Drill #11 September 14, 2009 Rewrite these sentencees in the literary present tense. Barack Obama told many stories of people he met who explained problems they had. Although they came from both ends of the political spectrum, they generally shared the same concerns. Barack Obama tells many stories of people he meets who explain problems they have. Although they come from both ends of the political spectrum, they generally share the same concerns. Objectives • Students will record notes on a presentation demonstrating how to avoid common grammatical and spelling errors. • Students will exchange essays and conduct peer editing using their notes to identify targeted mechanical errors. Essay Analysis: “The Scenic Route” Re-read and “mark up” Kristie Ferguson’s “The Scenic Route” following the guidelines and example on pp. 7-11. Summer Reading Assignment You should have used your dialectical journal notes as pre-writing for your first major writing assignment. A word-processed revision of this assignment should have been finished before Today. An edited final will be collected Friday. Your final draft should be two to five pages, typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font. Today we will conduct peer editing. The Literary Present (present tense) When writing about literature, we act as if events in the text are happening right now. Rainsford fell from the ship, but managed falls to swim manages to the nearby island. But first, we have some technical issues to discuss regarding your writing. Please open your notebooks to the “Class Notes” section. Remember, when you take notes, you don’t have time to write everything down. too many “o”s. To, Too, Two • Haven’t I told also alsoyou how to use “to, too, and two” right? • Haven’t I told you, too? • I have had to tell you two how to use “to, too, and two” correctly too many times. two to toward (like back ward and forward) twin, Twix, twelve, twenty Dont Don’tforget! Don’t be so negative! any I can’t get no satisfaction. any I don’t want no scrub. anything doesn’t He don’t know nothing. Be proper! Capitalize proper nouns (person, place, and other “one of a kind” names like “Ship Trap Island,” and “Baltimore.” Capitalize the first words of sentences. Capitalize letters in acronyms, like DMX and TLC. There is a place. Where are you? Where? Where? Here. Oh! You’re there! Here! I’m right here! I’m out of here. Contractions • Get your apostrophes straight! •It’s cute! –Possessive: Doug’s car •I’ll take it! –Mr. Gauld’s ride –Bob Jones’s hoopty •don’t forget the apostrophe –The girls’ bathroom They They’re are cute! They’re grammatical! Their Farm ei ei, ! yo! a lot man men womb woma n wome Formatting Titles • Poem: “Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?” • Short Story or Article: “On Their Own” • Book: A Lesson Before Dying • Periodical The Sun • Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Subject Verb Agreement: Present Tense • Plural present nouns usually end in an “s”. cows • Singular present verbs usually end in an “s”. drives The “s” is on either the noun or the verb, but not both. • Cows drive. • The cow drives. Characters’ Names Ceaser-Caesar Spell characters’ names correctly. They’re right in front of you, so this requires minimum effort. From now on, misspelling characters’ names and titles of works we are reading will cost you. Your, You’re, Yore • You’re having problems with your homonyms again. Here’s another one to watch. • Your: possessive • You’re: You are • Yore: times long past, “the day” Cause, Because • What caused his bad grade? • He failed because the teacher didn’t like him. • Was that the real cause? • Yes, that’s what caused it. • Why didn’t the teacher like him? • I think it was because he didn’t do any work in her class. Fill, Feel, • • • • • • • • Fell Did you get your fill? Yes, I’m filled. How do you feel? I feel full. Be careful, or you might fall. Ouch! I fell. How does that feel? It feels @%$&*# fabulous, fool! gonna Gonna-a colloquialism derived from the Standard English expression “going to,” used to indicate the future using present tense verbs. • I am gonna keep using “gonna.” • I’m going to take five points from anyone who does. wanna Mary: Hi, Juana! Wanna go to the club? Juana: It’s not wanna. Mary: Oh. Sorry. To whom am I speaking? Juana: It’s me—Juana! I’d love to go out. Mary: Why do you wanna say it’s not you if it’s you, Juana? Juana: It’s not wanna! It’s want to. Mary: Okay. You can bring Juan, too. Juana: (Sigh) I don’t think I want to go after all. Quotations When quoting from a text, copy precisely what appears in the text. Every capitalization, every space, every word the same. According to Mr. Gauld, quotes should be exact, and “Every capitalization, every space, every word” should be “the same.” Double Agents: Past tense verbs. • If my wife supposes I should go to the store with her, then I am supposed _________ to go. • If my wife uses me to carry groceries all of the time, I’ll used eventually get _______ to it. Iven want me! He don’t want your skanky butt! No. Iven wants me! He doesn’t want your ungrammatical butt. And that’s five points off your grade, too! Disagreement! pass, passed, past He passed past me in the hall without a pass. “I’m sorry,” I said, “I cannot let you past me.” He passed two years ago, hit by a car as he crossed the street after leaving school early without a pass. tough, though, through, throat, thought, throughout, thorough, threw The announcer, his throat dry from screaming throughout his thorough coverage of the game, poured a drink from the pitcher. He didn’t get a chance to drink it, though, as just then, the pitcher threw. He thought the batter would miss, but he smacked it right through the leftfield bleachers. Tough luck for the home team. Many of you are doing this: It was a death in the village. There It is a sink in the bathroom. There There It is a reason for that. What is that thing in the bathroom? It’s a sink, fool! The Mystery of the Missing Preposition Freddy told Shaggy to get out the van.