Mr. Herz's English Page

Tenth Grade Assignments until May 1, 2014

Paragraph about what you did this morning
Write a paragraph about what you did this morning. A hundred words should not be too difficult.
Your task was to interview another person in the class using the form Interview Formand write a paragraph about him or her. You may instead do this about yourself using the form Introducing Yourself
Present Tense Review
Do this exercise: Present Simple Exercise.
Book Report
Using this Book Report Form as a guide, write a book report on either of “The Missing Piece” or “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.”
Theatrical Review
Using one of the plays handed out in class, write a review. You may use the following questions as a guide, but need not answer all of them: Was there a point being made? What was the point? Was this play trying to teach something? Whatever the purpose, did the author achieve it? Did you like this play? Why or why not? How would you change the play to make the point better?
Paragraph About What Particularly Annoys You or What Brings You Particular Pleasure
Provide detail. Tell me a story. Put me in the situation. Make it active. 100 words.
Fill in our Pronoun Review Form. Each numbered exercise uses only one row of the form. There is no need to try to mix and match.
Past Tense Review
Do this exercise: Past Simple Exercise.
Paragraph About an Embarrassing Situation
Write a paragraph about an embarrassing situation. Provide detail. Tell me a story. Put me in the situation. Make it active. 100 words.
Paragraph About Your Break
Review of “The Mouse”

Mr. Herz's English page.

Modal Perfect

modal + have + V3

could + have + V3

To show that we had the ability to do something in the past, but in fact we didn't do it.


I could have taken the exam, but I chose to skip class instead.

should/ought to + have + V3

When sensible advice wasn't followed or when expectations or obligations weren't fulfilled.


You should have done the test when the class did. Now you'll have to stay after school.

might + have + V3

When we are guessing because we don't know what happened in the past.


Fritz hasn't been out of his room all day. He might have been studying.

must + have + V3

When we are quite certain about things that took place in the past, or to draw logical conclusions.


Helga didn't come to my party last night. She must have forgotten.

would + have + V3

To express an action which we were welling to do in the past but which in fact we didn't do.


I would have come to school earlier, but my car had a flat tire.

All the modal perfects refer to past actions which did or did not take place. The meaning of the sentence varies according to the modal used.

Present Simple: facts, habit, sports narration


Does Mr. Herz speak German?
Yes, Mr. Herz speaks German.

Is Diane out sick?
Yes, she is out sick.

Doesn't class start at 10:30?
Class does not start at 10:30. Rather, it starts at 10:25.

Doesn't everyone know that sugar is a poison?
Of course. Everyone knows that sugar is poison.

Present Progressive: happening now; plan for the near future


Who is trying to take attendance?
Mr. Herz is trying to take attendance.

Where is Diane resting?
Diane is resting at home.

Is it raining now?
It is not raining now.

Who is getting together to practice English today?
We are all getting together to practice our English this afternoon.

Past Simple: facts in the past


When did Mr. Herz marry?
Mr. Herz married in 1997.

Who came to school late today?
I came to school late today.

When did class start?
Class started at 10:25.

What idiot thought that fat makes you fat?
Ancel Keyes thought that fat makes you fat.

Future Simple: future facts


When will Mr. Herz learn to code better?
He will learn to code better when he practices more.
When will Diane return?
Diane will return next week.

Will class end late today?
Yes. It will end late.

Will I see you next week?
No, you will not see me next week.