Monday, 10/1: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #6, Outsiders

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“SAWs, 10/1.”
design (noun/verb) a plan; a blueprint; a drawing
feature (noun) quality, trait, characteristic
impact (verb) to affect or influence
potential (noun) possibility, future capability
transfer (verb) to move from one place to another

  1. A twisted rubber band has _____ energy that can be used to fly a small plane.
  2. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____.
  3. (2) A ______  ______ of the new iPhone is the lack of a physical home button.
  4. (3) The city council studied the _____  _____ of the new shopping center on the local neighborhood before asking the developer to ______ a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
  5. The new car had many optional _______(s) you could add for extra money.


Debrief Test #6. I added a point to everyone’s clicker score for #24.


Outsiders aloud to p147, then…

  • Finish ch. 9 silently.
  • Open your notebook, and title it, “Outsiders, Ch. 9.”
  • Choose one of the quotes below, copy the underlined part, and respond with at least a paragraph. What does the person mean? Why is this important? Use at least one example from the book to back up whatever you say.
    1. Dally: “…Crazy for wanting Johnny to stay outta trouble, for not wantin’ him to get hard.  If he’d been like me he’d never have been in this mess.  If he’d got smart like me he’d never have run into that church.  That’s what you get for helpin’ people.  Editorials in the paper and a lot of trouble… You’d better wise up, Pony… you get tough like me and you don’t get hurt.  You look out for yourself and nothin’ can touch you…”  (pssst: irony.)
    2. Johnny: “Stay gold.”
    3. BONUS: Connect the two quotes!
  • Close your notebook and continue reading ch 10.
  • Faster Readers: Keep your mouths shut.
  • If you finish chapter 10: Go see Mr. Coward for the Chapter 10 big question. Return to your desk and thoughtfully answer the question in your notebook under the title: “Why?”
  • Then  get a ch10 Quiz from the stack (white) and write the ANSWERS (not the letters) in your notebook. Do not write on the question sheet!

Monday, 9/17: Homework, Sentence Combining, Debrief Test #4, Outsiders

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We already did this week’s SAWs…OOPS!

 “Sentence Combining, 9/17.” — Combine each group of short, choppy sentences into one smooth-sounding sentence. You may add, subtract, or change words, but make sure to keep the meaning of all the parts.  You will have to punctuate as appropriate. (Bonus: Write more than one combination!)
1.  a) Chuckie bounces wildly in his desk.   b) He is the class clown.   c) He clucks like a chicken.

2.  a) His fingers make sounds.   b) The sounds are scratching.   c) They claw the desktop.   d) The desktop is battered.


Debrief “Test #4.”

The Outsiders.  “Nothing Gold Can Stay” ?

Monday, 9/10: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #3, The Outsiders

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“SAWs, 9/10.” Copy the words and, if needed, the definitions. Then each word is used once for the pics and once for the blanks.
analyze (verb) to examine; to study
factor (noun) something that influences the result of something else
function (noun) purpose; role; use
interpret (verb) to understand or explain something’s meaning
structure (noun) the way parts of something relate to each other and work together 2.landslide-anatomy3.signlang 4.TREE-STR 5.screwing
6.  In English, we ____(ed) the _____ of a story and found that every story has to have a conflict.
7. The airline authorities decided that pilot error was a ____ in the crash, but not the only one.
8. I think her comment was meant to be ______(ed) as sarcasm.
9. Her job combines the _____(s) of a manager and a worker.


Debrief Test #3.


The Outsiders...

Tuesday, 9/4: Homework, AV, SRI

Short Week!

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This week’s vocab is different due to the short week.
During short weeks, we will have Academic Vocabulary. Fewer words and no definitions needed, just Show Me You Knows.

Show Me You Knows for this week’s Academic Vocab due TOMORROW, in notebook. Copy now. Take notes if you don’t already know the word.

  • The Socs’ social status
  • Mom’s answer was ambiguous
  • He had the potential
  • He was not yet mature
  • The impact of his actions…
  • Please follow the guidelines




Get a Chromebook. Log in. Open Chrome. Come here to


Click the blue RI icon. Follow the directions.


Here is the chart of YEAR-END Proficiency Ranges.

(Optional) You can print this chart and keep it for the year to track your reading progress!

If you finish early, start your  homework.


Monday, 5/7: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test 32,Tom Sawyer

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“SAWs, 5/7.” Each twice. Attribute 3x; 2 for the noun def. and 1 for the verb def.
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



Go over Test #32. OMGOMGOMG.


Tom Sawyer. Let’s learn to smoke!


Monday, 4/16 (36): Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #29, Tom Sawyer!

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“SAWs, 4/16.”
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


Go over Test #29.

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.”


Tom Sawyer!

  1. What would you do 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.
What two reasons does Mark Twain give for writing this book?

Chapter 1.


Monday, 4/9 (47): Homework, SAWs, Husker Du, The Flying Machine

Welcome back! Just over 9 weeks left!

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“SAWs, 4/9.”
conclusion (2), recite (3), allegiance (1), signify (2), principle (2)






“Husker Du 4/9.” Everybody has Test #8.
Unscramble into one smooth sentence. Do not add or subtract any words. Punctuate!
–the electrical outlet   –grabbing   –Crazy Cathy   –the cat’s tail   –headed for



“The Flying Machine” by Ray Bradbury.

How might this story connect to The Giver and “Old Glory”?

Pssssst. Act!