• Mrs. Weaver’s Journal Entries for 2019/2020


    Journal Entry #1


    H.W. Due 09/23/19

    1. auto- = self

    2. bio- = life

    3. graph – write or draw


    Journal Entry #2


    H.W. due 08/30/19

    1. neo- = new

    2. lith- = stone or rock

    3. agri- = field or related to farming


    Journal Entry #3-Greek


    H.W. Due Friday, 9/13/19

    1. meso- = between or middle

    2. potamia- = rivers

    3. hippo- = horse


    Journal Entry #4

    Homework due Friday, 09/20/19

    1. poly- = more than one/many (Greek)

    2. theos- = God or a god (Greek)

    3. form- = shape (Latin)






    Journal Entry #5

    Informational or Explanatory Writing: The purpose of an informative or explanatory essay is not to give your views or opinion, but to teach, inform, explain, define or clarify a topic to the readers in a thorough, well-organized manner.

    Main Idea in Informational writing is the most important idea about a topic that a writer or speaker conveys.   This is often written in a topic sentence or “thesis statement”.   The main idea is most often written in the opening paragraph.

    Supporting Details:  A text may include reasons, facts, statistics, examples, or explanations, which help up to understand the main idea (central idea).   Supporting details are the basis for body paragraphs.


    Journal Entry #6    

    H.W. due Friday, 9/27/19

    1. dyna- = power

    2. port- = carry

    3. trans- = carry



    Informational Writing:

    Opening  Paragraph

    • Lead-In

    • Thesis Statement: Main Idea

    • Lead-Out

    Prompt: Write an informative essay explaining the criteria that people use to create their perfect pizza.

    Example:     *Imagine that you are creating the perfect pizza. What kind of pizza would you choose?  *People have many different criteria when creating their perfect pizza. *These may include different types of crust, sauce, and toppings. 

    Journal Entry #8-09/26/19 or 09/27/19

    Body Paragraphs

    • Source: Title of Text(s)

    • Evidence:

    • Elaboration: Explanation/Example


    • Source: Title of Text(s)

    • Evidence: There are many types of pizza crust.

    • Elaboration: List of crust types found in text(s).



    Journal Entry #9

    H.W. due 10/4/19

    1. mon- or mono- = one

    2. di- (Greek) or bi- (Latin) = two

    3. arch- = rule (Greek)


    Journal Entry #19-10/11/19



    Journal Entry #11

    H.W. due 10/25/19

    1. anti- = against or opposite

    2. ante- = before

    3. post- = after




    Journal Entry #12- 10/28/19

    H.W. due 11/01/19

    1. geo- = earth or Earth

    2. ign- = fire

    3. morph- = shape or form


    14Journal Entry #13- 10/28/19

    Figurative Language:  In figurative language, words are used in an imaginative way to express ideas that are not literally true.

     “Megan has a bee in her bonnet” is an example of figurative language.

    The sentence does not mean that Megan is wearing a bonnet, nor that there is an actual bee in it. Instead, it means that Megan is angry or upset about something. Figurative language is used for comparison, emphasis, and emotional effect.


    Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things using the words like or as.

    • Example: They were like two peas in a pod.


    Metaphor: A metaphor is a comparison of two things that are basically unlike but have some qualities in common. Unlike a simile, a metaphor does not contain the words like or as.

    • Example: Bob was a bulldozer on the football field.


    Personification The giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea is known as personification.

    • Example: The flowers danced in the breeze.


    Hyperbole:  Hyperbole is extreme exaggeration for effect.

    • Example: The elephant was as big as a mountain.


    Idioms: An idiom is an expression that has a meaning different from the meaning of its individual words.

     Example: Bailey let the cat out of the bag about the party.

    This is an idiom that means “to reveal a secret or surprise.”


    Journal Entry #14

    H.W. due Friday, 11/08/19

    1. semi- or demi- or hemi- (choose one) =one-half

    2. tri- = three

    3. quad- or tetra- = four


    Journal Entry #15

    H.W. Due 11/15/19

    1. carn- = flesh, meat

    2. super- = over, above, better than

    3. sub- = under, below, less than


    Journal Entry #16

    H.W. due 11/22/19

    1. cent-, or centi- = 100, one-hundred

    2. milli- or mille- = 1000, one-thousand

    3. kilo- = 1000, one-thousand


    Journal Entry #18

    Week of 01/13/20-01/17/20

    H.W. Due 01/17/20

    1. ben- or bene- = good

    2. mal- = bad, evil

    3. man- or manu- = hand


    Journal Entry #19

    H.W. due Friday, 01/24/20

    1. herb- = plant

    2. zoo- = animal

    (Advanced students only need one interesting word/meaning this week only.)


    Journal Entry #20

    Homework due Friday, 01/31/20

    1. inter- = between , among

    2. intra - = within, inside of

    3. theo- = god or God


    Journal Entry #21

    H.W. Due Friday, 02/07/20

    1. circum- = around

    2. extra- -= outside, outside of

    3. retro- = back or backward


    Journal Entry #22 – H. W. Due Friday, 02/14/*20

    1. acro- = high place

    2. polis- = city or city state

    3. -arch- = rule or ruler

    Journal Entry #23      


    H.W. Due 02/28/20

    1. 1. dem- = people

    2.  2. olig- = few/small/little

    3.  3. –crat or –cracy = rule/strength/power