Wednesday, 9/27: Vocab, Sentence Combining, FROs, Outsiders

“Vocab, 9/27.” You will use words more than once.
1. ____  2. ____ 3._____ 4.____
5.  flashback : reveals :: ____ : foreshadows
6. He was a bit ____ after he got hit in the head during the rumble.
7. Two-Bit told Pony about one of his ____(s) while Pony did the dishes.
8. The company that made that toy is now ______, so you can’t buy it any more.
9. mature : juvenile :: clear-headed : _______
10. The thief ____(ed) the alarm system, and was able to steal the jewels.
11. It is sometimes fun to ___ a little brother or sister’s lack of savvy.

12. * Draw a picture that represents one of the SAWs for this week. No WORDS!!! Each person in the group has to pick a different word to draw. You may suggest pictures for each other to draw. I will choose notebook to display to see if we can ID your pic.


“Sentence Combining, 9/27.”

1a. The teacher said something.  1b. She said to get in our seats.  1c. One student did something else.  1d. That student ran around the room.  1e. The running was delirious.
Hint: comma + but. Also: -ly  

2a. Cell phones are banned.  2b. They are banned in most schools.  2c. Cell phones cause distractions.  2d. The distractions are to learning.  2e. Cell phones are sometimes used for cheating.
Hint: because. Also: comma + and.


“FROs, 9/27.” CS, F, RO?

  1. Five times in a row the boys rode the roller coaster.
  2. The curtain opened the show began.
  3. For example, the introduction of llamas into the classroom.
  4. May groan, spit, or kick.
  5. A young llama, while a bit awkward, is still a scary opponent.
  6. What a fragment is.
  7. Up one side and down the other went the llama.
  8. This restaurant discriminates against llamas let’s boycott it!
  9. Joey and the llama went hiking and fishing in the country.



Questions for the Homie Groups:
What was the inciting incident of the Pony vs Darry conflict? What was the climax?


Read aloud.

Tuesday, 9/26: Vocab, FROs, Sentence Combining, Outsiders

“Vocab, 9/26.” (15)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. At the family reunion, we sat around ___(ing) about the last reunion.
  7. The world traveler’s _____(s) made for an exciting book.
  8. The quarterback ____(ed) every weakness in the defense, and threw for 5 touchdowns.
  9. “Johnnycake made a kind of a gasp and his eyes were ______(ing)” with rage.”
  10. Ponyboy has a ______ when they first arrive at the church that something bad might happen. (Bonus: What’s the literary version of this?)
  11. reminisce : predict :: obey : _____
  12. * (4) The billionaire started a ______  _____ to try to ______ the goal of ____(ing) the human lifespan. (Only crucial not used.)


“Sentence Combining, 9/26.” AS A GROUP, come up with the smoothest sounding sentence you can for each group. EVERYBODY must have the sentence combo written down before you move to the next one. Be sure to read the sentence aloud to yourself before you decide it’s OK. When I call on your group, you must all read the sentence out loud together.

1a. The table is littered with garbage.   1b. The garbage belongs to the “other guy.”
HINT: Use an apostrophe!

2a. Dishes are stacked in a clutter.   2b. Cups are stacked in a clutter.   2c. Yogurt cartons are stacked in a clutter.   2d. The clutter is disgusting.
HINT: Commas + and!

3a. Off to one side is a hamburger.   3b. The hamburger is half-eaten.   3c. Flies swarm about there.   3d. The swarming is hungry.
HINT: Hungrily.


FROs. Trade and Grade p28. +1 for 11/13, +2 for 12/13, +3 for 13/13. -5 for not done.


“The Outsiders, Chapter 6 Reading Check, 9/26.” Write the answer.

  1. (“Quote.”) What is one of the reasons Dally gave Johnny for not turning himself in? (p89-90)
  2. What do we learn about Dally when he talks to Johnny about jail? (p89-90)
  3. When does Pony say was the first time he ever saw Johnny without that “defeated, suspicious look” on his face?  (p92)
  4. True/False? It was ironic that Pony mentioned that he wanted to take off Dally’s jacket in the church because it was too hot.
  5. True/False?  It is ironic when Jerry says, “…Or are you just professional heroes or something?”
  6. How/when does Pony finally realize that Darry really does care about him? (p98)

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.

Tuesday, 9/19: Vocab, FROs, Outsiders

Checking SMYKs.

Bonus: Homophones:
Spell all three correctly for +3!


“Vocab, 9/19.” * = current SAW.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. buy : sell :: boycott : ____
  5. legitimate : illicit :: combined : ____
  6. The teacher tried to ____ the correct response from the students by giving hints.
  7. This word literally means “discovered speechless.” ______
  8. I did not want to be ___(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  9. I was _____ to tell the teacher about the cheating I saw, because the person was my friend.
  10. * (3) Could you please ____ the source where you found the _____ that you used for your _____?


FROs! Fragments and Run Ons.

What’s wrong with this?

Why is this ironic and funny?

What does a sentence have to have?
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 hiked.
  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.
  8. I love that story; I have read it three times.




  1. Write a sentence about “Richard Cory” that begins with the word although.
  2. On p34-35, 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?


Outsiders aloud.