Tuesday, 3/10: HD, V, 600, G

Checking definitions and 1-1-1’s.

“Husker Du, 3/10.” Period One – Test #7.  Answer, not letter.
a) adversary  b) aplomb  c) banish  d) grueling  e) perceive  f) disdain  g) dispel   h) engross   i) diminish  j) exhilarate

  • 4. One of the themes of The Outsiders is that what you ______ is not necessarily what the reality is.
  • 5. The amount of crime _____(ed) when police started patrolling the neighborhood more often.
  • 6. The root origin of this word meant “turned against.”  ________
  • 10. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____. a) sufficient  b) design  c) feature  d) valid  e) transfer  f) NOTA
  • 19. That embarrassing moment when you realize that your llama just wrote a run on sentence.  a) Fragment  b) Run On  c) Correct Sentence  d) NOTA
  • Unscramble into one smooth sentence. Do not add or subtract any words. Punctuate!
    * her creamed corn  * yelling  * at the baby sitter  * onto the floor  *  Jennifer flipped


“Husker Du, 3/10.” Period Two and Six – Test #18. Answer, not letter.
a) fastidious  b) insinuate  c) improvise  d) shrewd  e) allegory  f) absolution  g) consign  h) agitate  i) sanction

  • 2. Some people think that the Narnia series is a religious  ____, with Aslan the lion representing Christ.
  • 8. After three warnings, Joel was _____(ed) to the “naughty chair.”
  • 9. The annoying kids taunted the dog over the fence until he was _____(ed) enough to jump it.
  • 17. ID: Srodula.  a) A death camp like Auschwitz  b) a city in Germany  c) where Vladek’s factory was  d) the Jewish council  e) the Jewish ghetto where Vladek hid  f) NOTA
  • 21. What was Artie a prisoner of in “Prisoner on the Hell Planet”?  a) sadness  b) joy  c) guilt  d) loneliness  e) The Nazis  f) NOTA
  • Unscramble into one smooth sentence. Do not add or subtract any words. Punctuate!
    * her creamed corn  * yelling  * at the baby sitter  * onto the floor  *  Jennifer flipped


“Husker Du, 3/10.” Period Five – Test #21. Answer, not letter.
a) infringe  b) exasperate  c) unscrupulous  d) reprieve  e) profound  f) indolent  g) conspicuous  h) tentative  i) haphazard  j) relinquish

  • 6. Some thought that the new law would _____ upon their right to protest, and they protested that.
  • 8. If you searched more systematically, instead of so _____(ly), you might find what you’re looking for.
  • 11. Spell the wrong one correctly.   a) insurance  b) security  c) seperately  d) all correct
  • 16. The roots of this word mean “of the present time.” _____   a) frivolous  b) exploit  c) contemporary  d) abandon  e) dramatic  f) NOTA
  • 22. You join two Independent Clauses they are joined improperly. a) Simple  b) Compound  c) Complex  d) Fragment   e) Run-on  f) NOTA
  • Unscramble into one smooth sentence. Do not add or subtract any words. Punctuate!
    * her creamed corn  * yelling  * at the baby sitter  * onto the floor  *  Jennifer flipped

“Vocab, 3/10.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. We spent the evening playing ______ Pursuit, trying to answer obscure questions.
  6. After the death of his brother, he sat _____(ing) in his room wondering whether it was his fault.
  7. Mr. Coward does not put up with _______ speech in his classroom.
  8. It is difficult to _____ accurately about the future because things are changing so rapidly.
  9. (2) Santa Claus is usually portrayed as a _____, smiling, fat man with a very pleasant ______.
  10. With care, feeding, and love, the little puppy ____(ed).
  11. The root of this word meant “to look” and “watchtower.” _____

Checking 600 Words. 3/3 – 3/10 are acceptable dates.

While I check, write on this: Speculate on the 5 W’s for the Community: Why? Where? When? What? Who? What makes you think so?

Giver 14-15.” ANSWER, not letter.

