Tuesday, 3/19: Vocab, Roger, Mars!

“Vocab, 3/19.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. The author Ray Bradbury was a very ____ writer, writing at least a thousand words per day.
  7. The bank clerk had to examine the two $100 bills very carefully to tell which was ______.
  8. He ____(ly) tried to jump the fountain on his motorcycle.
  9. That kind of car is very fast, but it is _____ to break down often.
  10. Work is what you are ______(ed) to do. Play is what you are not _____(ed) to do. (Same word.)
  11. Pony couldn’t get the image of Bob, ______ on the pavement, out of his head.
  12. On the show CSI, the crime scene investigators used science to ____ whom the killer was.


“TYM, 3/19.” Write the ANSWER. (15) Bonus. How does the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” relate to the story?

  1. Roger is…  a) a big strong kid. b) just average build.  c) thin but muscular.  d) weak and delicate.  e) fat.   f) NOTA
  2. Why might the boy have told the woman that he would run if she let him go?   a) He was afraid of her.  b) He knew she wouldn’t believe him if he said he wouldn’t.  c) He figured she wouldn’t let him go anyway.  d) All of the above. e) NOTA
  3. Roger probably would have gotten away with Mrs. Jones’ purse if only…  a) he could have run faster.  b) Mrs. Jones had not kicked him.   c) the purse strap hadn’t snapped.   d) he were a little sneakier.   e) NOTA
  4. Roger tried to steal Mrs. Jones’ purse… a) because he was hungry and needed money for food.   b) for the excitement. c) because he wanted a pair of shoes. d) because his family was poor and needed money.   e) a and d.   f) NOTA
  5. (quote) What does Mrs. Jones say Roger could have done to get the money instead of trying to steal her purse?
  6. Why does the boy say his face is dirty? a) He hates to wash.  b) He has nobody to tell him to wash it.  c) He’s been sleeping outside.  d) The water has been shut off at his house.  e) NOTA
  7. Why might Mrs. Jones treat Roger the way she does?  a) Because she’s lonely and needs someone to talk to.  b) She was like him as a kid herself.   c) She realizes that he needs someone to take care of him and teach him a few things. d) She thinks he needs the money.   e) b and c   e) All of the above.
  8. (quote) Why doesn’t Roger run after she turns him loose, or steal her purse when she leaves him alone with it?
  9. How is the story related to the Emily Dickinson poem? a) They’re both about broken hearts.  b) They’re both about a nice person.   c) The story’s author, Langston Hughes, was a poet too.   d) The speaker of the poem wants to do what Mrs. Jones did.  e) Both the poem and the story tell us what we should do with our lives.
    If I can stop one Heart from breaking
    I shall not live in vain
  10. (6) Draw a PLOT MOUNTAIN diagram for this story. Include one event for each part of the diagram.



“The Earth Men” from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

What happens (historically) when two very different cultures meet?

What does telepathy literally mean? ___ ___. (Up to +2!)
What do you think having true telepathy would be like?

Let’s go to Mars.

Wednesday, 9/12: NVA, Vocab, Plot, Outsiders

3rd Period Assembly Schedule Today.

Checking SMYKs.

“NVA, 9/12.” (9)

Homer hit his fat head on the corner of the table and fell with a loud thunk.



“Vocab, 9/12.” (12) * = SAW.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____ (Hint: Why did he move?)
  5. “Johnny and I ______(ed) ourselves on barbecue sandwiches and banana splits.”
  6. lazy : dogged :: flattered : ______
  7. The jury ______(ed) him, so he was free to go.
  8. Moisture and heat help create an environment _____ to the growth of bacteria.
  9. The team’s ____ defense is what kept them in the game. They never gave up.
  10. Pony was _____ when he thought of his parents, remembering how things used to be.
  11. * The teacher didn’t understand Spanish, so the student had to ______ for him.
  12. * After ____(ing) the flight data, they concluded it was a bad engine that caused the crash.



PLOT. COPY into your notebook!

What would the inciting incident be in… HatchetFinding Nemo?  Lion KingFrozen?

  1. The 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) is usually given to us during the ______ of the story.
  2. “And they lived happily ever after,” would be the _____ of a 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.

As we correct, write the answers on the diagram. You may use this cheat sheet on the test Friday.


The Outsiders

Wednesday, 10/11: Apostrophes, Vocab, Outsiders

“Sentence Scramble, 10/11.”  Unscramble into a smooth sentence. You must use all the pieces intact, but there is more than one way to arrange them. Write the completed and punctuated sentence in your notebook. (+1 each for extras.)

  • her creamed corn
  • yelling
  • at the baby sitter
  • onto the floor
  • Jennifer flipped



“Apostrophes, 10/11.” Pluralize and/or possessify. 

