7th period Fund. of Language: Yes, this post is for you!

Why hello there, 8th graders!

I hope you don’t feel left out for not being addressed on this site very often, but I’m sure you (and especially your parents) can understand it’s because I have mostly high school stuff going on here and like to keep things separate as much as possible.

I do, however, feel the need to post for your benefit today. I’ve just finished grading your Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections Test (see PB for your scores) and think it’s important that I communicate a few things to you ASAP. I’m assuming that the handful of you who follow me on Twitter will catch the 7th period reference in this post’s title and get a heads-up on this info before I share it with all of you on Monday.

First, I assessed your performance on the test a little differently than I had stated in the directions. It’s rare that I do this, but as always I’m happy to explain the philosophy behind the decision. You’ll get an explanation with your test when it’s handed back on Monday, but for now rest assured that (1) It didn’t HURT anyone’s grade, and (2) in several cases it HELPED people’s grades.

     Second, it seems quite evident that prepositions gave most of you more trouble than the other concepts on the test. We’ll obviously need to address that (and some study skills that could help you avoid only doing well on the most recently covered material on each test, which is an emerging pattern…) in class, but for now you can go here to see a helpful review that groups prepositions into meaningful categories. 

     As a final thought, many of you did do fine on the test (and subsequent usage quiz, which has also been graded and is in PB). By following up here, I’m simply covering as many bases as possible to ensure you get a noticeable benefit out of this class. That said, PLEASE don’t hesitate to make an appointment with me to get extra help during lunch, after school, or during 2nd period. If I’m unavailable during the only time(s) you can meet, I can try to work something out with one of my seniors who is good with grammar to act as a peer tutor for you.

See everyone on Monday! Thanks for reading if you’ve gotten this far.



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