  1. What makes Jonas feel “desperately lonely”?
  2. The Giver tells Jonas that the memories of pain and suffering give them _____.
  3. What memory was the strongest when the Elders sought the Giver’s advice about increasing the birthrate?  __________
  4. What power did Jonas discover that “frightened” him?
  5. Why does The Giver give Jonas the memory of war?  a) He thinks Jonas is ready for it. b) He thinks Jonas doesn’t understand how hard the job will be.  c) The Giver couldn’t handle all the pain.  d) The Giver thought Jonas would find it interesting.  e) He thinks there might be a war coming.  f) NOTA
  6. What does the boy in the war memory ask for?  a) Death.  b) Relief from pain.  c) Water.  d) Food.  e) Comfort.  f) NOTA

  7. BONUS: What war is it that Jonas experiences?

Chapter 16…

Tuesday, 3/3: Husker Du, Vocab, 600 Words, Giver

Checking Vocab.

“Husker Du, 3/3.” Period One. (Test #19) Answer, not letter, except for #29.
a) enhance  b) migration  c) conflicted  d) fundamental  e) attribute  f) despite  g) integrate  h) justify  i) valid  j) incentive

  • 2. The interviewer asked me what I consider to be my best _____. I told them it was my listening ability.
  • 3. The patient died during the night _____ our best efforts to save him.
  • 9. A dependent clause used as a sentence is called a…   a) a phrase   b) a fragment  c) a run-on  d) a subordinate clause  e) NOTA
  • 16. Rudolpho was upset although his mom made his favorite shnitzel. a) I  b) D  c) I + D  d) D + I
  • 29. Read these sentences from different sections of the article.
    The Allied powers, which included Britain, France, the United States and many other countries, were harshly criticized after the war for their failure to respond.
    Increasing pressure on the Allied powers to create a homeland for Jewish survivors of the Holocaust eventually led to the creation of Israel in 1948.
    What is the relationship between these two sentences?  a) They describe an effect and its early causes.  b) They show action taken to help after initial inaction.  c) They describe a fact and its resulting opinions.  d) They show a reaction and explain the actions that caused it.

“Husker Du, 3/3.” Period Two. (Test #13) Answer, not letter.

  • 1. Mr. Coward was ____ when I saw the 5/10 rating from the guest teacher!  a) tantalized  b) transgression  c) cordial  d) disdain  e) aghast  f) NOTA
  • 2. Everyone promised to ______ by Judge Judy’s decision.  a) compel   b) haggle  c) wheedle  d) ebb  e) intrigue  f) NOTA
  • 15. The part of the story where Eckels steps off the Path.   a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) resolution
  • 17. The mechanical garden that the Emperor “dreamt to being” represents…  a) how the Emperor is as skillful in his own way as the flying man.  b) the fragility and beauty of the Emperor’s kingdom.  c) how China must look from the sky.  d) all of the above.  e) NOTA
  • 18. The Emperor has the Flying One killed because… a) he thinks he will drops stones on the Great Wall.  b) he thinks that the man has an evil heart. c) he fears that someone will use the man’s invention for evil. d) he is jealous of his inventiveness.  e) NOTA

“Husker Du, 3/3.” Period Five. (Test #17) Answer, not letter.
a) quarantine  b) hypochondria  c) pandemonium  d) defray  e) subjugate  f) resolute  g) intercede  h) disgruntled   i) wallow   j) pauper

  • 3. The prefix of this word means between.  _____
  • 4. Anja was ______ about not giving up Richieu until it was too late.
  • 9. After Johnny and Dally died, Ponyboy was ______(ing) in misery and self-pity, and Darry told him to stop.
  • 27. “Volunteered” to go to the bad side at the stadium.  a) Ilzecki  b) Vladek’s father-in-law  c) Wolfe  d) Anja’s father  e) a friend of Vladek’s family, Mordecai.  f) Vladek’s father  g) NOTA
  • 28. Sent to the bad side at the stadium because of having four kids.  a) Tosha  b) Mala  c) Anja  d) Fela  e) Vladek’s father  f) Mala  g) NOTA

“Husker Du, 3/3.” Period Six. (Test #14) Answer, not letter.
a) vivid  b) saw  c) aspire  d) pacify  e) daunting  f) diminutive  g) pragmatic  h) volatile  i) dilemma  j) iconic 

  • 2. Doing your homework every day before playing video games is a _______ strategy for success.
  • 3. It was hard to believe that such a huge voice emanated from such a _______ girl.
  • 4. Sixth Period tried to ____ Mr. Coward’s anger with cookies.
  • 13.  “I had the soup on the stove and the stove just stopped working.”  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax   e) falling action  f) resolution  g) theme  h) irony
  • 16. “Their world is full of Maple Streets. And we’ll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves.”  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax   e) falling action  f) resolution  g) theme  h) irony

“Vocab, 3/3.” Each word gets used at least once, some twice. I will accept two answers for #4. #10 has a bonus using a word from last week.


