Unit 3

How Does the Human Body Work?

Reader's Notebook

How to Eat Like a Cat


Students who are able to categorize words into parts of speech are often able to combine them effectively into strong, dynamic sentences.

Some nouns (words that name a person, a place, or a thing) that can be found in this selection are: scientists, veterinarians, diabetes, and meat.  A noun can be identified by its position in the sentence (It usually comes after an article such as a/an or the).
Some adjectives (words that describe nouns) that can be found in this selection are: sweet, sugary, good, and spicy. An adjective can also come after is or are. (linking verbs). It often comes before a noun as in 'cat biology'. Because it is describing the noun biology, cat is used as an adjective in this sentence.
Some verbs (words that show action) that can be found in this selection are: prepare, made, and annoy.  Verbs can be one of three types: active such as digest or call.  They can be helping verbs such as are, should, can. These help the main verb in the sentence. Linking verbs are a state of being such as: am, taste, smell, sound, look, feel, appear, and become. Notice many linking verbs appeal to the five senses? Linking verbs are special because adjectives often come after them.   
Some adverbs (words that modify another part of speech nouns, verbs, or adjectives) that can be found in this selection are: maybe, while, and still. An adverb can often be identified by -ly. It shows how something happens.

The acronym (Mispplant Q) can be used to review when to use a capital.  

Here are the words that need capitals:

Months and days of the year
the pronoun 'I'
Sentences; first word of a sentence 
Proper nouns; proper adjectives such as French or African
Poetry; the first word of each line of poetry
Letters; the first word used when opening or closing a letter, such as Dear friends or Yours truly
Abbreviations (letters) that stand for names or organizations such as S.P.C.A. (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Names, such as Mom and General Wolfe; historical events or documents
Titles, such as Little House on the Prairie
Quotations; the first letter in a quotation

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Practise identifying these parts of speech by playing the game Parts of Speech.

If you would like some other games that you might like on this site are Noun Finder or Speech Detective.
Reader's Notebook

  1. Complete Section 1 in Assignment 3-2 Comparisons (Parts of Speech).
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Both explanations and dramas provide information to the reader. What is the main difference between these two forms of writing? Read the next web page before constructing the Venn diagram in Section 2.


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Complete Section 1 of Assignment 3-2.  On the next page, you will complete and submit the assignment.