Tuesday, 11/5: Vocab Review, RBC-Weather, Alyce

“Vocab Review, 11/5.” I hope your notebook is organized! The dates for your definitions should match these!
incredulous, aloof, facade, ironic, exploit, conform, savvy, connotation, bliss, gingerly, wistful, reluctant, conducive, indignant, circumvent, leery, illicit, patronize, elicit, vain, siege, delirious

  1. (8/19) Even though he may not be “book-smart” he has a lot of _____ about the world.
  2. (8/19) Some people might have called him weird, but he preferred to be called a (non-)_____(ist).
  3. (8/19) For Esteban, the word dropout had the ____of a delinquent who breaks windows and graffitis and such.
  4. (8/26) At the party, he stood ______(ly) off to the side of the room, quietly watching the festivities.
  5. (8/26) It was rather _______ that her dog was run over by an Animal Rescue vehicle.
  6. (9/9) Moisture and heat help create an environment _____ to the growth of bacteria
  7. (9/9) A savvy person is usually ______ of a deal that looks too good to be true.
  8. (9/9) I was _____ when Dad blamed me for breaking the lamp instead of my sister. 
  9. (9/16) The teacher tried to ___ the correct response from the students by giving hints.
  10. (9/16) I did not want to be ___(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  11. (9/16) I was _____ to tell the teacher about the cheating I saw, because the person was my friend.
  12. (9/23) The thief __(ed) the alarm system, and was able to steal the jewels.
  13. (9/23) The large farm owners are often accused of ____(ing) the workers who pick the crops.


Correct RBC p346/347: Weather Map (5p) + Charts/Graphs (10p)

“RBC – Weather, 11/5.”

  1. The horizontal lines on p346 represent…
  2. (p346) Many of the satellite photos we see on tv and on the ‘net are provided by the NOAA. What does that abbreviation stand for?
  3. In the context of weather (p347), the word precipitation means…
  4. What does the big capital H on the map on p347 mean?
  5. What do the shaded bands on the map on p347 represent?
  6. (p347) Areas of low pressure seem to be associated with…  a) warm temperatures  b) a lot of wind  c) flooding  d) precipitation e) cheese
  7. Which of these is the warmest city on the map on p347?  a) San Francisco  b) Las Vegas  c) Honolulu  d) Phoenix  e) Miami
  8. (p347) Which of these cities has weather that is most similar to our current weather?  a) San Francisco  b) Billings  c) Raleigh  d) Phoenix  e) Miami
  9. According to the map on p347, about how far is it from San Francisco to Salt Lake City?  a) 350 miles  b) 1000 miles  c) 1500 miles  d) 750 miles  e) You can’t tell.


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? What makes you think so? What attributes does she have that might make her be successful here and now.


Thursday, 10/31: Proofreading, Vocab, TMA

No KBARR Response needed tomorrow!

Tomorrow’s Test: Proofreading, Vocab, Husker Du, Alyce.

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

1) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese; it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   2) I thought I’d like it a lot, I did.  3) Your phone or music player should have this album on it.   4) Are you going to buy only one album this year? Then it should be this one.  5) You’re into space country music and stuff like that, then you will especially like this.
6) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” 7) Its a very wistful song about missing the good ol’ days bowling with punk rock dudes.   8) Do you remember those days? I would’nt think that you would.   9)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a section featuring Jay-Z that really enhances the whole thing.  10) Overall, this album would be a boon for you’re music collection.

“Vocab, 10/31.”
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  1. _____ (Bonus if you can translate! Good luck with that.)
  2. (2) _____ and ______
  3. _____
  4. “Quick, Bartlett! ______ them with hope!”
  5. “It’s times like these we really need to roll up our sleeves, rally together, and find a _____.”
  6. Everybody has _______(s) that other people might find weird.
  7. Patience with the ways of nature had been ____(ed) in her by her park ranger father.
  8. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____
  9. “S’up?” is an example of  _______ language.
  10. In professional sports, the coach is often the _____for a team’s bad performance, even if it isn’t always his fault.
  11. Some people in this class have such a _____ of points that they could skip a test, take a zero, and still have an A.
  12. “I am but a poor woman with this wretched inn and a blind man to care for. I am sure God does not ____ me my little economies.”
  13. * (2) They _____(ed) his success to several ____(s) that he had, such as diligence and loyalty.

NextGen VOCABULARY RELAY! The class that gets around the room fastest with the fewest mistakes wins! If you are one of the people who gets a rerun, you’d better be ready! Count off, remember your number, and preview your question before we get to you. Each wrong answer adds 3 seconds to the total time.

