Wednesday 11/8: Transitions, Vocab + Relay, Alyce

Tomorrow’s Test (already?): Transitions, Vocabulary, RBC Remote, TMA.

Checking KBAR Summaries.

“Transitions, 11/8.” (9p)
furthermore, first, in fact, until then, consequently, in contrast, second, then, however, but, nevertheless

  1.  (3) ______, I will boil the water. ______, I will brew the tea, and ____, I will serve it.
  2. I know Pedro quite well. _____, Pedro happens to be my best friend.
  3. Jackie studies all the time; ______, Billy never studies. (Not however. Not that one either.)
  4. First, Mary went to the store, and _____ she went to visit her mother.
  5. (2) The medication seems effective. _____, more research must be done to see if it’s safe. _____, it’s best to avoid it.

  6. Write a sentence using the word nevertheless. (Bonus if it is about Alyce.)



“Vocabulary Practice, 11/8.” Write the word. (12p)

  1. (#6) _____
  2. (#6) _____
  3. (#9) _____
  4. (#7) _____
  5. (#6) We sat there, ___(ed) in his fascinating shipwreck tale.
  6. (#6) The theme of Richard Cory is that what you ______ is not necessarily what the reality is.
  7. (#8) compelling : boring :: scarce : _____
  8. (#8) “Now, now, don’t be ______. Speak up!”
  9. (#7) I was ____ when I saw the 5/10 rating from the guest teacher!
  10. (#7) Cigarette smoking has ___(ed) since 1967 to its lowest rate ever.
  11. (#9) Everyone promised to ____ by Judge Judy’s decision.
  12. (#8) His brother’s sudden disappearance caused great ______ in the family.



“RBC Web Page, 11/8.”  (7p) Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. When the student searched for “Could an asteroid hit Earth?” the search engine returned more than 10,000 results. a) True b) False c) You can’t tell.
  2. Even though the student asked a five word question, the search engine ignored one or more of them. How many words were ignored? a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 4
  3. A link is always underlined. a) True b) False
  4. A web address is also known as a… a) ULR. b) http. c) search engine. d) site. e) URL.
  5. Not including the search feature, how many “interactive areas” (places where you can do something) are linked to on the “All About Asteroids” main page? a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 4 e) 0
  6. From what we can tell from the main page, the “All About Asteroids” site gives information on… a) how many asteroids hit Mars each year. b) how people can make their own model asteroids. c) what an asteroid is. d) movie myths about asteroids. e) all of the above.
  7. Which link would you click to look for something else about asteroids on the “All About Asteroids” site that’s not listed on the main page? a) See More Science Topics b) See More General Topics c) Search This Site d) E-mail the Authors e) Take This Poll


ALYCE – to the end!

  • Who is the month of June named after? Why is that important to this story?
  • 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?
  • This book was a sort of a quest story. What was Alyce looking for? Did she find it?
  • What do you think the main theme of the book is?
  • Read the dedication. What does it mean?

-Would you want to trade places with Alyce? (why? or why not?)
-Are there any advantages to her situation, compared to yours? (besides homework).
-What might Alyce think about going to 7th Grade classes at Laguna Middle School?

Tuesday, 11/7: CRAAP, Vocab, RBC, Alyce

The CRAAP Test.
Currency – Relevance – Authority – Accuracy – Purpose

“CRAAP, 11/6.”

  1. As I display each web page, talk over with your group what links I should click to try to determine the main purpose of the website.
  2. As I click the links, talk over with your group what the purpose of the website is:
    –Advocacy – to sway opinion, to advocate for something?
    –Commercial – to promote or sell something?
    –Reference/information – to provide useful information or services?

Please say what you think the purpose is and what makes you think so.



“Transitions, 11/7.” Write the appropriate transition word or phrase for each blank.
meanwhile, furthermore, first, third, in fact, until then, consequently, in contrast, nevertheless, however, for example, as a result

  1. He stayed up too late last night; ______, he slept until noon.
  2. I would like to read many books; _____, I don’t seem to have enough time to read.
  3. John ate and ate; _____, he never gained weight.
  4. I want you to buy milk, eggs, and fruit juice; ____, I want you to be sure to get cereal and ice cream.
  5. I was concentrating on my homework. ____,  the soup boiled over.

  6. Write a sentence about Alyce using the transition word therefore.


“Vocabulary, 11/7.”  Use lists 6-9. 

