Wednesday, 2/7: Clauses, Vocab, Interview, Vladek

Checking SMYKs.

“Vocab, 2/7.” (15)
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  1. _____
  2.  _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The prefix of this word means under.  _____
  6. We were completely _____(ed) by the amazing acrobatic performance.
  7. Their argument probably would have become violent if the llama hadn’t _____(ed).
  8. The poor villagers needed someone to _______ on their behalf and help them to be treated fairly.
  9. Fifth period is often the scene of _____, and that is why they rarely get a “10” from a guest teacher.
  10. We held a carwash to help ______ the cost of the trip.
  11. (2) They separated all the people with _____ to an imaginary ______. (haha)
  12. * (3) Three of the five SAWs this week can be used either as a noun or a verb. Which three?


“Sentence Combining/Clauses, 2/7.”

  1. Mala finally left. She couldn’t deal with Vladek any more. She went to Florida. (CD/CX)
  2. He knew it was a mistake. He ate the doughnut. (CX)
  3. He had a llama. The llama had a leather jacket. The llama was part of his occupation. (CX)
  4. The doctor had recommendations. His first recommendation was water-skiing. He said the water-skiing should involve a llama. His other recommendation was to take more naps. (S!? Hint: -ed, with, and, -ing)



Interviews. Work on physical description and interview circumstances.


“Hello Papa. I was wondering if you had time to start the interview right now?” I sent the text to my Grandpa, whom I refer to as Papa. “Sure, that’ll be fine. I’ll get ready” he sent back. I grabbed my notebook and pencils, questions, and tape recorder and headed into the office room. We had set up a week ago to FaceTime; he said he would be glad to answer my questions. The window right next to the computer was making a lot of noise, so I shut it. I logged into FaceTime, and got a call from Papa a few minutes after.

He was FaceTiming me from his iPad camera, situated in the living room. He held the iPad at an upward angle, showing most of the top of his head. I started the recorder and we got started.

Papa has short, dark grey hair that is very soft and thin. He has a large bald spot on the top of his head, and the bald spot always looks shiny. He has yellow looking teeth and a smile that lights up the entire room. Papa’s eyes are a sky blue, protected by square glasses that catch every glimpse of light. His ears are big, so are his smile wrinkles and dimples.

Papa’s voice is deep but smooth, sometimes replaced by coughing. He has a very distinct scent that sticks to all of his clothes. Papa is 75 years old and lives near the sea in San Diego, California. He was originally born in Canada. Papa is fond of traveling to very different places and playing golf with his friends. He is very laid back and chill, and laughs with a smile you can see in his eyes. He is very intelligent and “tech savvy” as well. Papa enjoys to write letters to me, and I enjoy writing back.

Anne Bachmann is 74 years old, and is fit for her age. She swims every day at 5:30 AM for one hour at a swimming club close to her house. She looks like a very kind person, and she is. She has light brown hair that is thin and vibrant blue eyes. Her voice is very inviting and sweet, light but demanding. She has many wrinkles, because she smiles so much. Her smile is amazing. It could easily make anyones day. Her teeth aren’t quite white, but they definitely aren’t yellow.
    I chose this person because she does so much even at her age, and she’s a pretty awesome grandma. I asked her if she would like to do the interview at my great uncles, and she said she would love to, so we scheduled a phone call later the next day. This interview took place over phone. I’m in my room with my pencil, questions, and computer  at the ready. I pick up my phone and dial my grandpa’s and grandma’s home phone because my grandma doesn’t know how to use her Samsung Galaxy S6. I look at the questions and start to right down the first question. “Hi grandma.”
    “Hey there Joey!”
    “Are you ready to start the interview?”
    “Sure, what’s the first question?” And the interview began.


Tuesday, 2/6: Vocab, Clauses, Interviews, Vladek

“Vocab, 2/6.”
 Excitement_After_the_Game  Mediator

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. They took up a collection to help _____ the cost of the party.
  6. When the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from the first moon walk, they were _____(ed)  to make sure they didn’t bring back any “space germs.”
  7. Many of you have pretended to be sick to get out of stuff, but a _____(c) actually believes he is sick.
  8. Mala says that, even though Vladek is rich, he still lives like a _____.
  9. The emperor’s armies _____(ed) the surrounding kingdoms.
  10. The prefix of this word means between.
  11. Anja was ______ about not giving up Richieu until it was too late to save him.
  12. * Mankind is the ____ species on Earth.


