Wednesday, 9/6: Vocab, Debrief Test #2, Library

“Vocab, 9/6.”  (6) You will use each word once.
ambiguous, potential, mature, impact, guideline, status

  1. (2) The city council studied the ____ ____ of the possible new shopping center on the nearby neighborhood.
  2. The ending of the story is rather _____; you’re not sure which choice he made.
  3. Being older doesn’t necessarily make you more emotionally ______.
  4. Corvairs and madras shirts were _____ symbols for the Socs in 1967.
  5. Please follow the _____ for the assignment.


Debrief Test #2. Paperwork, People!! Names!!!!!

Quick live grading of a couple of “Messy Room” volunteers.

To the Library. Yes I will ask questions on the test about the library:

  • Hours of Operation?
  • How many books can you have?
  • How long can you keep a book?
  • Features/Services of the Library?
  • Rules?




Thursday, 8/31: Adjectives, Vocab + Relay, Outsiders

RED ALERT: I have noticed Learner’s Dictionary sentences turning up as Show Me YOU Knows. UhUhUh!!! THIS IS A PLAGIARISM! IT ENDS NOW.

Tomorrow’s Test: Adjectives, Vocabulary, Outsiders, Classwork, Husker Du?

“Adjectives, 8/31.” Copy the word and say whether it is an adjective or not.

  1. The running we do in PE is easy.
  2. I like the sound of running water.
  3. Yesterday we were running through the field.
  4. She was part of an elite gymnastics team.
  5. Dally gave her a roguish smile.

Vocabulary, 8/31.” (11p) Write the word.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. laugh : happy :: _____ : hurt
  6. I tried to act cheerful, but it was just a __. I was really depressed inside.
  7. Her gentleness was a(n) _______ in her job as a veterinarian.
  8. If you make the Scholar List you are a part of the educational _______.
  9. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still ______(ed) me.
  10. The ____ firefighters battled the dangerous fire and saved the family.
  11. It would be ironic for a pilot to be scared of heights.   True / False



Next Writing Assignment:

“Don’t tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”
-Samuel Clemens

cool, pretty, fun, scary, weird, ugly
What does each of these things LOOK like?

These are actually opinions, NOT descriptions! (Yes, I know they are technically adjectives.)
What’s “cool” to you could be “gross” to me or your mom!
You need to show us what this looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels like!

Describe in detail what this might LOOK/SOUND like:
Compare two examples

“My Room is Such a Mess” due next Thursday, 9/7.
Show me the most nightmarish room imaginable. I want to feel, see, hear, taste (ewww), smell everything.
1 page (350+ words), ink, ndp, title. mess(y), gross, disgusting, dirty, stinky, etc. No opinions, just WDILL?

The Outsiders

“Don’t Judge!”  What have we seen so far in The Outsiders that illustrates the concept of “don’t judge a book by its cover”?

Try to think of as many examples as possible. In your group, tell each other which ones you thought of. The group with the most good examples wins +3 tomorrow!

The Outsiders!

  • setting?
  • point of view?
  • conflict?

Read on.

Tuesday, 8/22: Vocab, Motto, Slang, Dig it?

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

“Vocabulary, 8/22/16.”  Answers 1-10 will be vocabulary words. Use your pink sheet and your group homies to help you. For #1-4, choose which word best fits the picture and complete the sentence with a reason you think so. If you can justify more than one word for a picture, you might receive bonus credit.

  1. “_____ because…”
  2. “_____ because…”
  3. “_____ because…”
  4. “_____ because…”
  5. For Esteban, the word dropout had the ____ of a gang member with a can a spray paint.
  6. pain : pleasure :: confusion : ______
  7. rules : requirements :: happiness : ____
  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 ______.

  11. An analogy is a _______. (Not a vocab word.)


Motto 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. 

(in your notebook)
“Motto, 8/22.”

1) What is a motto?
2) What do you think he means when he says “play it cool” or “dig all jive”?
3) What do you think he means by “Dig and Be Dug In Return”?
4) 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.

Thursday, 3/2: Husker Du, Vocab, Dah Givah, Interviews

Tomorrow’s Test: Husker Du for your class, Vocab including (the easy) SAWs, Giver.
Due Tomorrow: Final Draft of Interview, printed and posted to your blog.


Husker Du, 3/2.” First Period. Test 18.

