Homework and Class Work for
4th Pd: Will Quisenberry, Emma Newton, Brandon
ENG III: The Cultural Impact Kenney
Monday, November 21, 2011 5th Pd: Madison Bowman, Lukkas Collins, Jaimee Harty,
Hayle Morehouse, Jaylia Purnell
INDEPENDENT WORK: most popular of contemporary plants are the Dracaena
marginata, whose long sword-shaped leaves are edged
Amsco’s ACT Intentional Review PPT Slides #17- with a reddish tinge.
Find the Main Idea of Each Paragaph What is this paragraph about?
Read the following information. Take notes, recording
the most important and helpful information. These will The first sentence mentions plant leaf shapes. The next
go in the Class Notes Section of your notebook. two sentences give specific examples of plants and the
shape of their leaves.
The main idea of a paragraph is the most important thing
the writer has to say about that idea. The answers to Main idea: shapes of plant leaves. If a test question
many ACT test items are based on the main idea of a asked about plant leaf shapes, you would turn first to this
paragraph or a passage. Some ACT questions ask paragraph for an answer.
directly for the main idea.
The first step is to read the passage once. As you read,
think about the main idea of each paragraph. Once you Plant leaves come in various shapes, but sometimes a
know the main idea, you know where to look for plant is distinguished by the arrangement of its leaves on
the stem rather than by their shape. The oval leaflets of
information about a specific topic. If there is a test item
about a particular topic, you can then go directly to the the Brassaia actinophylla radiate out from one point on
appropriate paragraph. The main idea of a paragraph is the stem, whereas the leaves of the Pleomele reflexa
usually in the first or last sentence, so look there if break out from the center head in a rosettelike effect.
you’re having a hard time figuring out a paragraph’s What is this paragraph about?
This paragraph seems very similar to the paragraph in
Once you know the main idea, write it next to the the first example, but the main ideas are different. The
paragraph in your test booklet. Then read the questions first sentence in example 2 mentions plant shapes and
one at a time and return to the passage to find the leaf arrangements, and the last sentence gives specific
answer. Having labeled your paragraphs will make it examples of leaf arrangements.
much easier to find answers to the questions.
Main idea: leaf arrangements and plants. If a test
EXAMPLE 1: question asked about leaf arrangements in plants, you
Plant leaves come in various shapes. Among the most would first look to this paragraph for an answer.
distinctive leaf shapes are the fanlike, tooth-edged
foliage of the Fatsia japonica and the deeply lobed leaves
of the ubiquitous Philodendron selloum. But among the
1. Read the attached PPT slide over Agreement Rules 4,5,and 6. Memorize the pronouns and to which category
2. Read “The Mending Wall” by Robert Frost on pages 1002-1003 of literature book. Use Poetry Analysis
handout (attached) to complete a written analysis of the poem. Turn in for credit.