  1. True/False? Referring to a judge as “Your Honor,” is an example of colloquial language.
  2. True/False? Always eating chicken before a baseball game is a good example of an idiosyncrasy.
  3. True/False?  The words surfeit and abundance are similar in meaning.
  4. True/False?  Shaving your head is an example of a metamorphosis.
  5. True/False? Mr. Coward uses many colloquialisms.
  6. True/False? The word scapegoat is based on actual goats.
  7. True/False? In the word instill, the prefix in– means not.
  8. True/False? The word scapegoat can be used as a verb.
  9. True/False? In the word transfixed, the prefix trans– means nailed.
  10. True/False? At the end of The Outsiders, Ponyboy is optimistic about getting out of the ‘hood.
  11. True/False?  Dally was a pessimistic person.
  12. True/False?  The birth of a two-headed cow would be a phenomenon.
  13. True/False?  When you are begrudging, you are enthusiastic.
  14. True/False? Alyce has a surfeit of self-confidence.
  15. True/False? When Alyce first started working for the midwife, the other villagers used her as a scapegoat for their dislike of Jane.
  16. True/False? Two-Bit was a naturally pessimistic person.
  17. True/False?  In the word transfixed, the prefix trans– means through.
  18. True/False? The midwife was rather begrudging about feeding Beetle


Questions on tomorrow’s test:

What’s the real reason Alyce left the village?
Why was Magister Reese watching Alyce while she worked?
What’s the point of Jane’s speech to Magister Reese on p88?
What inspires Alyce to go check on Edward?
What causes Alyce’s first cry?
Where on Plot Mountain would these events be? –Alyce saves Will.  –Alyce runs away.  — Alyce visits the manor.
What is our main conflict?
1st, 2nd or 3rd person?

Tuesday, 10/29: Proofreading, Vocab, TMA, Narrative Prep

SMYK’s are now due Thursday!

Proofreading, 10/29.  fragment, run on, apostrophe or plural error, word misuse, no mistake

1) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   2) I thought I’d like it a lot, and I did.  3) Everybody’s phone or music player should have this album on it.   4) If you’re going to buy only one album this year, it should be this one.  5) Especially if you’re into space country music and stuff like that.
6) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”  7) It’s a very wistful song about the good ‘ol days bowling with punk rock dudes.  8) Do you remember those days? I wouldn’t think that you would.   9)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a defunct section featuring JayZ.
10) My one complaint is that the album is too long, and my enthusiasm started to ebb by the end.


“Vocabulary, 10/29.” (13)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. “If there are no other ideas, then it’s agreed we blame the media.” _____
  4. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  5. The hill with the M on it is known _____(ly) as Madonna Mountain, but its real name is… (Bonus: en Espanol.)
  6. Mr. Calandro is trying to _____ a sense of kindness in the students of Laguna.
  7. The replays of the rescue ____ TV watchers all over the country.
  8. The _____ of two full moons in one month is called a blue moon.
  9. The root of this word means “shape.”   ______
  10. He didn’t think the judgement was fair, so he only paid the money ______(ingly).
  11. There is always a ______of food and drink at the MidState Fair.
  12. True or False? Always taking the same route to school is a good example of an idiosyncrasy. 
  13. * She has several positive ______(s) that make her a good fit for the job.


Narrative Prep. Checking Show not Tell’s!

Prompt and Instructions.
Think about your SnT:
Does it tell the story? What’s the conflict? What was the “inciting incident”? (How did this ball get rolling?)
How is it resolved?
Conclusion: What effect did this have on your life? Now you can slide back into Telling mode.

Tomorrow, you will write it live!


Alyce and Edward.



Monday, 10/28: Homework, AW’s, Debrief Test #10, TMA

Copy homework into planner.

“AW’s, 10/28.”
attribute (verb) to attach, to associate
attribute (noun) a quality or feature
(in someone’s) interest (idiom) helpful to someone; for the benefit of someone (adjective)
relocate (verb) to move to a new place
project (verb) to predict; to estimate a future amount or direction
statistics (noun) numerical information
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. After her dad got a new job, the family had to ______ to Texas.
  5. It’s ______ to study for the test because it’s your grade not mine.
  6. He has many fine _____(s) such as diligence and kindness.
  7. San Luis Coastal district has _____(ed) that they will lose money when Diablo closes.
  8. People use ____ to try to prove many things, but numbers can sometimes lie.
  9. The successful woman ___(ed) her success to listening to her middle school English teacher.


Debrief Test #10. Ooooh Boy Howdy! PROOFREADING!

TMA. Our plot begins! The Inn.

Wednesday, 10/23: Vocab, Proofreading, Fun Demos, 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. A receptacle is a container.)
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. While Senor Macho was in training, he took several different vitamin ______(s). (You’ll have to change the form of the word.)
  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. Since 1967, cigarette smoking has ___(ed)  to its lowest rate ever.
  10. (2) The class was ____ that someone would be silly enough to commit a ___ like that in front of Mr. Coward.
  11. (2) Another name for detention might be “____ behavior _____(ment).”
  12. *_____ the surgeon’s best efforts, the patient didn’t survive.
  13. *It was hard to be _____ with her when I was so angry.


Proofreading Practice I. Proofread the yellow highlighted part. 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. The group with the highest score wins!

Fun Examples. Don’t just show the actions you are doing, SHOW THE FUN! Show the feelings! The exhilaration!


TMA. Name someone who is nice (or nearly so) to Alyce.