5. “For the first time, Jonas saw a little ____ of hope.” Just a little hint that things would be ok.
6. Many amputees say they still feel pain and itching in the missing limbs from time to time. This is called _____ pain.
7. Since he was at the movies with his friend at the time of the crime, he had a(n) _____, so he was released.
8. Much to the store owner’s _____, his political beliefs made customers avoid his place.
9. We spent a(n) _____ week in Tahiti lounging on the beach.
10. The lifeguard’s (previous vocab word -nce)  ______(ed) for just a couple minutes, and a kid was hurt.
11. Jonas became _____(ful) of the burden he had to bear, and just wanted his childhood back.
12. As more people moved to the city, it began to ______ out into the nearby farmland.


Checking 600 Words. 2/25-3/3 are the acceptable dates.

While I check, respond to this:

3/3: I think the purpose of school should be…because…

or this:

3/3: What if nobody could lie, ever? Benefits? Downsides? Dealbreakers?  Why?

Giver ch 7.” Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. When parents want to show special affection for a child, they call him/her by number instead of name.  a) True  b) False
  2. What does the Chief Elder say about the future Twelves’ differences in her speech? a) Nothing; it’s considered rude to mention differences.  b) The differences have determined their futures.  c) The differences have stood out more than in previous groups.  d) The differences still need to become sameness.  e) NOTA
  3. Why did the Chief Elder make a joke about chastising Asher’s old teacher?
  4. Why was Asher punished as a Three?
  5. The Giver is written in ____person.



Da Givah aloud.

Wednesday, 2/26: Vocab,

Checking Giver Complex Sentences.

“Commas, 2/26.” If no commas are needed, write “OK.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. I didn’t want to wake you up until I had to.
  4. I asked my BFF the llama what she wanted for lunch.
  5. The wild llama is in fact a vicious predator.
  6. She wanted to tame the wild llama but it was too much for her.
  7. Until I ate that doughnut I didn’t know happiness.
  8. Since we have two hours to kill someone come by and see us.
  9. Eddie Baby please ask your dog Odif the Terrible to leave the cat alone.
  10. There was a very ancient ancestor to the llama which had giant razor-sharp claws.

“Vocab, 2/26.”

  1. The elephant reached out with its ____trunk.
  2. His <in______> assistant ______(ed) more than he helped since he kept messing things up. (< > = Previous vocab word for +1)
  3. One of these days your knees will ____ under the weight of your giant backpacks.
  4. The Latin root of this word means “obvious.” ______
  5. The neighbors’ constantly-barking dogs caused us great ________.
  6. Lack of sleep _____(s) itself in many ways, such as an actual drop in intelligence.
  7. The test supervisor was not very ____, and many students cheated on the test.
  8. (2) Sometimes when a guest teacher is a little _____ in the discipline department, some classes will _____ to being kindergartners again…
  9. (2) …Those classes face great ____ upon Mr. Coward’s return, and they had better _____ in fear of the consequences.
  10. At the beginning of The Midwife’s Apprentice, Beetle didn’t think she deserved to even ______ for a better life.
  11. * In “Harrison Bergeron,” Harrison was able to ______ the laws of gravity, as well as the handicap laws.

  12. BONUS: Why did I italicize TMA (#10) and put HB in quotes (#11)?

WRITE. (Counts for 600, so date it and count it and put it in your folder)

How are “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,” “The Sneetches,” and “Harrison Bergeron” connected? Use an example from each.

The Giver, chapter 1-2.” (10) NOT Collaborative.

