Rachael's English Worksheets

Rachael's English Worksheets
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

10 Masterpieces of Baroque Architecture

10 Masterpieces of Baroque Architecture
Women in Architecture have to work 10 times harder, but there is still hope for the future.  A student of mine chose this article to study and you might want to too!


Who finally finished the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane?
Why is St. Peter's 
What was the original function of the Les Invalides? 
What is it being used as now? 
How long was St. Peter's Cathedral the tallest building in London?
Why did UNESCO World Heritage Sites designate the The Zacatecas Cathedral? 
Which site is the most beautiful? 
Why is it important to study the Baroque period? 
Why is was it difficult to restore Baroque buildings after fires? 
Who finally built the facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela?

Key terms
leading  - one of the most important people 
 facade - the part that faces the street
symmetry - looks the same on both sides 
obelisk - a small monument
dome- a big half sphere
veteran - the fighter from a war
vowed = a strong promise
severely  - almost destroyed
basilica - another name for dome of a church

baroque bo roke
spread spred
triumph  tri  um f
Catholic cath lik
Protestant pro te stnt
visual vizh ua l
 facade  c is s sound
colonnades col lon ades
erected e rec ted
contemporary  con tem po ra ri
Cathedral Ca the dral
severely se ver li
grandeur gran dur
façade  c is s sound
Romanesque  accent on ROM
basilica ba sil i ka

Roman numeralshttp://mathworld.wolfram.com/RomanNumerals.html 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lesson Plan pages 6-7

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama,  The father Atticus was elected to the State Legislature.  This affects his status in Maycomb.  but how much real power does he really have?


Key Terms:
ran in her family

Questions to think about during the book: 
Who is high status? 
Who is low status?
Who are the whites?
 Who are the blacks?
 Who is rich and who is poor?

How does these characteristics affect the people and how they act and react? 

Describe the relationship between Calpurnia and the author, and the relationship between Atticus and the author.  

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Lesson Plan pages 22-31

Hagrid's Hankerchief! 
Ten years have passed since we saw Harry dropped off at his Aunt's and Uncle's house. 

Lets read to find out what type of childhood Harry had. 

Key Terms 
shrill - very high and annoying
demanded  asking strongly
cupboard - a place for storing dishes
knobbly - knees bigger than they should be 
punched   hit
meanwhile  - at the same time
tantrum - starts to scream and yell a lot
wrap means to cover up with pretty paper
 un means the opposite
ruins - destroyed
wailed - scream loudly
spoil - something went bad
shrunk - gotten smaller because of too hot water
mustache - hair on the upper lip of a grown man

  fateful  fate ful
  sign long I
demanded de man ded
hid den short I
wanted  want ted
involved say d clearly 
bacon long a  
hair  haire 
direction dir reck shun
cabbage cab je
 scrawny too thin
scissors  sis zors  


Why do we fast forward 10 years? 
What were our expectations about Harry's childhood?  Were you surprised? 
Where does Harry sleep? 
What does his Aunt want him to do? 
What day is today? 
How many presents did Dudley get? 
Why is he still not satisfied?  How does his father react?
Explain how Harry finally gets to go to the zoo? 
What strange things always happen to Harry?  Why? 

Make up what it must have been like for Harry living in the Dursley's household.   How does he explain the funny things that happen to him? What does he think about his parents?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Lesson plan pages 3-6

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the classics of our time.  It tells us our story, the story of growing up, racism in the American South.

In this series we will read together this wonderful novel, explore it's issues

Key Terms

sweltering - too hot to move
 Mule  - cross between a horse and a donkey
 talcum powder
ambled - to walk very slowly
 shuffled the feet can't even raise the feet from the ground
vague   not defined very well
 optimism - the belief that things will get better

 residential res I den chul

Which terms does the author use to describe the summer in Maycomb?
How do we feel when it is raining?
What do the words "Nothing to fear but fear itself mean?
How does it feel to live in Maycomb town?
Would you like to live there?

 Homework:  Write about the environment of Maycomb town.  The weather, the attitude of the people.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Lesson plan pages 17-21

Today we are going to finish Chapter 1, Say, these lessons are geared to ESL students so we might go a bit more slowly than for an English Speaker class, you can combine the lessons if the student's level is high enough.

Key Terms
heart in the right place. - metaphorically.

roar    two r  r 's
landed  lan ded
least  leest
simply  sim pli
allowed  a  loud
beard  beerd - one syllable
muscular mus ku lar
destroyed  dis tryoed
curiously  kur i ess li
lightening  lit ning
arms  say s clearly
howl  houlll
spotted  spo ted
doorstep  say p clearly
business buz ness
streaming streem ing
blew  blu
swish  one syllable
hedges  hed ges
woken  wo ken
cousin cu zin

sped - irregular verb past tense of speed  Go here for a great teaching chart:

Dialect -Is when a language is written exactly as it is said, usually without certain letters, to approximate the speech. The grammar may also have mistakes.

Hagrid speaks in a dialect, and when you read it you sound a little different

Why doesn't Professor McGonagall trust Hagrid?
Describe Hagrid.
Why does Dumbledore say that scars can come in handy?
How does Professor McGonagall  calm down Hagrid?
Whydoes Professor Dumbledore feel that the growing up with the Dursley's will be the best thing for Harry?
What does Professor McGonagall feel about Harry growing up with the Muggles?
How does Professor Dumbledore leave the scene?
Why is the Wizarding World going to call this day Harry Potter Day?
What would you have done with Harry?
What other way could have Dumbledore have given Harry to the Dursleys?


Draw Harry Potter's Family tree

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Tale of Despareax the Mouse

What can I say about the book that doesn't give away the plot?  Well, it's cute, has nice illustrations, has a exciting plot line, is interesting for adults and kids, well, mostly kids!  

Kate DiCamillio has written many stories for kids and the most famous has to be "Because of Winn-Dixie", which was made into a movie! 

When you start to read this book you are drawn into the story and don't want to stop!

So if you want to study this book with me, write to Rachael 5760@yahoo.com, (take out the spaces)
and we can set up a lesson time! 

See you in Class!!
Rachael Alice 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Job Opportunity to Teach English on-line

If you are an English teacher from the US or Canada, I invite you to watch this short little video and apply to become part of this exciting English school in China!

Send your resume to: Rachael5760@yahoo.com

I look forward to seeing you as part of the team!!

All the best,