  1. She’s sure ____ going to be all right. (it)
  2. My friend _____ goal is to become an astronaut. (Maria)
  3. _____ bright idea was this?  (who)
  4. It was every single _____ nightmare. (student)
  5. The llama wagged ____ tail. (it)
  6. All the ____ clothing is on the second floor. (more than one man)
  7. All the _____ uniforms were new. (player)
  8. The best era for music was the ____. (70)


“Vocab, 10/11.”
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  1. What a(n) ______(ing) smile!
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. “I’m not paranoid! I’m _____ about being apprehended!”
  5. While Mr. Buffy was in training, he took several different vitamin ______(s). (You’ll have to change the form of the word.)
  6. The principal had to ____ through all the conflicting stories to get at the truth.
  7. The fan ____(ed) her way into the sold-out concert by flirting with the security guard.
  8. I was ____ when I saw the 5/10 rating from the guest teacher! (Not apprehensive.)
  9. People get cosmetic surgery because they think it will _____ their appearance.
  10. Cigarette smoking has ___(ed) since 1967 to its lowest rate ever.
  11. As a rule, grandparents respond to _____(ing) more than parents do.
  12. *It is supposed to be a _____(ic) moment when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance.


Outsiders, 9-10. Place the events below on Plot Mountain. More than one event can be in the same place.
exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution

  1. the fire in the church ______
  2. the greasers win the rumble ______
  3. Pony wakes up with a concussion ______
  4. Johnny and Dally die ______
  5. Johnny kills Bob ______
  6. the boys hide out in the church ______
  7. Dally, Johnny, and Pony go to the movies ______

Big Questions so far:

Did Dally die gallant?  What makes you think so/not? Why was his death sadder than Johnny’s?

Outsiders, chapter 11.

How long has passed up to now since the beginning of the book?

Thursday, 9/21: Vocab + Relay, Sentence Combining, FROs, Outsiders

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab, FROs, Outsiders, Husker Du, maybe Sentence Combining.

“Vocab, 9/21.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. humble : vain :: nonchalant : _____
  5. Life is made up of thousands of ____ decisions every day, but some are more important than others.
  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.)
  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. Johnny and Two-Bit were _____ by what Pony said about Darry being mean.



“Sentence Combining, 9/21.” — Combine each group of short, choppy sentences into one smooth-sounding sentence. You may add, subtract, or change words, but make sure to keep the meaning of all the parts.  You will have to punctuate as appropriate. (Bonus: Write more than one combination!)

  1. a) Then a voice freezes his behavior.   b) The voice is stern.   c) The behavior is disturbing.
  2. a) His teacher appears unamused.   b) His teacher is a woman.   c) She is very quiet.   d) She has karate experience.


“FROs 9/21.” Fix the wrong ones for bonus.

  1. Hide in burrows and beneath rocks.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  2. As I wandered too close to the fire.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  3. With a sword in one hand and a shield in the other.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  4. Herds of fiendish llamas called dooms roam the empty countryside.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  5. Is this a fragment?  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  6. The strange life of the llama.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  7. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  8. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on


Outsiders and Plot. Bonus Lightning Round.  Aloud.

After we are introduced to the characters and their situations in the 1)______, we get to the 2)______, which sets our story in motion. The 3)______ is usually the longest part of the story and full of ups and downs. This is where we build up the anticipation for the 4)_____ of the story, which is the highest point of the action in the story and steers us toward our 5) ______ and finally to the “and they all lived happily ever after” of the 6) ______.

Wednesday, Vocab, FROs, Outsiders

Checking SMYKs.

I. “Vocab 9/20.” * = SAW.

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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. Which pair of homophones? ______ and ______. (Yes, the order matters.)
  5. “You’re so ____. You probably think this song is about you.”
  6. Every time Dr. Pavlov rang a bell, he _____(ed) a response from the dog, who thought he was going to be fed.
  7. S.E. Hinton has said that she didn’t have the ____ to be a teacher. Worrying about the kids’ problems wore her out.
  8. It was very (in)____ to cheat on a test and then brag.
  9. The root of this word means “to struggle against.”  ______
  10. I am never going to ____ that store again after they were so rude to me.
  11. * (3) Our _____ consisted of four _____(s). The ____ showed this was the best way to do it.



II. “Sentence Combining, 9/20.” — Combine each group of short, choppy sentences into one smooth-sounding sentence. You may add, subtract, or change words, but make sure to keep the meaning of all the parts.  You will have to punctuate as appropriate. (Bonus: Write more than one combination!)
1.  a) Chuckie bounces wildly in his desk.   b) He is the class clown.   c) He clucks like a chicken.

2.  a) His fingers make sounds.   b) The sounds are scratching.   c) They claw the desktop.   d) The desktop is battered.



III. “FROs, 9/20.”  CS = Correct Sentence.  F = Fragment.  RO = Run on.

  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 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. True/False: One of the ways to fix a run-on is with a conjunction such as and or but


IV. Outsiders and Plot.

Oral – Not Written. Talk them over with your group. When you think everybody in your group has all the answers correct, raise your hands. I will choose whom to call in the group.

  1. The fact that Johnny is getting more out of the book they’re reading than Pony, even though Pony is the “smart” one, is an example of irony.  a) True  b) False
  2. The real message of  “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is that bad things always happen.  a) True  b) False
  3. Which quote best relates to “Richard Cory”?  a) “I was wrong.”  b) “…some of us watch the sunset too.”  c) “I can’t stand fights.”  d) “Things are rough all over.”  e) “I know better now.”
  4. The part where Nemo gets taken by the divers.  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  5. The part where Marlin and Nemo are reunited and Nemo saves Dory.   a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  6. All the things that happen while Marlin is looking for Nemo. _____.  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution

Outsiders aloud.