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Classical Conversations – Week 7 – Essentials Lesson Plan

  • October 22, 2018
  • By MJ
Classical Conversations – Week 7 – Essentials Lesson Plan

Week 7 Essentials

Structure: Compound

Purpose: Imperative

Pattern: S-Vt-DO

Part of Speech: Adverbs

Charts: I (review E)

EEL Tasks: 1-4




Diagramming= a visual blueprint of sentences

  • shows relationships so we can check our grammar
  • Nouns and Verbs go on the solid line
  • modifiers go on diagonal lines connecting to words they modify


“The little boy played.”

Who is the sentence about? Boy

What did he do? Played

Played who? Played what?  (No answer = Verb intransitive)




Subject = Who? (Who did it? or What did it?)

Verb = What did the subject do?

DO = (verb) what? or (verb) who?


“Jesus loves. ”                        S-Vi


“Jesus loves me.”      S-Vt-DO

DO answers the questions “loves who?”

“Reuben ate.”            S-Vi


“Reuben ate candy.”             S-Vt-DO

DO answers the question “ate what?”

“Reuben ate candy, and he drank soda.”            (S-Vt-DO, Compound)

“Michelle ate the pie.”          (S-Vt-DO)


“Michelle at the pie, and she kicked the ball.”            (S-Vt-DO, Compound)

Practice changing the declarative to imperative


“Chloe ate her sandwich.”                —->                            “Eat your sandwich”

“Isaac walked the dog.”                    —->                            “Walk the dog.”

“I love my children.”                         —->                            “Love your children.”

“Ben went fishing.”                           —->                            “Go fishing.”


If we want someone specific to do these commands (Chloe, Isaac, Ben), then we have to use a Noun of Direct Address.


NDA (Noun of Direct Address)= used to call upon a person and is set off by one or more commas.


“Chloe, eat your sandwich.”

“Isaac, walk the dog.”

“Ben, go fishing.”


Noun of Direct Address -Chart E


Diagram (imperative sentence purpose)

“Chloe, eat your sandwich.”

Practice changing the purpose and diagram.


“Levi, you hit Reuben.” (declarative, NDA)


“Levi, hit Reuben.” (imperative, NDA)

Adverbs – Chart I

  • modify a verb, adjective, or another adverb
  • answer these questions.
  • How? (quietly, softly, sympathetically)
  • When? (yesterday, recently, last night)
  • Where? (in the garden, by the temple —> answers to this question are often prepositional phrases)
  • Why? (because His heart was broken  —-> answers to this question are often subordinate clauses)
  • How often? (daily, endlessly)
  • How much? (abundantly)
  • To what extent? (very quietly, rather softly)
  • Under what condition? (while He prayed  —> answers to this question are often subordinate clauses)


“Jude ____________ ate candy.”            —>                  “Jude greedily ate candy.”

How did Jude eat? = greedily


“Sophie drank soda.”                                    —>                  “Sophie recently drank soda.”

When did Sophie drink soda? = recently


ATS EEL Tasks 1-4


“Play, and we shall work tomorrow.”


By MJ, October 22, 2018
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  • Laryn
    October 23, 2018

    Thank you Sio much for these excellent plans. They are wonderful for me to review to help my daughter each week in her first year of Essentials!

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