Wednesday, 11/20: Vocab, Poem #435, Monsters,


“Vocab, 11/20.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. Abby is a _____ form of Abigail.
  5. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are _____ figures in American history.
  6. She faced a _____ about turning in her friend for cheating.
  7. The villagers sacrificed a >_____< to try to _____ their angry god. (>___< = Previous vocab word = bonus.)
  8. The amount of work required in an Honors class can be quite _____.
  9. The dream was so ____ that I fell out of bed trying to fly.
  10. inspiring : daunting :: stable : ______
  11. skinflint : benevolent :: ______ : easy
  12. Give an example of a saw that is different from the one you used for your SMYK.

Poem #435
by Emily Dickinson


Much Madness is divinest Sense–
To a discerning Eye–
Much Sense–the starkest Madness–
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail–
Assent–and you are sane–
Demur–you’re straightway dangerous–
And handled with a Chain–

Madness = insanity
= most perfect, the best
discerning = looking  very carefully/showing good judgement
starkest = most obvious
All = everything
prevail = decides/wins
assent = say yes
demur = say no

Each group “translates” one set of lines using the vocab key.
How does this relate to the quote from yesterday?

“It’s like it ain’t so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.”


“MONSTERS! Review Quiz, 11/20.” SOLO!!!! CLOSED BOOK! (5)

  1. What do the people of Maple Street think the UFO is at first?
  2.  Who gets them thinking it might be something else?
  3. So far in the play, who is the scapegoat for all of the fears of the people of Maple Street?
  4. Why?
  5. What was our inciting incident. (Be careful!!!)

Connect the Poem to the Play!

Pssst… Act! “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

Wednesday, 8/21: Adjectives, Vocab, Delinquent, Outsiders

Opening Act: “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

Based on the video, write a definition of what an adjective is/does: 
(Copy and complete) “An adjective is a word that…”

I will be checking Vocabulary Show Me You Know sentences.

“Warm Up, 8/21.”

  1. Explain what the expression “Ignorance is bliss” means.
  2. (2) Is the expression “Ignorance is bliss” a motto? Why/not?

“Vocab, 8/21.” Just write the answer. You may use words more than once.

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______
  4. ______
  5. cool : good :: dig : ______
  6. hopeful : bleak :: proud : _____
  7. He touched the cut on his cheek ______. Ow!
  8. A person who doesn’t like to ______ to the group is often looked at as an outsider.
  9. Even though their denotations are similar, the words nosy and curious have different _____(s).
  10. He nodded ____(ly) and said, “It would have been wiser to have someone pick you up.”

Delinquent” by Langston Hughes

The Outsiders by S E Hinton

Key Questions.

    • What are the connotations of the word “outsider”?
    • What does it mean to say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?

Paul Newman?

Begin reading…

Tuesday, 8/20: Vocabulary, Motto, Slang, Dig It?

Due Today: Vocabulary definitions.  I will be checking them while you work.

“Warm Up, 8/20.” Write the answer in your notebook. Do not copy the question.

  1. When does Mr. Coward assign homework?
  2. How often do we have a vocab list to work on?
  3. What is an analogy?
  4. What is pretty much the only way to earn “extra credit” in this class?
  5. What does SMYK stand for?
  6. (OPTIONAL BONUS QUESTION) Name one of the rules of the class.


“Vocabulary, 8/20/19.” All answers will be vocabulary words. Use your definitions and your group homies to help you. For #1-4, choose which word best fits the picture, and be prepared to explain why you think so. If you can justify more than one word for a picture, you might receive bonus credit.
bliss, infer, bleak, nonchalant, gingerly, rueful, savvy, conform, sage, fathom, connotation
sage bleak1wpiStock_why-do-we-conform

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. pain : pleasure :: confusion : ______
  6. rules : requirements :: happiness : ____
  7. For Esteban, the word dropout had the ____ of a gang member with a can a spray paint.
  8. I was able to _____ the meaning of the word from the way it was used.
  9. Nobody could _____ why he liked school so much even though he got all F’s.
  10. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and ______.


by Langston Hughes          
I play it cool    

and dig all jive. 
That’s the reason
I stay alive.
My motto,
As I live and learn
Dig and Be Dug
In Return. 
“Motto, 8/20.” (in your notebook)
1) What is a motto?
2) What do you think he means by “Dig and Be Dug In Return”?
3) What other saying(s) have you heard or use might mean something similar?

Audio Feature: The concept of “digging.”

Short Explanation Paper Assignment. Due Friday.

