April 28-May 4, 2023 Teacher Guide

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Activities and Questions based on Apr. 28, 2023 – May 4, 2023 issue

Teachers, homeschool parents, and students, if you have any suggestions or ideas for these teacher guides, please email Sarah Nachin – at [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 Navy JROTC. Summarize the article in your own words. Your summary should be at least 400 words.  

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 article on pg. A-2 about the death penalty bill. Then write an essay of 400 words or more telling the pros and cons of this bill. Cite at least two sources for your information (one for the Pro side and one for the Con side.   

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-3 entitled “Flower Full Moon and May Remembrances.” 

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. default (the word in the article is “defaulted.”)
  2. etiquette
  3. steeped
  4. arrogance
  5. mariachi
  6. misconception
  7. ultimate
  8. commemorate
  9. accordingly
  10.  musket

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. 

Math activity for Middle School: (MA.6.NSO.2–  Add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive rational numbers.) 

Study the following advertisements: 

The 4 column x 7” ad on pg. A-7 for Accent Insurance, the  2 col x 5” ad on pg. B-2 for Stage West, the 1/8 pg. ad on pg. B-3 for Wilson Technology, the 9” x 6” ad on pg. A-3 for Turner Funeral Home

Answer the following questions about these ads: 

  1. If an ad costs $4.50 per column inch, how much would Accent Insurance pay for their ad to run for two weeks? To calculate the number of column inches, multiply the number of columns by the number of inches. This ad would be 28 column inches.
  2.  How much would Stage West pay to run their ad for four weeks?
  3. If Turner Funeral Home ran their ad for three weeks, how much would they pay all together? 
  4. What is the difference in cost between the Wilson Technology ad and the Turner Funeral Home ad if they both run their ads for three weeks? 

 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-1 about the fifth-grade essay contest winner. Summarize the article in your own words and tell the author’s purpose in writing this article. Your summary should be at least 300 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 the article on pg. B-6 entitled “Differences Don’t Make a Difference.” Then write an essay of 300 words or more about two of your relatives, telling about the differences between each of these people.

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. Submission is not a guarantee that your work will be published. Submissions may be edited due to space restrictions.