  1. _____
  2. What a(n) ______(ing) smile!
  3. “I’m not paranoid! I’m _____ about being apprehended!”
  4. (2) “When applying for a job, always remember that the most ____ person is the person who can hide his ____(ce) best.”
  5. Give an example of a derivative of the root ject.
  6. (2) In the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” the tortoise is ______ and the hare is ______.
  7. The clown _____(tion) filled the parking lot with tiny cars.
  8. I really like mystery novels because of all the adventure and _____.
  9. In his classroom, the least ___ is met with serious consequences.
  10. The Socs’ attitude toward the greasers is one of _____.
  11. The three hour Advanced Placement test was very _____. She took a long nap afterward.
  12. He was ___(ed) to his room until his homework was finished.


Checking RBC 368-369

“RBC Public Notice, 11/8.” Write the answer NOT the letter. (10p)  Collaborative.

  1. There are classes for kids of all ages under 18.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  2. You have to be able to swim to sign up for the swim classes. a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  3. Which class would it probably be smart to sign up early for?
  4. Why?
  5. You have to have your own cleats and shin guards to sign up for soccer.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  6. You have to have your own musical instrument to be in the jazz band.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  7. You have to be able to speak English to participate in the activities.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  8. Which of the activities do(es) not say it requires parental permission?  a) soccer  b) swimming  c) band  d) band and soccer  e) They all require parental permission.
  9. (2) What are two things you could do to find more info about the classes?



Why is “giving up” different than “failing”?


What prompted Alyce’s first cry? Was Alyce’s trip to the manor a success?  Does she accomplish all she wanted to?

Wednesday, 10/25: SS, Vocab, TMA

“Warm Up, 10/25.” Copy and label each SAW as a Noun, Verb or ADJective.

  1. impose:
  2. literacy:
  3. rigid:
  4. allocate:
  5. voluntary:

“Sentence Scramble, 10/25.”

Your group has to “serial read” your sentence. I will pick a person to start and then each person will read a chunk and then the next will read the next and around and around. Tip: After the sentence is finished, separately underline or circle each chunk so it’s easier to see where you are when you have to read in turn.

  • saw witches and devils
  • and fear lived
  • suddenly
  • everywhere
  • in every cottage
  • the whole village
  • married the midwife
  • to the village
  • and the cat laughed
  • and called her Alyce
  • the pope came
  • and the king


“Vocabulary, 10/25.”

  1. “This is the letter A. It’s the first letter of the alphabet. So much for the initial consultation. Further advice requires $1000.” ______
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. responsible : disreputable :: calm : ____ (Bonus: Add -ing to another vocab word and it becomes a 2nd correct answer!)
  6. I cannot ____ someone who cheats. He or she will face consequences.
  7. Winning the lottery is not always the _____ people think it will be.
  8. Some people think it’s a good idea to build a giant fence to try to _____ the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants.
  9. On the last day of school, the screams of joy will _____ in the hallways.
  10. He bought his computer from a(n) ____ dealer, and when it broke the next day, they told him he was out of luck. (Not sham.)
  11. We must all ____ by the same rules.
  12. The word midwife is a ______ of the Middle English words meaning “with woman.”


TMA, 10/25.”  Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. Why does Alyce save Will? a) She’s scared she might go to Hell if she doesn’t. b) She’s scared she’ll be the one the village blames for his death. c) She doesn’t want to help send Will to Hell.  d) She says she doesn’t know.  e) She kind of likes him  f) NOTA
  2. By “pluck” (p39) Will means…
  3. Which of the following is the only example of someone in the village who is nice to Alyce before the Devil comes?  a) Jack and Wat  b) the miller’s wife  c) Grommet Smith  d) the baker’s wife  e) NOTA (Someone else.)
  4. What’s wag? (“…Aww this wag grows boresome…” -p41) a) What a dog’s tail does.  b) A shake of the head.  c) Teasing and taunting.  d) Drunkenness.  e) NOTA
  5. Why were all the people who were caught shown mercy, and not punished as severely as they normally would be?
  6. (QUOTE) Find the quote from the beginning of chapter 7 that foreshadowed that Alyce would be revealed as the “Devil.”
  7. (3) Give three examples (from anywhere in the book) that show that Beetle is not as stupid as Jane the Midwife would like to believe.

Tuesday, 10/24: SS, Vocab, TMA

“Warm Up 10/24”

  1. I saw five _____ in Las Vegas!  a) Elvi  b) Elvis’s  c) Elvis’  d) Elvises  e) NOTA
  2. _____ are not allowed…  a) Students  b) Students’  c) Student’s  d) NOTA
  3. …in the ___ lounge.  a) teacher’s  b) teachers’  c) teachers’s  d) NOTA

“Sentence Scramble, 10/24.”

