Wednesday, 11/20: Vocab, Poem #435, Monsters,


“Vocab, 11/20.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. Abby is a _____ form of Abigail.
  5. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are _____ figures in American history.
  6. She faced a _____ about turning in her friend for cheating.
  7. The villagers sacrificed a >_____< to try to _____ their angry god. (>___< = Previous vocab word = bonus.)
  8. The amount of work required in an Honors class can be quite _____.
  9. The dream was so ____ that I fell out of bed trying to fly.
  10. inspiring : daunting :: stable : ______
  11. skinflint : benevolent :: ______ : easy
  12. Give an example of a saw that is different from the one you used for your SMYK.

Poem #435
by Emily Dickinson


Much Madness is divinest Sense–
To a discerning Eye–
Much Sense–the starkest Madness–
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail–
Assent–and you are sane–
Demur–you’re straightway dangerous–
And handled with a Chain–

Madness = insanity
= most perfect, the best
discerning = looking  very carefully/showing good judgement
starkest = most obvious
All = everything
prevail = decides/wins
assent = say yes
demur = say no

Each group “translates” one set of lines using the vocab key.
How does this relate to the quote from yesterday?

“It’s like it ain’t so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.”


“MONSTERS! Review Quiz, 11/20.” SOLO!!!! CLOSED BOOK! (5)

  1. What do the people of Maple Street think the UFO is at first?
  2.  Who gets them thinking it might be something else?
  3. So far in the play, who is the scapegoat for all of the fears of the people of Maple Street?
  4. Why?
  5. What was our inciting incident. (Be careful!!!)

Connect the Poem to the Play!

Pssst… Act! “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

Tuesday, 11/19: Scramble, Vocab, Monsters!


“Daily Scramble, 11/19.” Two sentences or one with a semicolon. No commas!

  • the compsognathus
  • than a chicken
  • in fact
  • some very small dinosaurs
  • was only
  • there were also
  • slightly larger



“Vocab, 11/19.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. forgettable : iconic :: emotional : _______
  6. She has high ______(ations). She wants to rule the world.
  7. huge : diminutive :: inspiring : ______
  8. The root of this word means “life.” _____
  9. Reading Shakespeare for the first time can be rather ______.
  10. (2) They tried to ______ the angry and _____ mob by telling them their concerns would be addressed.
  11. “Dig and be dug in return” is Langston Hughes’s version of the old ____ about treating others how you want to be treated.
  12. Fifth Period tried to ____ Mr. Coward’s anger with cookies.


“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” p246.

“Sometimes I ain’t so sho who’s got him a right to say a man is crazy and when he ain’t. Sometimes I think there ain’t none of us pure crazy and ain’t none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It’s like it ain’t so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.”   (From As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner)

“Translate.” (Sum up the above in 20 words or less.)
Is he right? What makes you think so/not?



  • What is the purpose of fear? In other words, why do we get scared?
  • What fears might be called “universal”; shared by most almost all humans?
  • Why do we like it sometimes? (Don’t say, “It’s fun.” Duh.)
  • How does fear affect the decisions you make?
  • In general, what are (most) humans scared of?
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Meaning?  (Bonus: Who said that famous quote?)
  • Why do people act so dumb in a group? (What if they’re scared too?)

Read intro on p245.

Basic script vocabulary: pan, zoom, voiceover, etc.

Assign roles.

Let’s “act.”



Thursday, 11/15: RBC, Monsters!


Tomorrow’s Test: RBC, MoMS.
Notice: No KBAR tonight.

“RBC, 11/15.”

  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 besides just click) 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




  • 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?)

“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” p247.

“You have just crossed over into… The Twilight Zone!”

Thursday, 12/21: Mental Floss, ??????????

Prep Score Sheet. (Use your own paper. COPY!)

Name:      Date:       Period:
SAWs: ___/9  ___/14  ___/18
OGPD Quiz: ___/10
Other Extra Credit:


Mental Floss.

  1. A word I know, six letters it contains.
    Subtract just one, and twelve is what remains.
    What word is it?
  2. Wacky Wordy: TTTT RRRRRRRRR
  3. Wacky Wordy: Must get here. Must get here. Must get here.
  4. Wacky Wordy: history history history history
  5. When the day after tomorrow is yesterday, this day will be as far from Friday as this day was from Friday when the day before yesterday was tomorrow. What day is it?
  6. The moon is about 250,000 miles from Earth. Sound travels at about 650 miles per hour. If a meteor hit the moon, about how long would it take for the sound to reach Earth?




Have a great vacation! READ! Go OUTSIDE and PLAY! SLEEP well.