  1. What mistake in language did Asher make? (Use the words.)
  2. (quote) How does Jonas feel about his upcoming ceremony of 12?
  3. (2) What are two times being released is not a punishment?
  4. Why does everyone know that Lily’s comment about keeping Gabriel has to be a joke?
  5. What rule did Jonas’s father break?
  6. What rule gets broken all the time?
  7. What happens at the ceremony of 12?
  8. How is that decision made?
  9. We are in the ______ of the story.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) falling action  e) NOTA


Start reading chapter 3. Yes you need sentences for each chapter, not only each night.

Tuesday, 2/4: Spelling, Vocab, Clauses, 600 Words, Vladek

“Spellling, 2/4.”  Write the incorrectly spelled word correctly, or if they are all correct, write “all correct.” NOT COLLABORATIVE! DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR SPELLING LIST!

  1. a) revision  b) requirement  c) beleivable  d) all correct
  2. a) insurence  b) security  c) separately  d) all correct
  3. a) cooperation  b) moveable  c) ignorance  d) all correct
  4. a) maturity  b) narrative  c) creative  d) all correct
  5. What is the rule that this week’s spelling words follow?
  6. Bonus: Find the other spelling mistake in this warm up.

NOT Checking Vocab Definitions, but we hope you did them!

“Vocab, 2/4.” * = AW.
Mike Wong1 get_out_of_jail_free 400 Mum-Daughter 

  1. _____ Pic of a sign with the NIKE swoosh that says Mike Wong, with the W being an upside down McDonald’s logo.
  2. _____ A “Get Out of Jail Free” card from a Monopoly game.
  3. _____ A pic of a kitty in the corner with his front paws in the air, and saying, “I give up!”
  4. _____ Pic of a teenager throwing her hands in the air in anger and rolling her eyes at her mom.
  5. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” -Aristotle. ______
  6. If you search more systematically, instead of so ____(ly), you will be more likely to find whatever you’re looking for.
  7. During the summer, without something to do, some kids can get very _____ and end up not doing much of anything.
  8. After she fell, she got up and tested her leg _____(ly) to see if it would support her weight.
  9. She was always very _____ about her work. That’s why she got A’s.
  10. Many rappers “sing” the praises of “bling” and _____ consumption.
  11. The  _____ student copied his essay from the internet.
  12. (2*) He saw a ____ increase in his test scores after he started studying. Que milagro! It wasn’t just ____ talk from Mr. Coward.

“S/CD/CX, 2/4.” S, CD, CX, Frag, RO

  1. The llama was being petulant , so his mom ate the cheeselog.
  2. His doctor recommended buying a llama and going water-skiing.
  3. The llama thought he was OK until he wasn’t.
  4. When you use a dependent clause as a sentence.
  5. Even though he knew it was a mistake, the llama ate the doughnut anyway.
  6. The crew checked the llama , and the captain prepared her for the sea.
  7. The llama climbed languidly up the very steep hill balancing a duck on his head.
  8. You join two Independent Clauses they are joined improperly.


600 Words/Interviews! This week’s dates are 1/28-2/4. If you are finished with your actual interview, you may begin writing it up. If you don’t wait until the last minute to write your essay, you interview essay will count for next week’s 600 Words… but only the words you write on it up until Monday night.

Some examples of interviews write ups are below.

“Hello Papa. I was wondering if you had time to start the interview right now?” I sent the text to my Grandpa, whom I refer to as Papa. “Sure, that’ll be fine. I’ll get ready” he sent back. I grabbed my notebook and pencils, questions, and tape recorder and headed into the office room. We had set up a week ago to FaceTime; he said he would be glad to answer my questions. The window right next to the computer was making a lot of noise, so I shut it. I logged into FaceTime, and got a call from Papa a few minutes after.

He was FaceTiming me from his iPad camera, situated in the living room. He held the iPad at an upward angle, showing most of the top of his head. I started the recorder and we got started.

Papa has short, dark grey hair that is very soft and thin. He has a large bald spot on the top of his head, and the bald spot always looks shiny. He has yellow looking teeth and a smile that lights up the entire room. Papa’s eyes are a sky blue, protected by square glasses that catch every glimpse of light. His ears are big, so are his smile wrinkles and dimples.

