Thursday, 11/30: Husker Du, Vocab + Relay, Research, “Time and Punishment”

Tomorrow’s Test: Plagiarism, Vocab, Husker Du, ASoT.

“Warm Up, 11/30.” Write the ANSWER.

  1. Have newer articles been published on your topic?  a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  2. Are alternative points of view offered? a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  3. Can you verify any of the information in another source?  a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  4. (2) The medication seems effective. _____, more research must be done to see if it’s safe. _____, it’s best to avoid it.

“Vocab, 11/30.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. Parents, please don’t ____ a teacher’s July and August time off; it’s for your child’s own safety! (haha)
  4. The rich merchant’s wife “commenced scolding and _____(ing) the little fellow…until her scolding turned to cooing…”
  5. “Too much ale and too few wits” = a _______.
  6. lush : barren :: generous : _____(ing)
  7. She was ______ to report her friend for cheating. (Not discontented.)
  8. poison : remedy :: smile : _____
  9. willing : reluctant :: poor : _____
  10. After being uncared for for so long, the fruit tree was ______.
  11. He was _____ with his boring job. (No, not reluctant.)
  12. There was a _____ of volunteers to help with party. With so many people, the preparations were finished quickly.


Vocab Relay!

“Time and Punishment.”

“Research Topic, 11/30.” Please write your SPECIFIC research topic in the form of 5 questions. Please make sure these questions are not the kind that can be answered in a sentence or two. These should reflect what you want to know and what you’re going to explain to us.

If I have approved your questions, Chromie up! Then:

First find a good source. Give it a mental CRAAP Test. If it passes:

  1. Start a Google Doc with the title Works Cited.
  2. Open your first source in a new tab. Copy the url and open another new tab.
  3. Go to
  4. Paste your url into the form and create a citation.
  5. Paste it into your Works Cited doc.

  1. Start another Google Doc and title it Notes for _____.
  2. Find your five questions about your topic and put them on your notes sheet to organize your notes.
  3. Start reading and note-taking!

  1. Start ANOTHER Google doc. Title it ________ (your topic).
  2. Your first paragraph or two should show “your topic in action.” If your topic is diabetes, for example, you might show us what goes on inside the body of someone with diabetes and how the insulin goes to work. Or you might show a day in the life of a diabetic person, and all the things they have to be aware of.
  3. The rest of your paper should be organized by your questions. Use each one as a “section” of your paper. When you’re finished, we’ll take out the questions, and be left with a well-organized paper.


Wednesday, 11/15: Transitions, Vocab, Monsters!

“Transitions, 11/15.”
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. 4) _____, adopting a vegetarian diet helps conserve the valuable resources that our future depends on.


“Vocab, 11/15.” (15)
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  1. (2) _____ and ______
  2. _____
  3. “Quick, Bartlett! ______ them with hope!”
  4. “It’s times like these we really need to roll up our sleeves, rally together, and find a _____.”
  5. Everybody has _______(s) that other people might find weird.
  6. Patience with the ways of nature had been ____(ed) in her by her park ranger father.
  7. The root of this word means sleep: _____
  8. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____
  9. (2) The prefix of these words means not: _____ (Not instill; that one means “into.”)
  10. “S’up?” is an example of  _______ language.
  11. In professional sports, the coach is often the _______for a team’s bad performance, even if it isn’t always his fault.
    integrate, export, efficient, symbolic, domestic
  12. You will have to _____ graphs and illustration into your research report.
  13. Over 80% of the world’s almonds are ____(ed) from California.


“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” p415.

Discuss in your group:

  • What is the purpose of fear?  (Why do we get scared?)
  • Why do we like it sometimes? (Don’t say, “It’s fun.” Duh.)
  • What are (most) humans scared of?
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Meaning?  (Bonus: Who said that famous quote?)


Tuesday, 11/14: Transitions, Vocab, Sneetches

Checking: KBAR Summary and Vocab Definitions.

“Transitions, 11/14.”  Directions:  Use a transition only once. Read each sentence carefully so that you can choose an appropriate transition. You won’t use them all.
for example, finally, but, so, still, beyond, nevertheless, to the left, inside, secondly, until, as a result, in fact

  1. I would like to see you tomorrow, ____ let’s have lunch together.
  2. My sister loves to eat, ____ I don’t care much about food.
  3. When you begin an exercise program, you must be careful not to overdo it. My father, _____, hurt his back by exercising too hard without warming up first.
  4. She had looked everywhere for a job, and was having no luck; _____ she was called for an interview.
  5. She had been studying for hours. _____, she hoped to do well on the test.
  6. The building is guarded 24/7, _______ robberies still occasionally occur.


“Vocabulary, 11/14.”  (15) Bonus: What was the misspelled word on the vocab sheet? Bonus 2: What’s the plural form of phenomenon?

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. “If there are no other ideas, then it’s agreed we blame the media.” _____
  5. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  6. The hill with the M on it is known _____(ly) as Madonna Mountain, but its real name is… (Bonus: en Espanol.)
  7. Mr. Calandro is trying to _____ a sense of kindness in the students of Laguna.
  8. The replays of the rescue ____ TV watchers all over the country.
  9. The _____ of two full moons in one month is called a blue moon.
  10. (2) Everyone was talking about the _____  _____ they saw in the sky last night. What the heck was it?
  11. The root of this word means “shape.”   ______
  12. True or False? Always taking the same route to school is a good example of an idiosyncrasy. 

    integrate, export, efficient, symbolic, domestic

  13. The family was rich enough to hire some _____ labor to clean the house and help care for the family.
  14. Since her schedule is so full and his time is short, she has to be very ______ about doing her homework.


Rewatch the Sneetches video.

“Sneetches Quiz, 11/14.”

  1. What previous vocab word best describes the attitude of the Star-Belly Sneetches toward the Plain- Belly Sneetches at the beginning of the story?
  2. (2) What food did the Star Belly Sneetches have at their beach parties?
  3. What was Mr. McBean’s middle name?
  4. Before McBean arrives, how is Sneetch society set up?
  5. “if they should meet one, while they were out walking they’d saunter right by without even ______.”
  6. “They had stars upon thars!” What does the word “thars” mean?
  7. Why does Dr. Seuss use the word “eaches” in this poem?
  8. Why are the Sneetches such a good target for McBean?
  9. What lesson do the Sneetches finally learn?

  10. Are the Star- Bellied Sneetches and the Plain-Bellied Sneetches the same or different?  Explain.
  11. After the Plain-Bellied Sneetches go through the machine the first time and come out with stars, the Star-Bellied Sneetches say, “We’re still he best Sneetches and they are the worst.”  What makes the Star-Bellied Sneetches think that there is still something different about the Plain-Bellied Sneetches since they now have stars on their bellies?


Time? Yertle the Turtle.

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?