaining an Effective Learning Environment 
Most daily activities should be completed within 10 - 15 minutes, not to exceed 30 minutes - unless combining several days at a time.

NOTE:  These directions are detailed, but they are presented in a structured and super simple chart for learners to follow.  I will provide illustrated examples and models for ELA Detectives to use when recording their findings in their ELA Detective Log (spiral notebook).  As always, I am available to meet LIVE for additional support.  Just let me know!

A Detailed Class Format Example:
Mentor Sentence (CLUE): “Hippo and Fluffy rolled on the ground giggling and laughing until tears came to their eyes.”  
[From  "A Porcupine Named Fluffy" by Helen Lester] 

Day 1  Invitation to Notice
What part of the story was the CLUE discovered? 
MISSION Task: Search for the evidence of all proper nouns - highlight yellow
MISSION Task: Search for the evidence of ending punctuation - circle punction mark
MISSION Task: Search for the evidence of all capital letters - underline twice
[Students will be asked to "log" their findings.  Head Detective (teacher notes) included for copying.]

Day 2  Invitation to Notice 
MISSION Task: Search for the evidence of the subject - underline once
MISSION Task: Search for the evidence of a compound subject - highlight blue
MISSION Task: Search for the evidence of conjunctions - highlight pink
[Students will be asked to "log" their findings.  Head Detective (teacher notes) included for copying.]

Day 3  Invitation to Revise  or "MAKE IT SOUND BETTER"
We don't change the entire sentence because it is already a GREAT sentence.  We simply add to it so that it "sounds better."
MISSION Task:  Add an adjective to describe "the ground"
MISSION Task:  Add an adverb to tell “how” they rolled (on the ground)
MISSION Task:  Add an adjective to describe "their eyes"
MISSION Task:   In your best handwriting, rewrite the Mentor Sentence with revisions.
[Students will be asked to "log" their new sentence. Head Detective (teacher notes) included.]

Day 4  Invitation to Imitate ~ the best form of flattery!
Using the Mentor Sentence as a model, students create a totally different sentence.
MISSION Task:  include a compound subject in your new sentence
MISSION Task:  include two adjectives in your new sentence
MISSION Task:  include a preposition in your new sentence
BONUS MISSION Task:  make your new sentence "interrogative"  (a command)
[Students will be asked to "log" their IMITATE sentence.  Sentences will vary.  The Head Detective (teacher ) will include sample sentences and support for developing writers to use if needed.]

Day 5  Invitation to Edit
This time, ELA Detectives will see the Mentor Sentence written INCORRECTLY and will be asked to find the errors and make editing marks, then rewrite the sentence correctly in their best handwriting.  Last, Detectives will play a short KAHOOT game to "Show What They Know" as they practice answering questions related to the Mentor Sentence in a format that is commonly found on standardized tests.
[Students will be asked to "log" the CORRECTED Mentor Sentence.]
 2 files available upon enrollment
Detective Kit Materials: 8.5 X 11 COLLEGE RULED spiral notebook (plastic cover is best, I like the Five Star brand) Fine or chisel-tipped highlighters, assorted colors (Sharpie Highlighters) Pencils Scissors Glue
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students will have an opportunity to play a short game of KAHOOT, which is an approved OUTSCHOOL resource and is COOPPA-compliant for learners under the age of 13. 

If learners choose to participate in the teacher-created Kahoot game, all they need to do is click on the link to start.


Ms. Ganley
Lives in the United States
Lessons with Ms. Ganley
48 total reviews
93 completed classes

About Me

Dear Outschool Familly,
My name is Ms. Ganley.  I am a dual-certified Elementary and Secondary Teacher, Highly Qualified in English, CTE Education Professions, with K - 12  ESL Endorsements.   

I grew up in the midwest when things were very... 
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