Wednesday, 2/26: Vocab,

Checking Giver Complex Sentences.

“Commas, 2/26.” If no commas are needed, write “OK.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. I didn’t want to wake you up until I had to.
  4. I asked my BFF the llama what she wanted for lunch.
  5. The wild llama is in fact a vicious predator.
  6. She wanted to tame the wild llama but it was too much for her.
  7. Until I ate that doughnut I didn’t know happiness.
  8. Since we have two hours to kill someone come by and see us.
  9. