Friday, 2/15: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #22, Interviews

Prep sheet for Test #22. (Reload test to get latest version.)
Vocab H/w:___/20     Vocab Practices: ___/10  ___/11
Giver Quizzes: ___/5  ___/5    1-1-1’s: ___10
Other Extra Credit:

Mental Floss.

  1. Try to figure out the noun or adjective that is common to all the items each group.
    • a) person, clock, cliff
    • b) feather,  torch,  low-calorie
    • c) fishing rod, actor, checkout counter
  2. The following not only describes a famous monument, but is an anagram for its name. What is it?   Built to Stay Free.
  3. Cross out six letters and you’ll find an easy word. What is the word?  SBAIXNLETATNERSAS
  4. A donkey behind another donkey,
    I’m behind that second donkey,
    But there is a whole nation behind me.
    It is a murder you can describe in a word: ______
  5. For each, find a three-letter word that ends the first word and begins the second word.
    a) birth _ _ _ light       b) knock _ _ _ line


Test #22.

No doodle unless you’re finished with your interview paper.

Thursday, 2/7: Vocab + Relay, Giver, Interviews

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab, Giver, OG.

“Vocab, 2/7.”
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tentative, infringe, reprieve, benign, profound, indolent, relinquish, exasperate, (in)conspicuous, (un)scrupulous, haphazard

  1. _____ Pic of the classic statue, The Thinker.
  2. _____Cartoon of two guys looking out from the top of a skyscraper saying, “Yes, the view is nice—but I mostly want people to look up here and think how rich I am.”
  3. _____Pic of a pack of dogs with a fox blending in.
  4. _____ Pic of a cute little lamb taking its first steps. (NOT: benign, scrupulous, haphazard, or indolent, or any other “it could be’s.” Sigh.)
  5. “Ninety-nine percent of lawyers give the rest of us a bad name.” ______
  6. Much to her relief, the doctor said the tumor was ________.
  7. He prepared so ______(ly) that his presentation was painful to watch. (Not: tentative.)
  8. After asking for (previous vocab word), the student received a _____ and was released from detention.
  9. In exchange for safety and peace, the members of the Community seemed to have _____(ed) a lot of freedom.
  10. The neighbor’s fence _____(ed) on our property, so they had to move it.
  11. Sometimes fifth period can be ______(ing), but when certain people are absent, it can be a nice class.
  12. The word ______ comes from a word that means ethics or morals.


Giver. Read some 1-1-1’s. What can we tell about this place? When/where is it? Why is it?

Giver, Chapter 2.”

  1. What rule did Jonas’s father break?
  2. What rule gets broken all the time?
  3. What happens at the ceremony of 12?
  4. How is that decision made?
  5. We are in the ______ of the story.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) falling action  e) NOTA

Be sure to read CHAPTER 3 tonight and do your 1-1-1!

Work on Interview/Profile.

Go get a Chromie! Begin Writing Biographical Sketch/Profile. The final draft is due next Thursday, 2/14.

NOT PREPARED TODAY? Do extra credit vocab sentences in your notebook…except they aren’t extra credit. Due tomorrow. 

  • Introduction: Setting. Description of scene/setting. How it was set up. Why you chose this person. Relationship to this person.
  • Description of person. Show, don’t tell.
    • Looks. (Details.)
    • Voice and choice of words. Delivery.
    • Personality. (Bitter? Enthusiastic? Happy? Lost in memories? Crabby?  What?)
  • The intro/description should be 350-400+ words.
  • Interview.
    • Questions you asked, followed by answers and follow up.
    • You may summarize their answers, but please include at least three good quotes (word for word, as close as you can get) that use the person’s actual words.
  • Conclusion: Discuss what you learned, most surprising info, most interesting, change in attitude toward older people, etc. About 75-100+ words.

Monday, 2/4: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #20, Vladek Wrap Up

Copy homework into planner. Remember that Interview Notes are due on Thursday!

“SAWs, 2/4.
abandon (verb) to give up; to leave behind
frivolous (adjective) not important; silly
contemporary (adjective) modern; current
dramatic (adjective) exciting; full of emotion; extreme
exploit (verb) to take advantage of

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  1. _____ Graph that shows a sudden, large increase
  2. _____ Pic of a destroyed building where obviously nobody has lived in awhile
  3. _____ Pic of a roll of money used as toilet paper
  4. _____ Pic of a modern house with a groovy pool
  5. There was a _____ change in his behavior after he started the medication.
  6. It is usually easy to _____ a little brother’s lack of savvy and make him do what you want.
  7. He ____(ed) the project before it was finished because he ran out of money.
  8. If we use the word _____ as a noun, it can also mean an adventure.
  9. One reason people may dislike lawyers is due to ____ lawsuits that waste everybody’s time and money.
  10. The roots of this word mean “of the present time.” _____


Debrief Test #20.


