Friday, 10/19: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #9 – End of 1st Quarter!

End of the First Quarter!

TMA Slang.
Corpus Bones = Christ’s bones = OMG
clodpole = foolish or clumsy person
nincompoop = fool
lackwit/nitwit = idiot


Prep sheet for Test #9.
KBARR: ___/40 TMA Quiz: ___/6    Transitions: ___/16
Vocabulary Homework: ___/20 Vocabulary Practice:___/14 ___/13 ___/13
Other Extra Credit: Periods 1 and 2 claim +3 for vocab relay, Periods 5 and 6 claim +2. If you knew from Tantalus, +1. +1 for Poppy. +1 for TOURNIQUET, +2 if you actually spelled it correctly.


Mental Floss = Wacky Wordies.


Test #9.

Doodle Theme: Cheese Rolling!

Monday, 10/15: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #8, TMA

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“SAWs, 10/15.”

estimate (noun) a rough calculation
regime (noun) a government in power
displace (verb) to force from one’s home or homeland
diminish (verb) to make smaller; to become smaller
stable (adjective) not easily changed

6. (2) There is much debate about whether the United States should use its power to ____ _____(s) in other countries that are cruel to their people, or whether we should stay out of other countries’ problems.


Debrief Test #8.







Friday, 10/12: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #8

Prep sheet for Test #8:
Apost.:___/12 (6 + 6)        KBAR: ___/15   
Vocabulary H/w: ___/20   
Vocabulary Practices: ___/13   ___/14
Other Extra Credit: Period 2 gets +3 for Vocab Relay, Period 6 get +2, Period 5 gets +1.
Groups that got why Beetle is bullied should take +1. 




Mental Floss.

  1. What is the longest sentence in the world?
  2. How can you make the following equation correct without changing it at all? 8 + 8 = 91
  3. What property do 1, 2, 6, and 10 all have that no other whole number has?
  4. How can you add 2 to 11 and get 1 as the correct answer?
  5. How many numbers are there on a standard die?
  6. “Hannah,” said Bob, “I can poke my head through a hole this big.” He then made a hole with his thumb and index finger. The hole was no wider than a quarter. Hannah was sure she would win the bet, but Bob poked his head through the hole he made by his thumb and index finger and won the bet. How?
  7. What do all the words in this list have in common? Lead, Sow, Bass, Wind, Tear, Object (Not a trick. Hint: Say them all to yourself.)


Test #8. Doodle Theme: Time Travel!

Thursday, 10/11: Narrative Common Assessment – Tell Your Story

Bulletin! No KBAR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED! Three lines in your chart is all that is required tomorrow.

Instead: Go to Literacy Night at The LAMS Library tonight!

Tomorrow’s Test: Apostrophes, Vocab/SAWs, Husker Du, TMA. The link won’t work until Thursday afternoon.

Narrative Assessment Prompt:


You will have one class period to write this narrative.  Write in a way that shows all that you know about narrative writing. When you begin, think about how you want to organize your writing.

In your writing, make sure you include:

  • Effective opening and closing
  • Well-developed characters
  • Consistent point-of-view
  • Elaboration to help readers picture your story
  • Sensory details and narrative style choices
  • Effective narrative techniques (dialogue, plot devices, etc….)
  • Variety of transition words
  • Capitals, end marks, and other appropriate conventions

TIME: This will be a on-demand, timed writing. You will have one class period to complete this assessment.

Your essay will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Purpose and Organization: Is the main idea clearly communicated? Is the essay clearly focused? How well did your ideas thoughtfully flow from beginning to end using effective transitions? How effective was your introduction and your conclusion?
  • Elaboration/Evidence: How well did you integrate relevant and specific information from the sources? How well did you elaborate your ideas? How well did you clearly state ideas using precise language that is appropriate for your audience and purpose?
  • Conventions: How well did you follow the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling?

Save a few minutes at the end to proofread!

BE SURE TO SHARE YOUR GOOGLE DOC WITH ME (, and if you have time, please print it using the Print Link over on the right side of the web page.


Monday, 10/8: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #7,


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Outsiders projects due next Tuesday.

“SAWs, 10/8.” (8)
considerable (adjective) large; important
contribute (verb) to add to
demonstrate (verb) to show; to display
sufficient (adjective) enough; adequate
valid (adjective) defensible; true

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considerable, contribute, demonstrate, sufficient, valid

  1. _____  2. NOT _____   3. _____  4. _____  5._____
    6. (3) My mom said my argument was not ______(ly) ______, and I did not ______ the need for a new game system, so I was denied.


Debrief Test #7.

Narrative Starter. Due Tuesday on the back of the sheet.  Think about a time when…

  • you learned something important, or…
  • something about you changed for the better, or…
  • you were unfairly judged (or bullied) and what you did about it, or…
  • you overcame an big obstacle (or fear) in your life.

Circle one of the above and briefly explain what happened.




The Midwife’s Apprentice.

ca. 1300.

What’s a midwife?
What’s an apprentice?
What was life like in 1300? We’re going to find out.
*What do you think the average life expectancy was back then?





Friday, 10/5: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #7

Prep sheet for Test #7:
KBAR: ___/40 Vocabulary Homework: ____/20
Vocab Practices: 10/2: ____/12      10/3: ____/13     10/4: ___/11
Bonus for SS and Apost.: +___  (I only want to hear about EXTRA credit.)
Other Extra Credit:  +3 for period 5 for Vocab Relay, +1 for Periods 1 and 6.

Doodle Theme: Incorporate the supplied doodle into your own.

Mental Floss.

  1. Supply the missing four words to make a famous expression. (No, you don’t get to ask any questions.)
    “Failure ____  ____  ____  ____.”
    Options: a) Success  b) Victory  c) Triumph  d) Accomplishment
  2. In each sentence below, an animal is concealed. For example, the sentence, “What shall I do, Gertrude?” has the word dog concealed. Find the hidden animal in each sentence.
    • a) He used his powers of persuasion to summon key people to the meeting.
    • b) Did I ever tell you, that at camp in the fall, I once found a ten dollar gold piece?
    • c) Asking nutty questions can be most annoying.
  3. A man made up a seven-character password (letters and numbers only) for his e-mail  account, and he wanted to write it down somewhere in case he forgot it. But he didn’t want to write down the actual password, so he wrote this sentence:
    “You force Heaven to be empty.”  What was his password?
  4. What number is always found in the middle of the telephone directory?
  5. What famous saying is represented here?
    zain yain xain wain vain uain tain sain rain qain oain nain main lain kain jain iain hain fain eain dain cain bain aain
  6. A pen and a pencil together cost $1.10. The pen costs exactly $1.00 more than the pencil. What does each cost? (Not a trick, just math.)


Test #7.


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!