Wednesday, 10/31: Vocab Review, RBC – Bus, Proofreading, Alyce

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab Review, RBC – Weather, Alyce, HUSKER DU?! Bring your RBC Packet; you will need it for the test.

“Vocab, 10/31.”

  1. Most religions promise eternal _____ in something like Heaven. (1)
  2. It was very (in)____ to cheat on a test and then brag. (4)
  3. Ponyboy was very ____ after Johnny cut his hair.  (5)
  4. flashback : reveals :: _____ : foreshadows  (5)
  5. The Socs are the ____ social class in 1967 Tulsa.  (2)
  6. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and ______.  (1)
  7. “You’re hungry?” he said _____(ly), “I’m the one who hasn’t eaten all day!”  (3)
  8. Every time Mr. Coward played the beat, he _____(ed) a response from the class, who thought someone was coming through the door. (4)
  9. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still ______(ed) me. (2)
  10. My parents were a little _____ about the crowd I was hanging out with. (3)
  11. Pony was _____ when he thought of what life was like when his parents were alive. (3)



VOCAB RELAY! I picked 10 words!


“RBC Quiz #2, 10/31.”  Write the answer, not the letter. (7p +7p for squiggle = 14p possible.)

  1. What did you answer for #1?  a) Grand  b) Delaware  c) Lincoln  d) Lawrence  e) NOTA / I didn’t answer this question.
  2. What did you answer for #2? a) weekday  b) weekend  c) holiday  d) I didn’t answer this question.
  3. What is the fourth stop on the route?
  4. What did you answer for #4?  a) 9:20  b) 9:52  c) 9:22  d) 8:57  e) NOTA / I didn’t answer this question.
  5. What did you circle for question #5?  a) A  b) B  c) C  d) D  e) I didn’t circle anything.
  6. About how many hours of the day does this schedule show? a) 5  b) 7 1/2  c) 12  d) 17  e) You can’t tell.
  7. If you wanted to travel from Memorial Hospital to Lawrence Station on this line, and you catch the 8:14 bus, what time will you arrive at Lawrence Station?  a) 8:14  b) 8:25  c) 7:55  d) 8:28  e) You can’t tell.


“Proofreading, 10/31.”
a) fragment b) run on c) apostrophe or plural error d) word misuse e) no mistake

23) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   24) I thought I’d like it a lot; I did.  25) Everybody’s phone or music player should have this album on it.   26) Are you going to buy only one album this year? It should be this one.  27) You’re into space country music and stuff like that, you will especially like this.
28) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”  29) Its a very wistful song about missing the good ol’ days bowling with punk rock dudes.   30) Do you remember those days? I would’nt think that you would.   31)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a section featuring JayZ that really enhances the whole thing.


ALYCE – to the end!

  • Alyce has three good options in Chapter 17; but instead of choosing one of these, she decides to return to the village.
    -What are her three options?  -Why does she decide to return to the village instead?
  • Initially, Jane Sharp would not allow Alyce to be her apprentice again. Why?
  • Did Alyce find what she was looking for from life?
  • What do you think the main theme of the book is?
  • Read the dedication. What does it mean?

-What might Alyce think about living here today and going to 7th Grade classes at Laguna?

Tuesday, 10/30: Vocab Review, Proofreading, Product Labels, TMA

“Vocab Review, 10/30.” I hope your notebook is organized! The dates for your definitions should match these!

  1. (8/20) Even though he may not be “book-smart” he has a lot of _____ about the world.
  2. (8/20) Some people might have called him weird, but he preferred to be called a (non-)_____(ist).
  3. (8/20) For Esteban, the word dropout had the ____of a delinquent who breaks windows and graffitis and such.
  4. (8/27) At the party, he stood ______ off to the side of the room, quietly watching the festivities.
  5. (8/27) It was rather _______ that her dog was run over by an Animal Rescue vehicle.
  6. (9/10) Moisture and heat help create an environment _____ to the growth of bacteria
  7. (9/10) I was _____ when Dad blamed me for breaking the lamp instead of my sister. 
  8. (9/17) The teacher tried to ___ the correct response from the students by giving hints.
  9. (9/17) I did not want to be ___(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  10. (9/24) The thief __(ed) the alarm system, and was able to steal the jewels.
  11. (9/24) The large farm owners are often accused of ____(ing) the workers who pick the crops.

