the Literature and
Composition 7, 8 and 9 Assignment Page
These are the assignments for the afternoon Literature
and Composition 7, 8 and 9 classes taught by Helen.
Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4:15 PM
Sept. 14 –
What do you already know about lions- or best guess
*Vocabulary Building – mane, popular, colonel, Kenya, bear, cougar, rabies’
Between ten and twenty, difference between things; larger than;
look different from
*Word forms – weigh, weight; usual, usually, unusual; different, difference
*Idioms- go without; tell (things) apart; without question
*Extending use of vocabulary
*Critical thinking skills
*Writing complete, correct sentences using information from the story.
Sept. 21 & 28 –
The Many Faces of Medicine
What do you know about acupuncture – or best guess
*Vocabulary Building: alternative, scientific, approaches to
Itchy, drippy, ache, advise, advice, herbal, argue, practice medicine;
independent, holistic, interconnected, massage, relieve, tension, practices’
Pharmaceutical, chronic, reflexology, modern, remedies, research, unconventional,
prestige, biofeedback, hypnotism, homeopathy, chiropractic,
Amazing, muscle, symptoms, allergies, recently, recognition, complement, compliment,
*Word forms: effect, effective; succeed, successful; hope, hopeless, hopelessness;
contradict, contraction; pharmacy, pharmaceutical;
Alternate, alternative; prove, proof; treat, treatment; herb, herbal, herbalist;
Search, research, researcher; feedback, biofeedback; suspect, suspicious,
*Sentence writing with attention to punctuation.
Using “such as” to give examples.
Homework for Sept. 28: Research two natural products used in alternative medicine.
*Work on paragraph form and write a paragraph.
October 5 & 12
Mysteries “The Marie Celeste”
Predicting: What might happen to a ship when it goes across the ocean?
Mystery, crew, appearance, deserted, inspect, violence, damage, clues, diary, explanation,
huge, octopus, curse, voyage, sank, shook, processed, ingredients, eventually, except, risky, leak,
shortage, bored, century, entry, fact, opinion
*Finding the Main Idea
*Critical Thinking Skills – Thinking beyond the Text, Finding the difference between fact and opinion.
*Writing – Stating an opinion.
October 19 & 26
The Easter Island Statues
Giants, cliffs, realized, statues, huge, isolated, solemn, inhabitants, crater,
palm trees, theory, purpose, prevent, opposite, realized, volcano, contagious disease, lined the entrance,
hostile, absence, forbid, accept, continent, identical
*Word forms, continent, continental; inhabit, inhabitants; mystery, mysterious; visit, visitors;
isolate, isolation, prevent, prevention; giant, gigantic; locate, location, absent, absence; forbid, forbidden; hostile, hostility; enter, entrance
*Find the main idea
*What is true? What is false?
*Answering in complete sentences
November 2 & 9
Mystery of the Monarchs
Journey, insect, explanation, wonder, tagged, tracked, within, imagine, generation,
reproduces, offspring, cycle, watch, creature, deserted, descendents, eager,
Event, inspect, participate, definition, connect, conjunction, similarity, expected, explosion, vanished, lacked, tremendous, contrast
Similar, similarity; tiny, tinier; imagine, imagination; produce, reproduce; legal, illegal; crowd,
crowded; danger, dangerous; explain, explanation; centre, central;
*Use words in New Context
*Finding the Main Idea
*Using Conjunctions: and/but
*Singular and Plural forms – spelling
*Word Forms: verb, noun, adjective
*Regular and Irregular verbs – use in sentences
*Write a Descriptive Paragraph – a mystery you’ve heard or read about
November 16 & 23
The History of Money
November 30 & December 7