  • her bread and onion
  • Beetle was too excited
  • to a hungry goat
  • so she gave
  • along the way
  • to eat
  • aloft
  • at the fence post
  • by his tail
  • the boys were
  • holding the cat

“Vocabulary Practice, 10/24.” (14p)


  1. _____ “Where’s the ‘Any’ key?”
  2. _____ (Bonus for this guy’s name.)
  3. _____
  4. _____ (Bonus for what this type of bandage is called. Further bonus if you actually spell the word correctly.)
  5. (2) Which two vocabulary words this week have prefixes that mean not?
  6. The codeine in your cough syrup is a ______ of the same plant that is used to make heroin.
  7. Their relationship was rather _____, with many ups, downs, and in-betweens over the years.
  8. Which vocabulary word has a prefix that means again?
  9. Unlike the Socs, the greasers were considered to be _______ characters
  10. The carpenter we hired to build the shed was very ______; it was a well-built shed.
  11. Give an example of a derivative of the word child.
  12. * (2) The new teacher______(ed) rules that were very _____ with dire consequences for breaking them.


TMA Group Quiz.

  1. On p26, what does the word “laden” means? (middle paragraph)
  2. Why does the merchant give Beetle the comb? (p29) No quote; what does the quote mean? (solemnity = seriousness)
  3. Read the paragraph on p33 that begins, “‘ Alyce!’ The midwife snorted…” What does it mean when she says “punctuated each name with a pot thrown…”?
  4. What does the last line of chapter 5 mean?
  5. (5) Write a 5W’s for chapter 5 – The Merchant. (who, what, when, where, why)

  6. Bonus: On p30, in the first indented paragraph, what does the last sentence mean? (“The wink and the comment…”)


The Devil!

What was the Devil?

Thursday, 10/19: Sentence Scramble, KoS, Vocab + Relay, TMA

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab, KoS, Husker Du, TMA, Sentence Scramble.

“Sentence Scramble, 10/19.”

  • the soggy sack
  • to the bag
  • and found
  • tangled in
  • she crept up
  • the scrawny, scruffy, orange cat


“KoS, 10/19”

  1. Will you tell me what a llama looks like  a) Declarative  b) Interrogative  c) Imperative   d) Exclamatory
  2. The llama is a quadruped   a) Declarative  b) Interrogative  c) Imperative   d) Exclamatory
  3. Please Google the word llama for me   a) Declarative  b) Interrogative  c) Imperative   d) Exclamatory
  4. A sentence like you might find in an encyclopedia entry would be called a(n) ____ sentence.   a) Declarative  b) Interrogative  c) Imperative   d) Exclamatory
  5. The subject of an imperative sentence is always the word ____.    a) they  b) I  c) somebody  d) it  e) NOTA
  6. Rearrange #1 into a different kind of sentence. Do not add or subtract words.
  7. Rearrange #2 into a different kind of sentence. Do not add or subtract words.


“Vocab, 10/19.”
blog-content bunny 

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______ (Not dire.)
  4. The boy ______(ly) rode his bike into the busy street.
  5. The lawyer’s argument was so _____ the jury acquitted his client.
  6. The clown _____(tion) filled the parking lot with tiny cars.
  7. compelling : boring :: rare: _____
  8. “Now, now, don’t be ______. Speak up!”
  9. Most stores these days don’t ____ over the price.
  10. His _____ facade hid a very dangerous person.
  11. gossipy : discreet :: safe : ______
  12. The only noun on the list: ______


TMA. Practice for tomorrow’s test. With your homies, find the answers to and take notes on the following questions from chapters 1-3.

  1. (ch 1) Sleeping in the dung heap, what did Brat dream of?
  2. (ch 1 or 2) Why did the midwife take Brat in?
  3. (ch 2) How does Beetle react to the boys’ bullying?
  4. (ch 2) Why does she react this way?
  5. (ch 2) Why does Beetle curse at the cat instead of soothing it?
  6. (ch 3) Why does Jane make Beetle wait outside while she works?
  7. (ch 3) Why do the villagers not like the midwife?
  8. (ch 3) Why do the other villagers taunt and tease and abuse Beetle now?
  9. (ch 3) What event prompted Beetle to start watching through the windows and learning from Jane?
  10. (All 3.) What seems to be Beetle’s main emotion so far?


The Midwife’s Apprentice

Mmmmm, Snail Jelly

Let’s look up a few of her remedies.