# – Day 14 Lesson Plan w/Damascus, Arabic Numerals, and decimals: GED in 5 months

Damascus is most likely to have been known to most, in 1836, as the place to which St. Paul was heading before his conversion, rather than the place that gave us our number system, but decimal numbers may well have been part of the lessons taught to our hero and his fellow escaped slaves and Free People of Color by his particular friend, one of the main characters in my WiP.

Lesson Plan, 6-9pm, Monday, 25 February, 12019 HE rm. 211,
In our Learning Toolbox:
Vocabulary:
Copy into your notes, and Mind Map each word:
Reading Comp. Vocab. Grammar Vocabulary Math Vocabulary Test-taking
Skills
Topic: opinion/
assumptions
Topic: idiomatic
prepositions
Topic:estimation observe
closely
prominent idiom ball park figure do things in
order
influential preposition rounding translate
problems
observation prepositional phrase nearest ten re-write
problems
assumption convention nearest hundred equivalent
values
opinion writing convention nearest thousand different form
6pm: Spend one minute imagining the Middle Ages in Damascus, and decimal numbers today.  Write yourself a note in your agenda to Google “Arabic Numerals” later, and if you have some extra time, energy, and curiosity, read a scholarly article that searches primary documents on the subject.

Then:

-Imagine the other side of the world, in a culture far, far away:  Think of The Mayans…
Write one or two sentences explaining what you think or feel when you
think about the what life may have been like among the Maya 1200 years ago…
7pm: Stand up & Stretch, if you wish…
7:07 to 7:15 we will have our Grammar lecture, using this passage
7:15 to 7:25 we will have our math lecture, also using this same passage.
7:25-7:30 We will do the first question/problem from each online worksheet together, then you
finish the online activities from all three lectures individually on the classroom computers, on
7:00-7:07 Reading Comprehension: What is opinion, and how can we distinguish
between opinion and assumption, and observation in writing? Would making a Mind Map or an outline
help to organize your possible choices of supporting evidence?
“The three most prominent and influential cultures in Mesoamerica and South America
before 1500 is the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inca. All three societies developing sophisticated
ways of life.” Scholars estimate that the Maya arose around 250CE. (Today’s reading comes from page
282, Master the HiSET Exam, 2nd edition 2nd Edition by Peterson’s…)
What, if any, is the assumption in this passage?
Is there an opinion in the passage?
Where are the observations?
Where are the Grammatical errors?
7:07 Grammar lecture: Idiomatic usage of common prepositions
Some words are used with a standard preposition that must be memorized.
Find the idiomatic phrase in today’s reading passage.
Here is a long list: http://www.advanced-english-grammar.com/list-ofprepositional-phrases.html and https://www.englishgrammar.org/common-prepositionalphrases/
Some that are not on the list: (pg. 63, Master the HiSET Exam, 2nd edition 2nd Edition by
Peterson’s)
a critic of
consist of
according to
afraid of
agreed to
apologize for (having done something wrong)
apologize to (someone)
blame on
capable of
conform to
congratulate on
way of life
Please write one sentence using a phrase above: (i.e. “Each person is capable of great things.”)
7:15 Mathematics: Estimation
Please write one sentence using the word “estimate.”
What do the words roughly, about, approximately, or around tell you?
What is the first thing we can do when we estimate?
What is rounding to the nearest ten? Round 322 to the nearest ten.
How would we round 322 to the nearest hundred?
What if we have the number 4.89, and we only need to multiply it by 3?
How would we round this decimal number? So x*3 ≈ Y
How could we estimate 322 * 4.89
Now, let’s do the first online Grammar worksheet question together: https://www.khanacademy.org/
humanities/grammar/usage-and-style/common-expressions-and-idioms/e/common-expressions–medium
Now let’s do the first online math worksheet problem together: https://www.khanacademy.org/
7:30
1.) Please do the rest of our online grammar worksheet from Khan Academy: https://
http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/usage-and-style/common-expressions-and-idioms/e/commonexpressions–medium (Note that if it is too easy or too difficult, you can do the other worksheets shown on the left
hand side bar…)
and
2.) Please do the remainder of online math worksheet on Khan Academy: https://
Mathematics work online and/or in books from 7:45 until 8:45.
8:40 Exit Questions:
1. How can we convert from between decimals and percents?
2. Which is correct: afraid of or afraid from?
3. Round 188 to the nearest ten.
4. Round 188 to the nearest hundred.
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible!

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19