Papa’s voice is deep but smooth, sometimes replaced by coughing. He has a very distinct scent that sticks to all of his clothes. Papa is 75 years old and lives near the sea in San Diego, California. He was originally born in Canada. Papa is fond of traveling to very different places and playing golf with his friends. He is very laid back and chill, and laughs with a smile you can see in his eyes. He is very intelligent and “tech savvy” as well. Papa enjoys to write letters to me, and I enjoy writing back.

Anne Bachmann is 74 years old, and is fit for her age. She swims every day at 5:30 AM for one hour at a swimming club close to her house. She looks like a very kind person, and she is. She has light brown hair that is thin and vibrant blue eyes. Her voice is very inviting and sweet, light but demanding. She has many wrinkles, because she smiles so much. Her smile is amazing. It could easily make anyones day. Her teeth aren’t quite white, but they definitely aren’t yellow.
    I chose this person because she does so much even at her age, and she’s a pretty awesome grandma. I asked her if she would like to do the interview at my great uncles, and she said she would love to, so we scheduled a phone call later the next day. This interview took place over phone. I’m in my room with my pencil, questions, and computer  at the ready. I pick up my phone and dial my grandpa’s and grandma’s home phone because my grandma doesn’t know how to use her Samsung Galaxy S6. I look at the questions and start to right down the first question. “Hi grandma.”
    “Hey there Joey!”
    “Are you ready to start the interview?”
    “Sure, what’s the first question?” And the interview began.

My grandma, who I call Lita, seemed to enjoy being interviewed and showed appreciation for the challenge of remembering what it was like growing up. A few times, she had to really think about a question, and might even ask my grandpa, who I call Lito, who may have the answer to the question. Lito is not as talkative as Lita, so he wasn’t extensively descriptive with his answers. When Lita saw I was taking notes, she would slow down the pace of her talking so I could write. She was thoughtful and kind, and I had a fun time interviewing her.

When Lita is concentrating, she sticks her tongue slightly out of her mouth. I saw her do this multiple times while asking questions. I also noticed that she had a soccer game on in the background and every once in awhile she would turn to Lito and ask if their team had scored.

Lita has light grey, smooth, soft hair. She wears glasses with little nose pads and an oval rim. Her voice is happy and bubbly. When she speaks it is like the room lights up. I love talking to her! Since she lives in Washington, the home state of rain, she usually wears a sweatshirt and jeans, but in the summer she wears nice t-shirts and occasionally a tank top with shorts.



Thursday, 1/16: DWA II – Day II

Avant-garde posters unveiled for Tokyo Olympics

Link to all the Posters!

…and then… Four Day Weekend!

7th Grade Informative/Explanatory District Writing Assessment – Day 2

When you are finished, make sure you have TYPED your name at the top of the document, and then please SHARE your document with me. I will handle printing it!


  • Use the highlight feature to pick sections of the texts to use in your essay. Highlight them and type a note or two on how you might use it.
  • Be sure to say, “According to…” or “So-and-So says…” or “In the article…” EVERY TIME you use something from one of the articles.
  • You should use something from all three sources.
  • Use an example to start the essay, and then ANSWER THE QUESTION (“Technology has had several important effects on communication today. The above was just one example…”).
  • What do all three articles have in common? What are all three trying to say?

7th Grade Informative/Explanatory District Writing Assessment

 Technology is anything created for a specific purpose. A ruler, cell phone, lined paper, and a rocket ship are all technology. Basically, anything that helps make our lives easier is considered technology. In today’s world, technology is growing and changing rapidly to suit our needs. Specifically, it is helping how information is communicated like never before. As you read, think about the ways technology has impacted the way we communicate today.

 You are going to study three sources that talk about technology and communication:


As you study these sources, think about what they show you about technology and how it is used to communicate information.

 Finally, using these three sources, you will write an informative/explanatory essay explaining your thinking.

 For the essay, your focusing question is:

According to these sources, how has technology had an impact on communication?


Remember, a good informative essay:

  • Has a clear introduction
  • States a focus/thesis clearly, precisely, and thoughtfully
  • Uses specific cited evidence from the text(s) to support and develop the topic and explains that evidence
  • Concludes effectively
  • Uses precise language
  • Shows control over conventions


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?