“Proofreading, 10/30.”  (9p)
a) fragment b) run on c) apostrophe or plural error d) word misuse e) no mistake

23) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   24) I thought I’d like it a lot. And I did.  25) Everybody’s phone or music player should have this album on it.   26) If you’re going to buy only one album this year, it should be this one.  27) Especially if you’re into space country music and stuff like that.
28) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”  29) It’s a very wistful song about the good ‘ol days bowling with punk rock dudes.   30) Do you remember those days? I wouldn’t think that you would.   31)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a defunct section featuring JayZ.

Correct RBC — Product Information. (7p)

“RBC Quiz #1.” (7p) Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. The medicine is labeled for use in all these cases, except…  a) flu.  b) common cold  c) aches and pains  d) headache  e) It is labeled for all these.
  2. For up to how many days can this medicine be taken for a headache?  a) 1  b) 3  c) 10  d) 14  e) It doesn’t say.
  3. This is an OTC drug, as opposed to a prescription one. What does OTC mean? 
  4. This drug can be used to reduce swelling.  a) True  b) False
  5. Who should not take the tablets at all?
  6. Since this is an OTC drug, it can be considered completely safe.  a) True  b) False
  7. As it is used on the label, what does the word Indications [A] mean?


Thursday, 10/25: Vocab + Relay, Proofreading, TMA

Tomorrow’s Test: (Today is a preview!) Vocab, Proofreading, Husker Du, TMA.

Counselor Presentation!

“Vocabulary, 10/25.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. After Mr. Shmarty lost his ring at the beach, they _____(ed) through the sand until they found it.
  6. The new landscaping in front of the house really ______(ed) its value.
  7. I found your story _____(ing), but ultimately unbelievable.  
  8. Genevieve’s  wardrobe was rather ____ and boring until she went on the show What Not to Wear.
  9. I really like mystery novels because of all the adventure and _____.
  10. “Why don’t you get a job?”   asked Steve.  “What?!” Two-Bit was _____. “And ruin my rep?”
  11. Ponyboy was _____ about appearing in juvenile court.
  12. * The police said there was enough evidence to _____ murder charges.




Proofreading, 10/25.” Find ’em all!  (+8 possible). This is your study guide for tomorrow


TMA. What inspired Alyce to go see Edward at the manor?


Wednesday, 10/24: Vocab, Proofreading and TMA

Why is the title of today’s post incorrect?




“Vocab, 10/24.”
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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. Since 1967, cigarette smoking has ___(ed)  to its lowest rate ever.
  11. As a rule, grandparents respond to _____(ing) more than parents do.
  12. *______     13. *_____   14.*_____


“Proofreading, 10/24.” (+7 possible)

     Another good song on the album “Death Metal Guys.”  They sing about how crazy these guys are, and how they have lot’s of tattoos. The best part about it is it’s a country song, I like country songs. There are also songs about ventriloquists, llamas, and the Dalai Lama. As you can see, this band is pretty funny.

    The album has a lot of songs, but some are as short as a minute. One thing I don’t like about it. I wish the songs were longer sometimes. Still, I think this album is worth your time and money because it is funny, it rocks, and you get many songs for the price. You’d be a boon shopper if you bought this album. Now I’m going to put my headphones on listen to some Love Baby Kiss Doll.


“TMA, 10/24.”

  1. Why had Magister Reese been watching Alyce?
  2. (2) Why does Magister Reese teach Purr to read instead of teaching Alyce? (You need to justify two things!)


Tuesday, 10/23: Vocab, Proofreading, TMA

“Vocabulary, 10/23.” Write the vocab word. Yes, you might use words more than once.

  1. _____
  2. _____ (Fill in the blank on the cup.)
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. Third period tried to ______ Mr. Coward into postponing the assignment, but Denial is not just a river in Egypt.  (Bonus: What is this type of joke called?)
  7. We were a little _____ when the pilot said it was his first flight. (Not aghast.)
  8. We were ______(ed) by his mysterious-sounding voice.
  9. (2) The class was ____ that someone would be silly enough to commit a ___ like that in front of Mr. Coward.
  10. (2) Another name for detention might be “____ behavior _____(ment).” (Bonus: What’s this kind of expression called? Or give another example.)
  11. *



“Proofreading, 10/23.” (+6 possible)

    The album features good songs, my favorite song is called, “Can I Take My Gun Up to Heaven?” because its so funny. Also a little ironic. Why would you need a gun up in Heaven? The song also has some harps on it. Do you get it? It’s because their up in Heaven, so they need their harps. The song also has a lot of rocking guitars and a rap section featuring Ice-T. I have listened to this song at least a million times, already I just downloaded it yesterday. It is incredulous that any song could be that good.