“Sentence Combining, 2/6.”

  1. The llama usually got seasick. He lived on a houseboat. (CX)
  2. A girl rode her unicycle. Down the street is where she went. She had a llama-shaped balloon. (SIMPLE!)
  3. She likes pizza. The llama prefers salmon burgers. (CD)
  4. **(Bonus!)  The llama said, “BOO!”  Some people screamed. Other people laughed at her. (CD-CX)


“Maus, 2/6.”

  1. What is ironic about Vladek’s decision to try to go to Hungary and give their spot at Mrs. Motonowa’s to Miloch and his family?
  2. Why does Artie call Vladek a murderer in the last panel on p161?
  3. What are the sketches at the top of page 171 all about?
  4. What is Artie’s final decision? (You had better get THIS one correct at least.)
  5. Why did Vladek ask Artie and Francoise to come stay with him?
  6. (quote) What was one of the things Artie used to think a lot or fantasize about as a kid?
  7. An example from Book II of Vladek’s skinflint behavior is complaining about Mala opening another container of salt.  a) True  b) False



Examples of physical description, interview circumstances:

“Hi Grandpa. I need to do an interview for my English class,” I asked in the middle of dinner, “would you be interested on doing it?” My grandpa’s face looked at me across the table with a big smile on his face. I knew he liked to feel very important. “I would love to! How about next Monday?” My grandpa asked me with a smile that kept growing across his face.

It was now Monday. The warm air flowed through the back patio sliding door. The loud waves crashed against the rocks below us. The sun was disappearing into the ocean. Grandma’s cooking could be smelt down the block. Agnes, my grandparents dog was bouncing off the walls with excitement because new people were in the house. My sister Sadie sat with my grandma sat at the dinner table, and me and Grandpa looked over the ocean on the couch. Agnes finally got tired, and she layed down on her pink blanket and fell asleep. My grandpa’s laugh filled the room, and I was trying to get my papers organized.

His grey, curly hair glistened in the dim light. Grandpa has a raspy voice that sounds like home to me. The farming tee shirt that he had on was one I have seen thousands of times before. His glasses made his hazel eyes twinkle. My grandpa can always be found smiling. My grandpa is a farmer, and he takes it very seriously. However, when he is around the house he has always been the happy and goofy type of grandpa. He is the type of person you always want to be around. He was ready for bed but stayed with me to answer my questions.

Since my grandparents live in Washington state, we conducted the interview using Skype. When we first called them, their camera was pointed at the floor, so my dad had to talk them through the process of moving it and setting it up. At the time that this was going on, I was working on setting up my note taking pages, so my dad stepped in for me and talked to my grandparents while I was working. I overheard them talking about politics and what was going on with the construction in their neighborhood. It was nice for them to have a conversation, but I felt bad for keeping them waiting. Once I finished the task of setting up the papers, I went over to the computer and began the interview process.

My grandma, who I call Lita, seemed to enjoy being interviewed and showed appreciation for the challenge of remembering what it was like growing up. A few times, she had to really think about a question, and might even ask my grandpa, who I call Lito, who may have the answer to the question. Lito is not as talkative as Lita, so he wasn’t extensively descriptive with his answers. When Lita saw I was taking notes, she would slow down the pace of her talking so I could write. She was thoughtful and kind, and I had a fun time interviewing her.

When Lita is concentrating, she sticks her tongue slightly out of her mouth. I saw her do this multiple times while asking questions. I also noticed that she had a soccer game on in the background and every once in awhile she would turn to Lito and ask if their team had scored.

Lita has light grey, smooth, soft hair. She wears glasses with little nose pads and an oval rim. Her voice is happy and bubbly. When she speaks it is like the room lights up. I love talking to her! Since she lives in Washington, the home state of rain, she usually wears a sweatshirt and jeans, but in the summer she wears nice t-shirts and occasionally a tank top with shorts.

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.”
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  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.