Thursday, 10/17: S&T, Husker Du, Vocab + Relay, TMA

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

“Transitions, 10/17.” in fact, consequently, because, furthermore, instead, for example, nevertheless 

A vegan 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 vegans. 4) _____, adopting a vegan diet helps conserve the valuable resources that our future depends on.


“Husker Du, 10/17.” Write the ANSWER.

  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 moment when you realize that your llama just wrote a run on sentence is embarrassing.  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 10/17.”

  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.


Vocab Relay!


  1. At the end of Chapter 6, do a group 1-1-1-1: Each person does 1 on his/her own, and then you all share with each other and write them all down. Sorry about groups of three; some will have to do two (for extra credit).
  2. The questions below will be on tomorrow’s test. You and your homies figure them out today, so you can study tonight.
    • On p26, what does the word “laden” mean? (middle paragraph)
    • Why does the merchant give Beetle the comb? What is it he likes about her? (p29)
    • What is the “heat and light within” Beetle on p32 referring to?
    • 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 in the girl’s direction…”?
    • Why does Alyce save Will?
    • What does “pluck” mean? (p39)
    • What do you think “pretended they hadn’t” means? (p39)

Wednesday, 10/16: Transitions/Sentence Scramble, Vocab, TMA

“S and T, 10/16.” Try to punctuate correctly!

  1. –however  –many books  –I would like  –I don’t have  –to read  –enough time
  2. –nevertheless  –seems effective  –more research  –to see  –the medication  –must be done  — if it’s safe
  3. –in fact  — at all  –a beast  –a gentle giant  –is not  –that llama  –he is


“Vocabulary, 10/16.” Checking SMYK’s.

  1.  (Lawyer’s Office) “This is the letter A. It’s the first letter of the alphabet. So much for the initial consultation. Further advice requires $1000.” ______
  2. (Giant wave and huge storm.)_____
  3. (Mickey being pulled along by the aroma of a cake.) _____
  4. (Pic of willow tree bark and bottle of aspirin.) _____
  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.”
  13. * Many of the the company’s factory workers have been ____(ed) by industrial robots.


“TMA Quick Quiz, 10/16.”  (5)

  1. Why does Jane make Beetle wait outside while she works?
  2. Why do the villagers not like the midwife?  She’s ______.
  3. Why do the other villagers taunt and tease and abuse Beetle?
  4. What event prompted Beetle to start watching through the windows and learning from Jane?
  5. What seems to be Beetle’s main emotion so far?

Monday, 10/14: Homework, AW’s, Click and Debrief Test #8, TMA

Copy homework into planner.
KBARR Responding is NEW and DAILY this week! 4×4 = 1+1+1+1 x 1+1+1+1.

  • 1 Summary Sentence= What happened.
  • 1 Reaction Sentence = What you thought and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • 1 Prediction Sentence = What you think will happen next and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • 1 Curiosity Question = What do you just want to know more about just because it seems kinda kewl.


“AWs, 10/14.” I know you’ve already had diminish, but I also know you have the memories of goldfish.

estimate (noun) a rough calculation
regime (noun) a government in power
displace (verb) to force from one’s home or homeland
diminish (verb) to make smaller; to become smaller
stable (adjective) not easily changed

6. (2) There is much debate about whether the United States should use its power to ____ _____(s) in other countries that are cruel to their people, or whether we should stay out of other countries’ problems.
7. Children should be raised in a _____ environment.
8. They don’t know the exact amount, but one ____ is 5 million dollars.
9. The strength of the army was greatly _____(ed) by outbreaks of disease.


Test #8:
Clicker Up: Click in the answers you marked on Friday.   Debrief.   Collect.


TMA. 1-1-1-1 after.


Thursday, 10/10: Sentence Soup, Apostrophes Pretest, Vocab + Relay, TMA

Tomorrow’s Test: Apostrophes, Vocab, Outsiders, TMA. Also remember to be on your best behavior for the guest teacher tomorrow… Or else!

“Sentence Soup, 10/10.”

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


“Apostrophes Pretest, 10/10.” Clicker Up!

  1. _____ llama was selected for the fair.  a) Charles’  b) Charles’s  c) Charle’s   d) NOTA
  2. I got all ____ on my report card.  a) A’s  b) As  c) ‘A’s  d) NOTA
  3. The _____ lounge is usually off-limits to students. (More than one.)  a) teacher’s  b) teachers  c) teachers’s  d) teachers’  e) NOTA
  4. _____ llama is that?  a) whose  b) who’se  c) who’s  d) NOTA
  5. I think that llama is _____.   a) they’re  b) theres  c) their’s  d) theirs  e) NOTA
  6. The ____ softball team mascot is a llama.  a) women’s  b) woman’s  c) womens’s  d) NOTA
  7. I think ____ going to be OK. a) there  b) their  c) they’re  d) NOTA
  8. I saw at least five _____ in Las Vegas.   a) Elvis’s  b) Elviss  c) Elvises’  d) Elvises  e) Elvi   f) NOTA
  9. The ______ live next door to us.  a) Jones  b) Joneses  c) Jones’  d) Jones’s  e) NOTA
  10. The _____ was the best decade for music.   a) 70’s  b) ’70’s  c) 70s  d) ’70s  e) NOTA


“Vocab, 10/10.”
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: ______





The Midwife’s Apprentice.  Takes place ca. 1300.

What’s a midwife?
What’s an apprentice?
What was life like in 1300? We’re going to find out.


After each chapter (usually) we will stop and do a 1-1-1-1:
1 summary sentence, 1 reaction sentence, 1 prediction, 1 curiosity question.

  • Summary = What happened.
  • Reaction = What you thought and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • Prediction = What you think will happen next and why. (because, since, etc.)
  • Curiosity Question = What do you just want to know more about just because it seems kinda kewl.




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?