Hernando Sun May 12-18, 2023 Teacher Guide

Activities and Questions based on May 12, 2023 – May 18, 2023 issue

Teachers, homeschool parents, and students, if you have any suggestions or ideas for these teacher guides, please email Sarah Nachin – [email protected]  

This is intended to use as a guide to adapt to your curriculum based on the Florida standards.

Composition activity for High School: (ELA.10.V.1.1 Integrate academic vocabulary appropriate to grade level in speaking and writing.)

Read the article on pg. A-1 about the governor’s  press conference and the bills he signed regarding the Chinese Communist Party. Write an essay of at least 400 words expanding on one of these bills. Include what the bill is about and the ramifications of the bill. 

Critical thinking activity for High School: (ELA.9.C.4.1 – Conduct research to answer a question, drawing on multiple reliable and valid sources and refining the scope of the question to align with findings.)

Read the editorial on pg. A-8 written by Daniel Kowalski. Do you agree or disagree with the writer? Consult at least two sources to back up your belief. Your essay should be at least 400  words.  

Vocabulary activity for Middle School: (ELA.6.V.1.3 –  Use context clues, figurative language, word relationships, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine the meaning of multiple-meaning and unknown words and phrases appropriate to grade level.)

Read the article on page B-9 about the boys’ and girls’ track teams. Define the following words as they are used in the article. Also, write down what part of speech the word is (noun, adjective, etc.). Write a sentence of your own using each word: 

  1. impressive
  2. stellar
  3. trifecta
  4. mantle
  5. respective
  6. sprinter
  7. hurdle
  8. accolade

Extra Credit Assignment #1: Write a sentence using a different form of the word than the one in the article. For example, if the word in the article is an adjective like “rosy,” change it to a noun – “rose” and then use that word in an original sentence.  

Extra Credit Assignment #2: Write one to three paragraphs (or more) using this week’s vocabulary words or a form of the word. You can use as many or as few of the words as you like; however, your paragraphs must make sense. In other words, don’t just write sentences that don’t go together to discuss a topic or create a story. 

Social Studies Activity for Middle School (SS.8.A.3.16 Examine key events in Florida history as each impacts this era of American history

 Read the article on pg. A-1, which is continued on pg. B-3. Then write an essay of 300 words or more on any of the following topics: Andrew Turnbull and his settlement of Florida, the Battle of Thomas Creek, Patrick Tonyn, or the role of loyalists in the Revolutionary War.    

Comprehension activity for Elementary School: (ELA.2.R.2.3 Explain an author’s purpose in an informational text.)

Read the article on page B-4 about the poster contest. Summarize the article in your own words and tell the author’s purpose in writing this article. Your summary should be at least 250 words.

Composition activity for Elementary School:  (ELA.10.C.3.1 Follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling appropriate to grade level.)

Read any of the articles on pg. B-6 that people wrote about their mothers. Then write an essay of 300 words or more about your mother. Describe her physical appearance, her personality, and what you like best about her. 

Anyone wishing to submit any of your compositions from this week to the newspaper for us to consider publishing, please email to [email protected]. Be sure and include your name, age, grade level, and school that you attend.