  1. We climbed slowly up the very steep hill. a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  2. After I ate a doughnut, I felt rapturous.  a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  3. There are some things in life that we’ll never know a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  4. How many battles did Vladek fight in as a soldier? a) 1  b) 2  c) 3  d) 4  e) 0
  5. How does the German officer at the POW camp know that Vladek isn’t used to physical labor?   a) He acts lazy.  b) He tries to get out of working.  c) His hands.  d) He looks weak.  e) NOTA

“Husker Du, 3/2.” Second Period. Test 6.

  1. How/when does Pony finally realize that Darry really does care about him?  a) When he says, “Oh Ponyboy, your hair…”  b) When he reads the letter from Soda.  c) When Darry offers him a cigarette.  d) When Darry starts crying.  e) When he rescues Pony from the fire.
  2. This would be the _____ of the Pony v Darry conflict.   a) climax  b) inciting action  c) exposition  d) rising action  e) NOTA
  3. Months may pass between attacks, but when they do occur, they are violent.   a) Fragment  b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence
  4. There are shells all over the beach, let’s collect some!   a) Fragment  b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence
  5. This a fragment?   a) Fragment  b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence

“Husker Du, 3/2.” Third Period. Test 5.

  1. “You’re so ___. You probably think this song is about you.”  a) discrete b) discreet c) reluctant  d) vain e) illicit
  2. The teacher tried to ___ the correct response from the students by giving hints. a) patronize  b) elicit  c) hysterical  d) stamina  e) illicit
  3. Into the hole fell he.  a) Fragment   b) Run-On   c) Complete Sentence
  4. He explained the rules of the game and demonstrated it. a) Fragment   b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence
  5. Which quote best connects to the title of the novel The Outsiders?  a) “How’d you like to live with that?”  b) “I guess we’re different.”  c) “Too bad it couldn’t stay like that all the time.”  d) “Things have been happening so fast…”  e) “I bet they were cool old guys.”

“Husker Du, 3/1.” Sixth Period. Test 19.

  1. You may _______ to someday be as cool as Mr. Coward.  a) iconic  b) pacify  c) saw  d) aspire  e) NOTA
  2. The swastika is a(n) ______symbol of evil.  a) pragmatic  b) daunting  c) iconic  d) aspiring  e) NOTA
  3. The amount of work required in an Honors class can be quite _______.   a) diminutive  b) skinflint  c) volatile  d) daunting  e) NOTA
  4. The word anthropomorphic means… a) shape change  b) man change  c) transform man  d) man shaped  e) NOTA
  5. Why was Vladek sometimes wearing a pig mask?  a) He’s in disguise.  b) He’s pretending that he’s Polish.  c) He’s pretending he’s German.  d) He’s pretending he’s not Jewish.  e) NOTA


“Vocabulary 3/2.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____ (NOT: benign, scrupulous, haphazard, or indolent, or any other “it could be’s.” Sigh.)
  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 sixth period can be ______(ing), but when certain people are absent, it can be a nice class.




“Dah Givah, 5-6.” Write the answer not the letter.

  1. (quote) Why was Jonas angry at Fiona in his dream?
  2. How does Jonas describe his dream?  a) Pleasurable and confusing.  b) Frightening and confusing.  c) Confusing and funny.  d) Sad and depressing.  e) Worrying and exciting.
  3. (quote) What did Jonas say was the strongest feeling in his dream?
  4. Only males take the pills.  a) True  b) False
  5. Jonas actually enjoyed the feeling of the Stirrings.  a) True  b) False
  6. (4) Name two “firsts” that distinguish the Eights from the younger kids and explain the reasoning behind their new responsibilities/fashions.
  7. When the elders match spouses, which of these factors is not taken into account?  a) intelligence  b) disposition  c) aptitude  d) physical characteristics  e) energy level  f) interests  g) All are taken into account.
  8. What is our main conflict so far? (Hint: Trick question!)
  9. The Giver is written in ____ person.  a) first  b) second  c) third



  • At least 750 words. At least 5+ paragraphs:
    • 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?)
    • 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, etc.
  • Come up with a creative title that sums up the interview.
  • Please print it and then post it on your blog.



Wednesday, 3/1: Husker Du, Vocab, Dah Givah, Interviews

“Husker Du, 3/1.” First Period. Test 18.

