What Did I Miss? 10/14/10

Seniors: Document your random acts of chivalry this weekend! It would be dishonorable not to.

1st, 4th, and 9th period listened to a retelling of The Wife of Bath’s Tale (fear not, 2nd period, you will get to hear it on Monday). Each of you should read your textbook’s excerpt of the WOB Prologue & Tale (starting on p. 161) over the weekend.

Some notes you may wish to bring to class on Monday can be downloaded from this post; however, I must warn you that they contain spoilers. Use your own judgment as to the appropriate time to read them. 🙂  Here they are: The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale Notes

Finally, don’t forget that you’ll take a vocabulary quiz on Monday. Speaking of which, have you noticed that list #7 includes several groups of cognates? You may have an innate knack for spotting such things, or perhaps a nascent ability to do so. Either way, you cannot feign good study habits once the quiz is on the desk in front of you… so if you’ve previously been a degenerate in that department, work on transfiguring your work ethic. Doing so is likely to engender a happier life for you.

Pre-AP: We’re taking a short break from literature to polish up on some grammar and writing skills. Today’s focus was correct usage; we will continue with this for a few more days before taking a test over commonly confused words at the end of next week. I apologize that for copyright reasons I cannot post here the packet I handed out in class today — but I do have copies of it waiting for you in the room if you were not there to get one today.

Students who missed class today for the pond study, here’s what you can do to catch up:

1.) Click on the Grammar Girl Podcast link on the left side of this page.

2.) Click on the “Word Choice” link in the orange banner at the top of the page (directly beneath the “Grammar Girl” heading).

3.) Listen to or read the following episodes: “affect” vs. “effect” (#121) and “a while” vs. “awhile” (unnumbered; this one also covers “already” vs. “all ready” and “all right” vs. “alright”).

4.) Take notes on them in the Writing and Grammar section of your binder (include the rules and any exceptions that are outlined along with an example of each in context).

5.) In the notes mentioned above, jot down the following indisputable truth:

ACCEPT is a verb that means “to take willingly something that is offered or bestowed”,

while

EXCEPT is usually a preposition that means “not including” or “other than”. It helps some people to think of the letter “x” in the word crossing out the thing not included (or, ahem, EXCluded… see the connection?). It can also be used as a conjunction in certain cases.

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