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Simple Sentences

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, students, parents, and teachers,
We've reviewed the eight parts of speech, and we're ready to tackle the sentence.
Start by studying the following document on simple sentences:
Simple Sentences (PDF — 108 KB)
Now let's play some fun games! (You get to pick.)
That's all for this week!
Next week's lesson will be on complex sentences.
Continue to enjoy the summer break!
Write Cook

Conjunctions and Interjections

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM Comments comments (1)
Hello, students, parents, and teachers,
Today's lesson is on conjunctions and interjections, and it's the last lesson on the parts of speech. Next week we'll begin tackling sentence structure.
First, watch the video clips on conjunctions and interjections from Schoolhouse Rock. (The conjunction song is awesome!)
Next, study the documents: "Seven Things to Know about Conjunctions" and "Four Things to Know about Interjections."
Then, visit Grammaropolis to see what they have to say about conjunctions and interjections:
Finally, take the Conjunctions Quiz I and Conjunctions Quiz II in
and complete the following easy exercise on interjections:
Piece of cake! Now let's go cool off with some ice cream.
Talk to you next week,
Write Cook


Posted on July 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, students, parents,and teachers,
On to prepositions!
First task, watch the following fun videos:
1- Schoolhouse Rock Prepositions
2- Preposition Song from Grammaropolis
Second, study my document "Ten Things to Know about Prepositions:"
Finally, try a couple of exercises from
You're all set! Prepositions are fun, aren't they? Next week we'll review conjunctions and interjections.
Let's continue enjoying the summer!
Write Cook

Review: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Verbs, & Adverbs

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Hello, students, parents, and teachers,

It's time to review what you've learned so far (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs). The following sites contain exercises and quizzes on the parts of speech. Search for exercises that target the parts of speech you've studied, and practice, practice, practice. Make sure to spend enough time on verbs and adverbs.

Play Grammar Ninja (skilled level) at:

Try the exercise on irregular verbs and the exercises on pronouns on:

There are many quizzes to choose from at this next site. Look for the ones on nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.

Next week's lesson will be on prepositions and prepositional phrases.

Continue to enjoy the summer!

Write Cook


Posted on July 2, 2013 at 12:32 AM Comments comments (0)
Hello, students, parents, and teachers,
This week's lesson is on ADVERBS. (Next week we will review verbs and adverbs, so continue studying the document on verbs.)
First, study the following document on adverbs:
Five Things About Adverbs (PDF — 170 KB)
Second, visit, read the information on adverbs, and watch the fun video. 
Third, write five sentences using adverbs to describe your favorite sport or summer activity (the video on adverbs from Grammaropolis will help).
Fourth, have a totally awesome FOURTH OF JULY!
Much love,
Write Cook


Posted on June 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, students, parents, and teachers,
Summer is officially here, and I trust you're all enjoying it as much as I am.
Before starting today's lesson, take a quiz on adjectives from to see how much you remember from last week:
Today's lesson is on verbs. Your goals are to be able to identify verbs and use them in your writing. I prepared a document titled "10 Things to Know about Verbs" for you to study. Take your time with this lesson and ask an adult to help you if you don't understand something. 
10 Things About Verbs (PDF — 178 KB)
Once you feel confident about your knowledge of verbs, try the following exercises:
Last, but not least, write 10 sentences about your favorite summer activities and underline the verbs.
Example: I swim in my neighborhood pool every morning. 
Enjoy the warm summer days!
Write Cook

Nouns, Pronouns, & Adjectives

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, middle school students, parents, and teachers,
Let's begin today's lesson by checking to see how well you can identify and classify nouns. Try the following exercises:
Classifying Nouns (key) (PDF — 57 KB)
Identifying Nouns (PDF — 64 KB)
More great resources:
When you get to the site, click on:
1. Singular and Plural Nouns
2. Count Nouns vs. Non-Count Nouns
3. Possessive Nouns
4. Pronouns
Practice using who and whom:
Now let's move on to ADJECTIVES:
An adjective is a word that modifies (describes) a noun or a pronoun.
Study the following presentation:
Adjectives (PDF — 333 KB)
and go to grammaropolis to read the information on adjectives, watch the video, and play the word-sort game:
Your assignment:
1- Make a list of fabulous adjectives to describe the nouns in your life.
Grace: affectionate, brilliant, one-eyed, tabby cat
2- Search for grammar games on the Internet.
Talk to you next week!
Write Cook

Nouns and Pronouns

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, middle school students, parents, and teachers,

I trust you are all enjoying the summer break -- I know I am!

As promised, starting today, I will be posting weekly review lessons on the parts of speech and sentence construction. 

Why is it important to spend the summer brushing up on grammar skills? Because the middle school language arts curriculum focuses on the writing process (composition of paragraphs, narratives, essays, and such) and the development of critical thinking skills -- not on grammar. It is assumed that students have learned basic grammar skills in the elementary grades, so very little explicit grammar instruction takes place during the school year. The summer months provide an opportunity to review the basics and get ready for the higher-level writing assignments that will need to be tackled when the new school year begins.

Thank you for choosing to take advantage of this opportunity. This review will help you start the new school year with motivation and confidence. Keep in mind that you'll be working independently. You are the one choosing to become a better student and a better writer. No one can do it for you. Be proud of that and move forward with your education. 

If you have questions about the lessons, email me ([email protected]). 

Let's get started.

To understand sentence structure you need to be familiar with the parts of speech. This week we will review nouns and pronouns. 

Nouns are the names we give to persons, places, things, ideas, and feelings. 

Pronouns are placeholders for nouns. 

Your goal is to be able to identify the different kinds of nouns and pronouns. Here are your instructions:

1- Read and study the following WriteCook documents:

NOUNS (PDF — 235 KB)

Possessive Nouns with Key (PDF — 116 KB)

Spelling Plural Nouns (PDF — 135 KB)

2- Visit the following awesome website, read the information on nouns and pronouns, watch the videos, and take the quizzes:

3- Play a couple of nouns and pronouns games:

4- Assignment: Make a list of nouns in your life. Classify each noun (is it a proper noun? a common noun? an abstract noun? etc.). 

5- Have fun.

Much love,

The Write Cook 


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM Comments comments (0)
Students, parents, and teachers,
During the summer months (June - July - August), I will be posting weekly review lessons on the parts of speech and sentence analysis and construction. These lessons will be especially helpful to students who will be entering the 6th grade, 6-8 students with writing difficulties, and second-language learners. The first lesson will be posted Monday, June 10, with lessons posted every Monday or Tuesday afterward, for a total of 12 lessons.
Much love,
Write Cook

Completing the Fictional Narrative

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, writers and teachers,

Summer break is only six days away! Yay!

During these last days, you will be completing the first draft of your fictional narrative (if you haven't done so already), applying the five-step revision process to your work, and publishing your totally awesome story in your school's website. 

As you revise, think of yourself as an artist adding the finishing touches to a beautiful painting.  

Here's the five-step revision process:

Revising the Narrative (PDF — 1 MB)

and a couple of checklists:

Narrative Checklists (PDF — 56 KB)

Can't wait to read your finished stories!

Happy writing,

Write Cook

P.S. It's getting hot! Stay hydrated by eating lots of fresh fruit.