Thursday, 9/22: Spelling/Vocab + Relay, FROs, Outsiders

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling, Vocab (including SAWs), Plot, FROs, Outsiders.

Due Tomorrow: KBARR (chart + 1 page in notebook or 4 blog posts) and spelling practice (sentences and/or analogies).

“Warm Up, 9/22.”  * = spelling. ** = vocab. *** = SAW. (15p)

  1. * (3) He saluted the _____, who had been in the Marine _____ for 25 years, and who was the ______ reason behind him becoming a Marine.
  2. ** humble : vain :: nonchalant : _____
  3. ** I was _____ to tell the teacher about the cheating I saw, because the person was my friend.
  4. ** Life is made up of thousands of ____ decisions every day, but some are more important than others.
  5. ** The comedian ____(ed) the famous politician’s mannerisms. (Bonus if you actually spell the answer correctly with the suffix.)
  6. ** If you ____ (ed) CPK last night, it benefited the band program.
  7. ** I did not want to be ___(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  8. ** Buck Merrill sometimes sold _____ alcohol.  (It was called bootlegging. Bonus for the origin of the term!)
  9. ** A spy must use ____(ion) and not go blabbing secrets around.
  10. ** I finally had to poke him to ____ any response at all!
  11. *** (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.


Can ANYONE beat Period Three?!

NOTE: For the homophone pairs do this, “Discrete, E, T E.”


“FROs Pretest 9/22.” Write F, RO, or CS as needed. (11/11 = Exempt from this section tomorrow!)

  1. There are shells all over the beach, let’s collect some!
  2. The chuck wagon, a rolling kitchen on wheels.
  3. The word chuck means “food” or “grub,” and that is what they served.
  4. Laughing at the comedian’s act, Jimmy fell off his chair.
  5. The cook was one of the most important persons on the trail, and he was highly paid.
  6. Looking after saddles and bridles was also one of the cook’s jobs.
  7. Explained the rules of the game and demonstrated it.
  8. I love that story; I have read it three times.
  9. Over the hills and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.
  10. Chief Wiggum, the doughnut-eater and chief cop.
  11. True/False: One of the ways to fix a run-on is with a conjunction such as and or but.

Trade and Grade


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Wednesday, 9/21: Spelling/Vocab, FROs, Outsiders

Checking: Show-Me-You-Know sentences.

“Warm Up, 9/21.”  * = spelling.  ** = vocabulary or current SAW. (14p)

  1. * it is : ___ :: who owns : ___ (2p)
  2. * antagonist : protagonist :: villain : _____
  3. * John murdered the Cheerios and then he offed the Captain Crunch and then he snuffed out the Wheaties. John is a _______ killer. Get it? This is a joke on which pair of words? (Bonus: What kind of joke is it?)
     illicit-1 discreet discrete
  4. ** _____
  5. ** _____
  6. ** Which pair of homophones? ______ and ______
  7. ** A twisted rubber band has _____ energy that can be used to fly a small plane.
  8. ** “You’re so ___. You probably think this song is about you.”
  9. ** Every time Dr. Pavlov rang a bell, he _____(ed) a response from the dog, who thought he was going to be fed.
  10. ** Please stop ____(ing) me. I am not 5 years old any more. (Not mimic.)
  11. ** It was very (in)____ to cheat on a test and then brag.
  12. ** This word literally means “discovered speechless.” ______
  13. ** The prefix of this word means across or through: _____.


What is a sentence fragment? How could we fix it?
What is a run-on? How could we fix it?

“FRO Practice I, 9/21.”  (7p) Write CS, F, or RO for each word group. How could we fix the FROs?

  1. Laughing at the comedian’s act.
  2. Chief Wiggum, the doughnut-eater and chief cop.
  3. Up the mountain we trudged.
  4. The wagon was loaded with food it was pulled by two teams of horses.
  5. There are shells all over the beach let’s collect some!
  6. On his back, the bug wriggled his little legs.
  7. Into the hole fell he.


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In chapter 2, Cherry said something to Pony that relates well to the meaning of the poem “Richard Cory.” What did she say to Pony? (Two quotes possible.)


“Nothing Gold Can Stay”

What “gold” has Ponyboy lost? Soda?  Darry?


Tuesday, 9/20: Spelling/Vocab, Outsiders

BLOGS!  We had seven who busted a move last night and three who came close.

Checking: Vocab definitions.

Bonus homophones:
Spell all three correctly for +3!

“Warm Up, 9/20.” * = spelling.  ** = vocabulary. Do not copy. (15)

  1. (2) The roots of the word homophone means _____  _____.
    2. * Dally is Johnny’s _____.
    3. Do you understand the ____(s) of dividing fractions?
    4. * The word ____ comes from the French word for body.
    5. (3) ____ books have been sitting ____ for a long time; I hope ____ coming back soon.
    6. ** _____  7. ** _____  8. ** _____  9. ** _____
    10. **  buy : sell :: boycott : _____
    11. **  legitimate : illicit :: combined : _____
    12. **  The teacher tried to ____ the correct response from the students by giving hints.

