Tuesday, 8/27: Adjectives, Vocab, Outsiders, 1st KBARR Check

I will reading/checking KBARR and vocab definitions while you do adjectives and vocab.

“Adjectives, 8/27.” (5p) Copy the underlined word in each sentence and write “adj.” or “not adjective.” (Bonus Opportunity: If it’s not an adjective, say what it is!)

  1. With his silly attitude, he fits the role of the jester perfectly.
  2. With his silly attitude, he fits the role of the jester perfectly.
  3. I wonder how Vivian can afford to wear the very latest styles.
  4. Two-Bit nodded wisely. “Nice cut, too. Makes you look like a tough guy.”
  5. The llama is a quadruped with fins for swimming. (Bonus for +1: What does quadruped mean?)

“Vocab, 8/27.”  (11p) Read #6 and #7 together as one sentence. No need to copy anything; write the appropriate vocabulary word. You may use words more than once. Always be prepared to explain your reasoning.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. ____
  5. The gentleman _____(ly) opened the door for the ladies.
  6. At the party, he stood ______(ly) off to the side of the room, quietly watching the festivities.
  7. The paper said that the business man was a(n) ______ to society…
  8. …but _____(ly), he was secretly a gangster.
  9. common : elite :: cowardly : ______
  10. gain : freedom :: _____ : capture
  11. True or false? It would be ironic if a poor hobo spent his last dollar on a lottery ticket, and won.

The Outsiders, 8/27.” (7p) Below are descriptions that Ponyboy gives of our main characters. COPY the underlined part and say which character it describes.  Steve, Darry, Sodapop, Johnny, Dally, Ponyboy, Two-Bit

  1. understands everybody
  2. thinks Ponyboy is a tag-a-long
  3. doesn’t understand anything that isn’t “plain, hard fact
  4. kept them “laughing at themselves
  5. has a “hatred of the whole world.”
  6. digs movies and books
  7. everyone’s kid brother

(Bonus for extra credit.) What does every story require in order to actually be a story?


Read aloud.

Tuesday, 4/9: Gramma, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer Reading Tip: You can have the book read to you while you follow along here:



“Gramma Review, 4/9.  Copy and label n, v, adj, etc. (10p)
(The word on is a preposition. “Doh” is extra credit. The is an article, which is technically a ____.)

Doh! Homer tripped very awkwardly and hit his fat head on the door.

“Vocab, 4/9.”


  1. _____ (not miscreant)
  2. _____ (not miscreant)
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. Kendra’s huge earrings were too _____ for the low-key funeral.
  6. “For plainly this ______ had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal” to mess with him.
  7. The homeless are sometimes the ______(s) of today’s society.
  8. While Aunt Polly’s back was turned, Tom _______(ed) a doughnut.
  9. By definition, God is ________.
  10. pariah : idol :: bottom : ______
  11. The sloppiness of the projects was ____ to the teacher.
  12. * Even though the story jumped around from the past to the future, it still had a _____ feel and was easy to follow.

Check a few Tom Sawyer summaries. Duhn duhn duhn…

Tom Sawyer, 4/9.” Write the ANSWER. (7p)

  1. Most of the adventures in this book really happened to Mark Twain. a) True  b) False
  2. The character of Huck Finn is based on a real person. a) True  b) False
  3. The character of Tom Sawyer is based on a real person. a) True  b) False
  4. What is it about the new boy that bugs Tom so much?  The way the new kid is _______.
  5. What does the last paragraph of chapter one say Tom’s punishment will be for coming home late and with his clothes all torn and dirty?
  6. (2) Slang: dander up = _____   switch = _____

Bonus A (+1): What is Mark Twain saying Aunt Polly is trying to do here?
While Tom was eating his supper, and stealing sugar as opportunity offered, Aunt Polly asked him questions that were full of guile, and very deep—for she wanted to trap him into damaging revealments. 

Bonus B (+2): What is Mark Twain saying about Aunt Polly in this paragraph?
Like many other simple–hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to contemplate her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning. 


Tom Sawyer, chapter 2. The most famous prank in all literature.