Sunday, June 2, 2019

How to write a Business E-mail Part 1 Asking for a meeting

Writing a well written business e-mail can help you in your business no matter which field you are working in. 
Mary's designs

The basics of business e-mails are similiar to a formal business letter except that you don't have to be THAT formal.  

You have to present all your facts, in a concise, simple to read manner and be respectful. 

Homework: 
You have to write an e-mail to introduce yourself and your company to a government agency. You want them to choose your company instead of a rival for a government contract. 

Example:

Dear Mr. Smith, 

I am with XYZ accounting firm, we have been doing business with the city of Del Mont, CA for 10 years.  We have helped the city of Del Mont curb their expenses, and made the city a better place to live. We are expanding into your area in two months. 
We would like to set up a meeting to explore if we can offer our services to Oxmore, CA in the same or similar capacity.  

My e-mail is: XYZ@XYZ.com  
Sincerely, 
Bob A. Firm

Now it is your turn: 

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If you have any questions please contact me at: Contact Rachael Alice English teacher

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Very Useful V1 V2 V3 Teaching Chart



V1 V2 V3  Chart

 I use this chart to teach the different verb forms.  
Fill in the missing forms


V1   - Present Tense
V2 - Past Tense
V3 - Participle (used with the Perfect Tenses)
begin
began
begun
drink


give


sing




swim







draw
drew
drawn
fly


grow


know


throw





break
broke
broken
choose


drive


ride


rise


speak


write





bring
brought
brought
buy


fight


think





teach
taught
taught



dream


feel


keep


leave


sleep
slept
slept



forget
forgot
forgotten
get





become
became
become
come





stand
stood
stood
understand





sell
sold
sold
tell





pay
paid
paid
say





fall
fell
fallen
hold





wear
wore
worn



build
built
built
send


spend
spent
spent



cost
cost
cost
cut


hit


put


read




sit 
sat 
sat 
bite
bit
bitten
do/does
did
done
eat
ate
eaten
find
found
found
go
went
gone
hang
hung
hung
have/has
had
had
hear
heard
heard
lose
lost
lost
make
made
made
meet
met
met
run
ran
run
see
saw
seen
take
took
taken
win
won
won


If you want to work more on your English grammar, I recommend this book:


The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment 1st Edition


Many people concentrate better while listening to music, so as you do this exercise, listen to this!
 
Music by Rachael Alice Orbach!


Tom Sawyer Read by Rachael Alice Orbach and Hanna Ahuva Ann

American literature is getting more and more inaccesible to the modern Millenial generation. Most people I know don't like to pick up a book, and if the language is a bit hard to understand or pronounce then they don't even bother. 

So after doing some research on YouTube, I found that there is not a one video that has an American accent reading Tom Sawyer. My mother and I decided to remedy this problem, so here is the playlist of us team reading the book. 

Here is the link Tom Sawyer on YouTube

We hope that you enjoy this book!
If you want a copy of your own go here!



Questions


Chapter 1 
What did Tom do that Aunt Polly didn't like? 
How did Aunt Polly find Tom? 
Did he go swimming?  
How did he trick Aunt Polly? 
How did he come to live with her? 
Who is Sid?
Who is Jim? 
How does Aunt Polly feel about Tom?

Chapter 2
What job did Aunt Polly give to Tom?
How does he feel about this job?
How does the job get done? 
What rule of Human Nature did Tom use without really knowing?

How can you apply this to your own life?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mind Matters Textbook Critique




Text Book Critique
By Rachael Orbach and Ilanit Zakowski


Material analyzed:
Mind Matters by Eric Cohen
Teacher’s Guide w/CD
Student’s Coursebook
Student’s workbook
-published in Israel, 2006, through Misrad Hachinuch


This book is for the Intermediate Level-Stage 3- Grade 9, but it’s currently
being used in an advanced Grade 8 class.


The Student Course book comes with a CD Rom, which is Windows 98, not only XP,

so basically anyone can use it. The book is all inclusive: it consists of reading comprehension
and grammar activities. Each chapter is divided up into the different domains. The course book
contains many different topics, such as geography and history, but we felt it’s a little too history
biased, and doesn’t contain other topics that would interest children more. The book is racially
sensitive: there are pictures with people of different ethnic backgrounds, and black and white
people together. However, there are no religious people, but the book is gender even. The book
teaches useful words and expressions, such as “down to earth”. All the instructions are in English-
there’s no Hebrew or Arabic whatsoever. It is also very colorful.
A criticism we had was that there’s an Answer Key in the back of the book, which also gives
answers to quizzes. This is not a smart idea, because by this age students are clever enough
to refer to the back and look up the answers.


The Students Workbook doesn’t cover as much material as in the textbook. Both have grammar
and reading, but there is much more grammar here. For example, this book has many activities
on adverbs, whereas the course book doesn’t contain nearly as much. It seems to be a little gender
bias- there are more pictures of boys than girls. This book can be written in, so it’s also cheaper,
but obviously can’t be sold back.


The Teacher’s book gives a lot of guidance: how to teach a reading lesson, and it lists websites
to refer the teacher to. It lists the Domains and Benchmarks, and gives Rubric charts. It goes
according to the student’s course book, not the workbook. There’s both Arabic and Hebrew  
translations to help the teacher. A few criticisms we had were that there are no pictures to show
the teacher what the page looks like in the student’s book. Also, the teacher’s CD is not labeled
accurately to explain how it matches up with the student’s book, so the teacher would have to
waste time listening to the whole thing to find what s/he is looking for. There’s also a separate
answer key to the workbook, which is very small and thin and can get lost.
https://www.ecb.co.il/cat-junhigh-cb-mind-matters/
Our overall impression about this set is that it’s a nice book, colorful, enticing to look at and it
covers a wide range of topics, which keeps the students interested, and of course teaches them
more.


I have a copy of this book if you want to buy it used. rachael5760@yahoo.com if you need it.

Studying life on other planets:

https://oceanworldslab.jpl.nasa.gov/