Wednesday, 3/13: V + R, Emily D, G

Put down the dang phones!

Sub tomorrow. SRI!

“Vocab 3/13.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. _____
  7. He seemed smart, even though most of the facts he knew were rather _____.
  8. Why do we have to go through all this ___ just to add on to our house?
  9. “He pinched her arm, a little bit with _____(ity), and a little bit with meanness, to get her to pay attention.”
  10.  “…masks that smiled or masks that frowned, according to the owners’ _______.”
  11. The roots of this word mean “not having reference to.”_____
  12. The root of this word meant “to look” and “watchtower.” _____




How could you prove that you’re not crazy?

Poem #435    by Emily Dickinson

Much Madness is divinest Sense–
To a discerning Eye–
Much Sense–the starkest Madness–
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail–
Assent–and you are sane–
Demur–you’re straightway dangerous–
And handled with a Chain–
Madness = Craziness
divinest = most perfect
discerning eye = someone who looks closely and carefully
starkest = most obvious
prevail = win, rule
assent = say yes, agree
demur = say no, disagree

Together with your group, “translate” the poem. Yes, rewrite it in your own words. You should end up with 5 sentences. No it won’t rhyme.

  1. Use the vocab guide to help you.
  2. Pay special attention to the line:  “‘Tis the Majority In this as ALL, prevail…”
  3. What is the message of the poem? Is she correct?


“Previously On… The Giver!” Just do yesterday’s installment. Start with the release. Just write the announcer’s words and which words from the movie would also be heard.

Which scenes from the movie would you use for the trailer? Why?
What if we were making a “book trailer”? Would you use the same scenes? What would be different?


Thursday, 2/28: Husker Du, Vocab + Relay, Giver, POETRY?!

Tomorrow’s Test: Husker Du for your class, Vocab, Giver.

Something else the members of the Community don’t understand is poetry.

Much of the meaning in poetry comes from the way the poet arranges the lines. In poetry, each line is a unit of meaning. The words a writer uses at the end of each line are specifically chosen to build meaning. In the hands of a poet, one sentence can become a work of art. William Carlos Williams was inspired to write a poem as he was caring for a dying little girl (he was a doctor too). He looked out the window of her room as he sat by her bed, and saw the scene he describes. This is one of the most famous and best-loved, as well as most analyzed poems of all time. Here it is as a sentence:

So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow glazed with rainwater beside the white chickens.

Try arranging this sentence into a poem.
FEEL FREE to: chop it up into lines, chop up individual words, repunctuate, not punctuate, play with the capitals. 
Just DON’T: rearrange the order, add or subtract any words. 

Remember: you’re trying to build meaning into the poem with your line arrangement. This could be from the arrangement of syllables to the way the poem looks.

Once you have a version you like, recopy it neatly/artistically onto a clean sheet of paper. I will give extra credit for those who turn in a nice artistic version.


We’ll look at the poet’s version in a bit.


“Vocab, 2/28.  Used properly or not? Write Yes if the word is used properly in the sentence. Write No if it is not.

  1. The band was so crescendo I couldn’t hear my friend talking.
  2. She yearned for a better life.
  3. The buckle bridge was very old and ready to fall.
  4. frazzled my homework last night because it was so hard and took so long.
  5. She drank a magnitude of soda and burped all night.
  6. The police were vigilant, watching the house 24/7.
  7. First period acted so regress yesterday; they were just like kindergartners.
  8. He made a feeble attempt at studying, decided he was too feeble-minded, and gave up.
  9. The ghost manifested itself at the end of the hall and scared the bejabbers out of me.
  10. The elephant’s trunk sinuoused out of the enclosure and took the peanut.
  11. He didn’t understand the peril of his situation and thought he was safe.
  12. The magnitude of Jeff Bezos’s fortune is mind-blowing. (About $52 million per day, over $2 million per hour, and $36,000 a minute.)
  13. Lack of sleep for an extended period can result in a regression of your IQ.
  14. The manifest teacher turned out to be an alien!
  15. He was so weak, he feebled when he tried to pick up the barbell.



Giver, 17 & 18.

  1. Now that Jonas is experiencing deep feelings like anger and sadness, what does he realize about his family?
  2. (“quote”) Why is Jonas disturbed by the game his friends are playing?
  3. How do they make the decision about which twin to release?
  4. What is Lily’s theory about Elsewhere?
  5. What memory changed Rosemary?
  6. Why did they change the rule about the Receiver asking for release?
  7. What idea of Jonas’s intrigues the Giver?

Chapter 19… “Bye-bye, little guy.”