Finish Vladek and Discuss:

  1. Art Spiegelman has said that the final page of Maus II really has three endings. With your group, discuss what stories they might be endings of. Be ready to point out which panels or images end each story.
  2. When MAUS was published, the Washington Post said, “…impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”  What do you think about that? Do you think it’s true? Could MAUS have been anything but a comic and been as powerful?  Why or why not?

Euphemism (n – U FEM ISM): 
A “nice” way of saying something  unpleasant. 

The prefix eu- means “good.”

Examples: passed on = died, sanitation engineer = garbage man, waitress in the sky = flight attendant

  1. visually disabled =
  2. solid waste =
  3. landfill =
  4. economically disadvantaged =
  5. undocumented transborder migrant =
  6. vertically challenged =
  7. intentionally inaccurate statement  =


Friday, 2/1: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #20

Prep sheet for Test #20:
KBARR: ___/40   Vladek Quiz: ___/6    Vocab H/W: ___/20
Vocab Practice: ___/12 ____/10 ___/12
Other Extra Credit: Period 2 gets +3 for Vocab Relay, Periods 3 and 6 get +2 for Vocab Relay.


Mental Floss.

  1. A man builds an extraordinary house where all four sides face south.  A bear walks up to one of his windows and peers in. What color is the bear?
  2. There is a building with thirty stories and one elevator. On floor twenty-one, four people get on and zero get off. On floor thirteen, six get on and two get off. On floor nine, eight people get on and four get off. How many people would get on and off on floor thirty-one?
  3. What two words contain the most letters?
  4. Wacky Wordy:

    my you’re way

  5. Find the name of a planet hidden in each of the following sentences:
    • a) “Steven, use the screwdriver to build those shelves.”
    • b) Everyone takes a turn in the cage.
    • c) “Catherine, you ran us over with your bicycle!”
    • d) “Sam, arsenic is poisonous! I read about it on the internet.”


Test #20. Doodle Theme: Invent a new sport!

Friday, 1/25: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #19

Prep sheet for Test #19. (Reload the test page to get the latest version.)
Husker Du: ___/13 ___/13   KBARR: ___/30   Sentence Combo:___/5


Mental Floss.

  1. How can you perform a subtraction from seven so that the result will be even, but without subtracting any odd numbers?
  2. What is so light that anyone on Earth can hold it, but so heavy that nobody can hold it longer than about 20 minutes?
  3. At noon, you look at the old-school clock in your bedroom. The big hand is on the five and the little hand is in between the three and the four. What time is it?
  4. Two fathers and two sons own 21 horses between them. Explain how it is possible to evenly divide the herd among them. (NO, you don’t get to cut up any horses!)
  5. Where do you leave a “place” by closing the “window”?  (On a _____.)
  6. In a small town in the country, a male cow swallowed an explosive device. The town newspaper had a front page story about it.   Which one-word headline did they use?
    * Shocking!  * How?  * Dangerous!  * Terrifying!
    * Abominable!  * What?  * Horrible! 


Test #19.

Doodle Theme:

Monday, 1/14: SAWs, Debrief Test #18, Research

There is…umm…

No Homework this week! What? Yes, it’s true. You have research, and I have catching up to do.


intervention (noun) action intended to solve a problem
phenomenon (noun) something that happens that can be observed
priority (noun) item of high importance
suspend (verb) to stop temporarily
transmit (verb) to pass on from one place or person to another

“SAWs, 1/14.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. This word literally means “between come thing.”
  7. This word’s root means “before.”
  8. This word literally means “under hang.”
  9. This word’s root means “to show.”
  10. This word literally means “across to send.”


Debrief Test #18. Except to falling for my tricks, you did well!


Research is due Thursday at the end of the period!

Today you should be writing your introductory anecdote!

Giving credit to your sources:

… according to _____ of _____, the average…
The Asthma Fact Sheet from the American Medical Association lists the three main symptoms…
The World Health Organization says…
…in the article, “All About Diabetes,” Jimmy Sugar explains that…
(“Pie Baking”)
(Smith 61)

Final Requirements for Research Paper.

  • Approximately 1000-1200 words.
  • 3+ sources w/ properly formatted Works Cited.
  • 3+ graphs, charts, maps, etc. These should help explain, not just decorate.
  • In-text citations.
  • Introductory anecdote.
  • Evident organization. (By question, by sub-topic, etc.)
  • Proper mechanics.

Friday, 1/11: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test 18, Research!

Prep sheet for Test #18. (Reload the Test to get the latest, updated version.)
Vocab Homework: ___/20   Vocab Practices: ___/14  ___/11   ___/10
Other Extra Credit: +1, +2, or up to +4 for SAWs.


Mental Floss.

  1. What famous fictional character is represented here?   ants, beetles, termites, rabbit
  2. A man walks into a room, turns around and walks out the same door he went in. When he gets out he is in a different room than when he started. How is this possible?
  3. What number should come next? 144, 121, 100, 81, 64,  _____  (Alert: math.)
  4. Spell the word candy with just 2 letters.
  5. How many F’s (capital or small–no trick here) are in the following sentence? (Alert: Counting.)
    Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.  


Test #18.

No Doodle Theme — Get back to work on research!