TMA 10-11, 10/23.” Group Quiz! Use complete sentences. (10p: 5p for using actual sentences.)

  1. (p66) Why does Alyce tell Edward to be sure to tell the people at the manor about how Jane delivered the “Lady Agnes’s stubborn son”?
  2. (p69) What turns out to be the reason Emma Blunt’s baby wasn’t coming out?
  3. (quote – 70) The real reason Alyce leaves the village is that she…
  4. (2) This story is a sort of a quest. What is Alyce searching for? What makes you think so?

Monday, 10/22: Planners, SAWs, Debrief Test #9, TMA

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 10/22.”
rely (verb) to depend
react (verb) to respond
alternative (adjective) other, different
justify (verb) to show or prove to be right; to defend
proportion (noun) fraction; compared amounts; amount as compared to a whole


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. We had to come up with a(n) _____ for butter when we ran out.
  7. “Every action has an equal and opposite _____(ion).”
  8. My mom made me _____ why I needed a new phone before she said yes.
  9. Some of the money goes to cover expenses, but a large _____ is donated to charity.
  10. The whole village must ____ on one well for all its water.


Proofreading Practice I. Proofread up to the end of the first paragraph. List all the mistakes you find and how to fix them. +1 point for each correctly found and fixed, -1 for each missed and/or each wrongly corrected.

Debrief Test #9. Some classes did ok… Some, not so much.

Alyce Aloud.





Thursday, 10/18: Transitions, Vocab + Relay, TMA

Tomorrow’s Test: Transitions, Vocab/SAWs, Husker Du FROs (sigh), TMA.

“Transitions, 10/18.” in fact, consequently, because, furthermore, instead, for example, nevertheless 

A vegetarian can be defined as someone who does not eat meat, fish, or other animal products, such as eggs or cheese; 1) _____, he or she eats vegetables, fruits, grains, and seeds. 2) _____ this diet consists of non-meat food sources, a vegetarian typically consumes less fat and cholesterol than an individual who consumes meat. 3) _____, raising animals for food uses valuable land, water, and energy. This is one of the reasons many people become vegetarians. 4) _____, adopting a vegetarian diet helps conserve the valuable resources that our future depends on.


“Husker Du, 10/18.”

  1. We have three ______ in our class. (Morris)
  2. The upstairs library is a great place to quietly study.  Adjectives?
  3. us: a) first person b) second person c) third person  d) fourth person
  4. That embarrassing moment when you realize that your llama just wrote a run on sentence.  a) Fragment  b) Run On  c) Correct Sentence
  5. Up, up, and away went my beautiful llama balloon.    a) Fragment  b) Run On  c) Correct Sentence



“Vocabulary 10/18.”

  1. (roguish pirate pic)_____
  2. (two side of a bridge under construction that don’t line up)_____ (not sham)
  3. (a woman hungrily eyeing a jar of cookies)_____
  4. (a guy striking a huge gong) ____
  5. (2) Job Applicants’ Coach: “Always remember that the most ____ person is the person who can hide his ____(ce) best.”
  6. Everyone promised to ____ by Judge Judy’s decision.
  7. The large donation was quite a(n) _____ for the poor little non-profit organization.
  8. Investors lost millions on the ______ investment scheme. (not incompetent)
  9. The cat liked to “bite at the ____(ingly) moving pen.”
  10. (2) Is high-technology a _____ for mankind, or is it a _____ and just another way for companies to sell more stuff?
  11. * Make sure that ladder is _____ before you climb it.




These will be questions on tomorrow’s test

  • Why does Jane the Midwife not notice that Alyce is gaining skills and respect in the village?
  • Why does Alyce deliver the bailiff’s wife’s baby, instead of the midwife?
  • What prompted Alyce’s first smile?
  • What part of the story are we in?
  • After she proved herself by delivering Alyce Little, how does the midwife treat Alyce?
  • Why do the boys say they are chasing Runt?