“NVAA , 9/20”
1-5: Name the part-of-speech of each boldfaced, underlined word above.


Plot Practice. Use the appropriate terms from the diagram in your notebook to fill the blanks. (7p – 6 minutes.)

  1. The 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) is usually given to us during the ______ of the story.
  2. “And they all died,” would be the _____ of a dystopian fairy tale.
  3. The scene in the novel where Pony tells Cherry (and us) about Johnny getting jumped is in the ______ of the story…
  4. …and it also illustrates main ____ of the story.
  5. Johnny stabbing Bob would be the _______ of the story.
  6. We are now in the _____ of the story.
  7. The part where he says that he likes the Green Eggs and Ham. ______


 Richard Cory” 9/20.

Write a sentence about Richard Cory that begins with the word although.


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Monday, 9/19: Copy Homework, Debrief Test #4, “Richard Cory”

Vocab Monday for Homies.
This week’s SAWs:
impact, transfer, feature, design, potential

  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.


Copy homework into planner. Previous student blogs are here.

Bonus Question: This week’s spelling theme is homophones. The roots of the word homophone mean _______  ________.

Warm Up, 9/19/16. Copy 1-3. *= spelling, ** = vocabulary.

  1. * friendly : hostile :: active : _____
  2. * its, whose, ____
  3. * Sacramento : ______ :: Mr. Calandro : ______ (2)
  4. * It is said that many stereotypes start with a _____ of truth.
  5. *_______ books are *______?  (Must get both.)

Go over Test #4.

Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson


Time? Outsiders.

Third Period needs the PLOT diagram from Thursday.


Thursday, 9/8: Spelling/SAWs, Outsiders, Voibs!

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling, SAWs (all), Outsiders, Husker Du?
(Please RELOAD the test page for the latest version.)

Double-Feature Preview: “Verb!” and “Mr. Morton”

“Warm Up, 9/8.” (17!) Write the answer only. Spelling or SAW (all 10).
maturity, narrative, creative, believable, cooperation, movable,
ignorance, requirement, revision, security, insurance, separately

  1. a) revision  b) requirement  c) beleivable  d) all correct

  2. young : mature :: stationary : _____
  3. (2) His instructions were so ______ that everyone _______(ed) them differently.
  4. His loss in the race was _____ a pulled hamstring muscle.
  5. “_____ is bliss.”
  6. option : requirement :: conflict : _______
  7. (2) A first -person _______ is sometimes more _______ because we usually trust the narrator to tell his own story.

    List all the adjectives you find in each sentence.

  8. My pink llama swam smoothly across the calm seas to his hidden lair.
  9. I climbed Mt. Cheese only to find that the view was disappointing.

    List the verbs you find in each sentence.

  10. “I am wet!” she cried, with a frown on her face.
  11. Millie felt scared as she peeked around the corner.


Messy Room samples?

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Wednesday, 9/7: Debrief Test #2, Spelling/SAWs, Outsiders, VERBS!

Double-Feature Preview: “Verb!” and “Mr. Morton”

Debrief Test #2. Reruns for Friday: #15, 16, 21, 34, 35.
34, 35? Really? Again?

“Warm Up, 9/7.” Copy 2-7! The answers will be spelling words or SAWs from this week. Write the answers for 8-10.

  1. a) insurance  b) security  c) seperately  d) all correct

  2. refusal : cooperation :: childishness : _____
  3. rewrite : revision :: story : ______ 
  4. purpose : function :: requirement : ______
  5. locker : storage :: _____ : security
  6. knowledgeable : ignorant :: young : _____
  7. soldier : obedient :: artist : _____

  8. The reason we drop the last e from a word like narrate  before we add an ending like ive,  is that… a) Narrate ends with a consonant sound.  b) The ending ive  also ends with an e.  c) The ending ive  begins with a consonant  d) The ending ive  makes it an adjective.  e) The ending ive  begins with a vowel.
  9. The reason we don’t drop the last e from a word like separate before we add an ending like -ly, is that… a) Separate ends with a consonant sound.  b) The ending -ly ends with an y.  c) The ending -ly  begins with a consonant  d) The ending -ly  makes it an adjective.  e) NOTA

  10. Based on the videos, copy and complete this sentence: “A verb is a word that…”


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Tuesday, 9/6: Copy Homework, SRI

HOMIES: This week’s SAWs:

guideline, mature, ambiguous, due (to), status

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guideline, mature, ambiguous, due (to), status


Short Week!

Copy homework into planner.

Copy spelling list into notebook. Bonus for practicing spelling words 3x each by Friday in your notebook.

  • maturity
  • narrative
  • creative
  • believable
  • cooperation
  • movable
  • ignorance
  • requirement
  • revision
  • security
  • insurance
  • separately

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