  1. Jack was much quicker than the llama was.   a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  2. Joe ate the hot dog even though the llama told him not to.   a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  3. We learn words best in context with other words rather than in _____.  a) solitary  b) system  c) isolation  d) confinement  e) mental
  4. The morphic part of anthropomorphic means…  a) changed  b) shaped  c) animal-like  d) human-like  e) NOTA
  5. How does Vladek avoid a beating by the German soldier after he was captured as a POW?  a) Vladek speaks English to him.  b) Vladek bribes him.  c) Vladek begs him.  d) Vladek speaks German to him. e) NOTA

“Husker Du, 3/1.” Second Period. Test 6.

  1. Why would Johnny be “having the time of his life” in the church?  a) He wants to pay back for what he did to Bob.  b) He feels needed for the first time.  c) He likes little kids.  d) He thinks the cops will go easy on him.  e) He secretly wants to die.
  2. Johnny’s behavior (not scared, having fun, very decisive) inside the burning church is both ironic and not ironic.  a) True  b) False
  3. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. a) Fragment  b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence
  4. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.   a) Fragment  b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence
  5. The large farm owners are often accused of ____(ing) the workers who pick the crops.   a) siege  b) circumvent  c) sullen  d) reminisce  e) exploit

“Husker Du, 3/1.” Third Period. Test 5.

  1. I was _____ to tell the teacher about the cheating I saw, because the person was my friend.   a) reluctant  b) elicit  c) hysterical  d) dumbfounded  e) illicit
  2. A spy must use ____(ion) and not go blabbing secrets around.    a) patronize  b) elicit  c) hysterical  d) stamina  e) discreet
  3. who is : ___ :: who owns : ___  a) whose/who’s  b) who’s/whose  c) who’se/who’s  d) who’s/whos’
  4. Over the hills and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.  a) Fragment  b) Run-On  c) Complete Sentence
  5. Johnny stabbing Bob would be the ____ of the story.  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) NOTA

“Husker Du, 3/1.” Sixth Period. Test 19.

  1. Which quote explains why Vladek volunteered for the work camp when he was a POW early in the war?  a) “I’ll be clean, and I’ll feel warm by comparison.”  b) “I want to be treated like a human being.”  c) “My commander made me…”  d) “If we have to die here, let’s die here.”  e) NOTA
  2. How does Vladek’s father-in-law help him after his first close call on the street during a round up?  a) He hides him.  b) He gets him a fake job and a work card.  c) He gets the proper travel papers for him.  d) He doesn’t.  e) NOTA
  3. Jill drove the car out to the llama’s house in the country.   a) simple sentence  b) fragment  c) complex sentence
  4. Joe ate the hot dog even though the llama told him not to.    a) simple sentence  b) fragment  c) complex sentence
  5. The way Vladek makes decisions is very ______ rather than emotional.  a) pragmatic  b) daunting  c) iconic  d) aspiring  e) NOTA


“Vocabulary, 3/1.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. He soon found that studying for the test would have a _____ (positive) impact on his grade! OMG!
  5. Some thought that the new law would _____ upon their right to protest, and they protested that.
  6. The root of this word means to leave.
  7. I  tried to be as ____ as possible as I passed the note in class, but Mr. Coward still caught me.
  8. Solar power is more ______ to the environment than coal or oil.
  9. It had been raining so much that we ____(ly) planned the picnic for Saturday, but we also made other plans just in case.
  10. The _____ lawyer took advantage of the old man.
  11. “Wealth is ______, but poverty hides.”
  12. After he lost the battle, the king had to ____ the throne to the winner.


Da Givah.

Let the Wheel decide who starts the discussion by reading their KBARR!

Where and when are we? Why are we (like this)? How did we get this way?


Dah Givah, 3 – 4″   Write the ANSWER. (7p)

  1. Why was Jonas chastised by the Speaker?
  2. Asher also noticed something had changed about the apple they were tossing.  a) True  b) False
  3. Nobody ages past 12 in this community.  a) True  b) False
  4. Why does Jonas have no idea what his assignment might be?
  5. Roberto’s release was a sad occasion for all at the House of the Old because he was so well-loved.  a) True  b) False
  6. All of these were a part of Roberto’s release ceremony except…a) a review of his life and accomplishments.  b) chanting the patriotic anthem.  c) speeches from friends and admirers.  d) a period of mourning.  e) These were all a part of the ceremony.
  7. (Quote.) Where does Larissa say the Old go when they are released?


Players’ Choice: Giver or Interview work?