Week One Readings

Week One Readings

 

Dear Pat,

I’m so excited!  I start school at Laney College today!  My teacher is Mrs. Deborah Brooks.  My class has a lot of students from many countries.  We don’t have enough desks, but I like my classmates.  We don’t have a book for the class.  We do classwork in our notebooks, and we can use our computers.   That will be fun.  We read stories, and we write sentences every day.  The teacher writes on the board.  Sometimes I write on the board too.  My partner is smart and helpful.   We study very hard every day. We enjoy learning English.  Do you like your new college?  I hope to hear from you soon!

Love, Terry

Dear Terry,

How are you?  Your letter was very nice.  I thank you for writing to me.  I am on the volleyball team at my college now.   My coach is a tall and strong woman.  She makes us work very hard.  I run three miles every day, and I work out in the gym.  I am getting very strong and healthy.  In the United States, men and women play volleyball on the same team.  It is very strange for me.  Sometimes it makes me nervous, but it is good.

I am learning many things in college.  I understand more about American culture.  Everyone is very busy.  I am studying every day.  I am learning English.  People are very nice to me.  Strangers talk to me in the cafeteria.  I speak English with them.  I am meeting some new friends for coffee soon.

Please write to me again.  I enjoy your letters very much.

Love, Pat

Vocabulary

Nouns

Verbs

Propositions

Adjectives

Time words

Adverbs

school

Laney College

teacher

Deborah Brooks

class

student

country(countries)

desk(s)

classmate(s)

book

classwork

notebook(s)

computer(s)

story (stories)

sentence(s)

board

partner

English

thing(s)

college

letter(s)

volleyball

team

coach

woman

mile(s)

day

gym

United States

man (men)

woman (women)

culture

people

stranger(s)

cafeteria

friend(s)

coffee

 

start

be (am, is, are, was, were)

have (has)

do (don’t)

like

do

can

use

will

read

write (writes)

study (studying)

enjoy

hope

hear

thank

make (makes)

run

work out

get (getting)

play

learn (learning)

understand

talk

speak

meet (meeting)

find

 

at

from

for

in

on

about

to

with

 

excited

fun

smart

helpful

hard

new

nice

tall

strong

healthy

strange

nervous

good

American

same

busy

 

 

today

every day

soon

sometimes

 

 

so

very

together

again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pronouns Conjunctions Quantifiers
I

me

my

we

us

our

you

your

she

it

them

everyone

that

 

and

but

 

a lot of

many

much

enough

more

how much

how many

 

 

 

 

 

Capitalization

1.   Capital letters are bigger.  We always use a capital letter for the word “I.”  How many times does the story use the name “I”?    __________

 

2.  We use capital letters at the beginning of our sentences.   Find the capital letters at the beginning of sentences in the story.  There are 10 words (not “I”) that are used at the beginning of sentences with a big capital letter.  Can you find them?

 

______________________      _________________________            ______________________ ______________________       _________________________            ______________________  __________________      __________________     _________________     __________________

 

3.  “Proper Nouns” are names of things.  Find words in the story that have capital letters but that are not at the beginning of a sentence and are not the word “I.”   There are 10 words in the story that are proper nouns.  They are mostly the names of people and places.  Can you find them?

 

______________________      _________________________            ______________________ ______________________       _________________________            ______________________  __________________      __________________     _________________     __________________

 

Third Person Singular (the “s” form of a verb)

When we mean one person, but not “I” or “YOU,” we call it third (3rd) person.

When the subject is 3rd person, the verb needs an “s” in present tenses (not past or future).

 

Find some verbs in the story where the subject is not “I” or “you” or plural (we, people), and the verb has an “s” on it.  Copy the singular subject and the “s” form verb:

 

Subject – Verb                                               Subject – Verb

 

1.My teacher is                _   .          4.____________________          7.____________________

2._____________________            5.____________________          8.____________________

3._____________________            6.____________________          9.____________________

 

 

 

Dictionary Practice

  1. Find the word “choir” in your dictionary.  Copy the pronunciation___________
  2. Find the word “tear” in your dictionary.  How do you pronounce it when it’s a noun? _______________   How do you pronounce it when it’s a verb?______________
  3. Find the word “Light” in your dictionary.

How many definitions does it have? ____________

Circle all the parts of speech it has:  noun    verb   adjective   adverb   preposition

Write 6 words in your language that mean “light” in English__________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

  1. Look up the word break.  What is the past form? _______________
  2. Look up the word “get.”  How many definitions does it have? _____________________

After the definitions, in alphabetical order, you will see get about, get across, get ahead… These are called “phrasal verbs.”  They are verbs that have more than one word.  How many of these are there for the word “get”? ________________________________________

 

  1. Look up these grammar words that you need to know.  Write them in your language.

Look up (phrasal verb)___________________________________________________________

Look over_____________________________________________________________________

Look at_______________________________________________________________________

Alphabetical___________________________________________________________________

Definition_____________________________________________________________________

Mean________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Copy the pronunciation for these words:

Pronounce___________________________             Define____________________________

Pronunciation_________________________            Definition__________________________

 

**Note: if your dictionary doesn’t have parts of speech and pronunciation, you need a better dictionary!   On the computer, http://www.dictionary.com  is a good site.

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