Monday, 4/29 (27): Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #30, Spelling, Tom Sawyer

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“Spelling 4/29.”(7)

  1.  friendly : hostile :: active : _____
  2.  its, whose, ____
  3. (2)  Sacramento : ______ :: Mr. Calandro : ______
  4.  It is said that many stereotypes sometimes start with a _____ of truth.
  5. (2) _______ books are ______?  (Must get both.)


SAWs, 4/29.
economic (adjective): financial, related to money
multicultural (adjective): related to more than one culture
attribute (noun): skill, feature
attribute (verb): give credit for
facilitate (verb): to make a process easy or possible
distinct (adjective): different or noticeable

Each twice. Attribute 3x; 2 for the noun def. and 1 for the verb def. 11/11= +3, 10/11 = +2, 9/11 = +1.



Debrief Test #30.

Tom Sawyer, Chapter 16: The Plan. Also, Smoking.

Monday, 4/22: Homework, Debrief Test #29, SAWs, Tom Sawyer, Spelling!

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“SAWs, 4/22.”

prevention (noun): the act of stopping something from happening
critical (adjective): using careful judgement about the good and bad parts of something; disapproving. Also: vital or important.
pursue (verb): to follow; to engage into form; to create
alter (verb): to change
approach (noun): method





Debrief Test #29. hrrmm…


“Spelling, 4/22.” Bonus: What spelling rule do this week’s words follow?

  1. refusal : cooperation :: childishness : _____
  2. rewrite : revision :: story : ______ 
  3. purpose : function :: guideline : _______
  4. locker : storage :: _____ : security
  5. soldier : obedient :: artist : _____

Tom Sawyer, Chapter 12; The Cat and the Painkiller. Patent Medicines?


Monday, 4/8 (41): Homework, SAWs, Tom Sawyer!

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“SAWs, 4/8.”
specify (verb): to clearly define
establish (verb): to cause to be recognized and accepted
cohesive (adjective): unified
constrain (verb): to hold back or limit
xenophobia (noun): a fear of foreign people


Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

What? Talk it over with your groups. (Hint: Mark Twain was almost always being ironic or sarcastic.)

Tom Sawyer!

  1. What would you have done for fun in 1835?
  2. What chore/work did you always want to do as a kid, but now that you have to do it, you don’t want to any more?
  3. Slang: truck, lick, dander up, powerful warm, lam, suck eggs


Read the Author’s Preface.
Groups: What two reasons does Mark Twain give for writing this book?

Chapter 1.

Monday, 3/18: Homework, WoD, Debrief Test 26, Thank You Ma’m

Homies: DBN Homebase Takeover.

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Wheel of Doom!

“Husker Du, 3/18.” Period One.

“Husker Du, 3/18.” Period Two.

“Husker Du, 3/18.” Period Five.

“Husker Du, 3/18.” Period Six.

Debrief Test #26.

In honor of Dude, Be Nice Week…

“Thank You M’am.”

“It takes two parents to produce a child,
but it takes an entire village to raise the child.”
-African Proverb
What do you think? Should the community have some responsibility in making sure all kids turn out ok? Should raising a child be entirely the parents’ job? What about parents who aren’t doing their jobs? What about their kids?

What are our conflicts here?


How does this Emily Dickinson poem relate?
(in vain means without any point or purpose)

If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain

Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain


Tuesday, 2/19: Homework, Husker Du, Debrief Test #22, Print Interviews, Giver

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“Husker Du, 2/19.” Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. She has a lot of basketball savvy.  a) adjective  b) not an adjective
  2. The expression “Mind your own business” is a motto.  a) True  b) False
  3. Every story has to have a  ____.   a) middle  b) person  c) conclusion  d) message  e) conflict  f) theme
  4. The root cred means…   a) truth  b) crazy  c) pay  d) believe  e) wild  f) possible  g) NOTA
  5. Which word doesn’t belong? a) evaluate  b) predict  c) question  d) summarize  e) react
  6. you:  a) first person b) second person c) third person  d) fourth person
    For a brief moment, Jimmy stupidly thought he could fly like a graceful bird across the blue sky.
  7. moment.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA
  8. stupidly.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA
  9. fly.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA
  10. brief.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA

Go over Test #22.


  1. Check to make sure you have a GROOVY TITLE on the document itself AND in the title box.
  2. Check to make sure that the main word in the title are capitalized.
  3. Check to make sure that your name and period are on the document itself.
  4. Let somebody else read it to see if they can spot any major errors.
  5. Print. ONLY CLICK PRINT ONCE!!!!!

Giver aloud.

Monday, 1/7: Homework, SAWs, Research?!

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“SAWs, 1/7.”
advocate (noun/verb) supporter
contrary (adjective) opposite; opposing
prohibit (verb) to not allow; to forbid
release (verb) to let go; to set free
reverse (verb) to change back; to overturn
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  1. _____ (2)
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. The root of this word means “voice.” _____
  5. His conviction was ______(ed) after the appeal. –>Bonus opportunity: Use a previous vocab word to fill in the next blank–This means he was now _____(ed).
  6. ______ to popular belief, one human year does not equal seven “dog years.”
  7. “_____ the hounds,” is what Mr. Burns says when he wants his dogs to get rid of someone.
  8. Cell phones are _____(ed) in this class, unless otherwise specified by Mr. Coward.
  9. Your lawyer is supposed to be your _____ in court and speak for you.
  10. The word ______ is sometimes used to mean death.



Research Topics!  This paper will be written in class.
First of all, the prohibited topics: Disney or Disneyland, rock/rap/singing/movie/sports stars or celebrities, animals because they’re cute, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, particular cars/planes/motorcycles/etc, mass murderers/criminals, video games, tv shows, movies.

Pick something that you can tell a brief anecdote about, something you can show somebody doing or a reason for learning something. Pick something you can ask at least five good questions about that require more than a sentence or two to answer. Hobbies, careers, scientific/mathematical topics, historical topics, health and medical topics are more what we are looking for.

By EOP Wednesday, you will need a topic and 5 solid questions.

Start looking for topics/sources! I would like to see several choices by the end of the period.



Monday, 12/17: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #16, Vladek

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“SAWs, 12/17.”
transport (v): to carry (someone or something) from one place to another
initiative (n): 1) the energy and desire that is needed to do something    2) a plan or program that is intended to solve a problem
incorporate (v): 
to include (something) as part of something else
incidence (n):
how often something happens
acknowledge (v):  
1)  to admit   2) to express thanks or appreciation for

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The teacher said to ____at least five vocab words in the essay.
  6. Even as more attention is drawn to “cancer awareness,” the actual ______ of cancer has been declining since 1992.
  7. Part of being a good citizen is _______(ing) that there are differences between people, and that is ok.
  8. Californians voted on quite a few ________(s) which claimed to try to fix various issues in our state.
  9. A diet that _______(s) a lot of fruits and vegetables is the healthiest way to eat.
  10. The roots of this word literally mean to “carry across.”


Debrief Test #16. Hmmm. Lotsa Husker Du!