Course: Grammatical Kingdom

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Course Description

In this course, students battle various Disney villains as they attempt to take over the Grammatical Kingdom. Each packet contains lessons, homework, and a final battle challenge. The lessons lend themselves to any grade-level adaptation. Villains posted (thus far) -Scar, the Run-on Villain -Ursula, the Appositive Phrase Witch -Captain Hook, the Participial Phrase Pirate -Collective villain’s capitalization quiz -Villain Dialogue review -Jafar, the Prepositional Phrase Sorcerer -Maleficent, the Villainous of Verb Tense -Cruella DeVil, the Comma Kidnapper -Prince John, the Parenthetical Phrase Prince -Hades, Lord of Colons, Hyphens, and Dashes -Yzma, the wannabe-Emperor of Complex Usage (including Who/Whom) -The Evil, Apostrophe Usage, Queen/Hag -Shere Khan the Subject-and-Verb-Agreement-man-cub-hating ferocious feline -Jumba, the Intergallactic Comparative/ Superlative Snatcher -Monstro, the Misplaced Modifying Whale -Big Bad, The Redundancy Rascal -Lady Tremaine, Pronoun/Antecedent Antagonist -Review with Chernabog -Villain Poster project (with exemplars) Enjoy, and happy writing! -Mr. G.

Units and Lessons

Run-On Resources: 3

Scar, the run-on villain can be stopped using four different techniques: add end punctuation, add a semi-colon to relevant clauses, add a comma and coordinating conjunction, and add a semi-colon transition word comma. Simba helps students through their homework, reminding them to double check their work. Students enjoy reading the sentences in the voice of Scar and Simba, and if time allows, and the students do well on the final quiz, allow them to watch a 30 second youtube clip of Simba defeating Scar. Students do not need background knowledge of the Lion King to be successful.

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Appositive Phrase Resources: 4

Ursula, the appositive phrase witch, must be stopped. Lessons are divided into introductory, interrupting, and concluding appositive phrases. Flounder helps students through their homework, reminding them to double check their work. Students enjoy reading the sentences in the voice of Ursula and Flounder, and if time allows, and the students do well on the final quiz, allow them to watch a 30 second Youtube clip of Ursula’s demise. Students do not need background knowledge of the The Little Mermaid to be successful.

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Participial Phrase Resources: 2

Captain Hook, the participial phrase pirate, must be stopped. Lessons are divided into introductory, interrupting, and concluding participial phrases. Peter Pan helps students through their homework, reminding them to double check their work. Students enjoy reading the sentences in the voice of Captain Hook and Peter Pan, and if time allows, and the students do well on the final quiz, allow them to watch a 30 second Youtube clip of Captain Hook getting chased by the croc! Students do not need background knowledge of Peter Pan to be successful.

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Capitalization Resources: 6

The Cheshire Cat lesson was co-created with a student of mine, Tyvonna Bradley during a Summer School internship. HW worksheets to follow.

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Dialogue Resources: 3

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Prepositional Phrase Resources: 3

Jafar, the prepositional phrase sorcerer, must be stopped. This unit is divided into two lessons. The first asks students to identify prepositions, and the second asks students to identify two types of prepositional phrases: adjectival and verbal. All the examples relate to Aladdin, the Disney movie, but students do not require content knowledge to be successful. The final assessment is a battle with Jafar. Hidden amongst a battle scene with Aladdin and Jafar are 40 prepositional phrases. If the class average is 85 or higher, allow your students to watch the 30 second Youtube clip of Jafar being defeated.

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Verb Tense Resources: 3

Maleficent, the villianous of verb tense, must be stopped. This unit is divided into two lessons and a review day. The first asks students to identify simple tense, and the second asks students to identify perfect tense. All the examples relate to "Sleeping Beauty," the Disney movie, but students do not need the content knowledge to be successful. The final assessment is a battle with Maleficent. I've also included a verb tense Mad Minute for review! If the class average is 85 or higher on the battle, allow your students to watch the 30 second Youtube clip of Maleficent being defeated.

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Comma Placement Resources: 3

Cruella DeVil, the comma kidnapper, has always had a thing for spots. Why just the other day she was laughing about her diabolical plot to make a spotted fur coat from leopards, cheetahs, and Dalmatians. Lately, it seems she’s taken her obsession with spots to a whole new level, snatching commas, too. To stop this villain we must put the commas back in the right place and restore peace to the Grammatical Kingdom. This week of lessons features commas in a series, commas in a date, and commas in geographical locations. Just added: commas when adressing an individual and commas when using Yes or No.

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Parenthetical Phrase Mini Unit Resources: 3

Prince John, from Disney’s Robin Hood, robs from the poor to give to the rich. He’s also a sniveling, groveling, and whiny brat who convinced his brother, King Richard, to take off on crusade so he could take the throne of England in his brother’s place. Prince John loves to interject and uses parenthetical phrases to do so. The problem is he does so without using commas to separate the parenthetical expression from the rest of the sentence. We will learn how to identify a parenthetical and how to punctuate them as well.

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Using Colons, Hyphens, and Dashes Resources: 2

Hades, God of the Underworld and Lord of Colons, Hyphens, and Dashes has been itching to get his blue claws on you: the heroes of the Grammatical Kingdom. But fear not! Use these easy-to-understand rules and you will triumph in the battle—this Friday! Unit includes classwork and homework.

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Further/farther,Affect/Effect, Right/Write/Rite, Who/Whom Resources: 4

Yzma, the wannabe-Emperor of Complex Usage, has taken over the Grmmatical Kingdom. Use these rules and a few tricks of the trade to defeat her and take-back the kingdom! The unit includes two days worth of lesson, homeowrk problems, and a grammar battle.

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Apostrophe Usage Resources: 2

Like the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the apostophe comes in two forms: contractions and possession. Students fight the Queen and Hag by learnning the rules for contractions and when to use an 's or a s'. At the end of the lessons, students battle The Evil, Apostrophe Usage,Queen in a grammatical battle. If the students do well, I show the clip of the Queen being defeated on youtube. Happy Writing!

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Subject and Verb Agreement Resources: 3

Shere Khan from Disney’s The Jungle Book is used to doing things his way, and in his jungle he prefers that there is a great deal of turmoil. One way he ensures this is that the subjects and verbs of a sentence do not agree. This will not stand in the Grammatical Kingdom! In this week of study, students are able to make subjects and verbs agree when they are next to one another, when there are intervening phrase, and through the different tenses.

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Comparative/ Superlative Resources: 2

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Usage Review: I vs. Me Resources: 1

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Misplaced Modifiers Resources: 1

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Redundancy Resources: 1

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Review Resources: 6

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Project Resources: 11

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Pronoun/ Antecedent Agreement Resources: 2

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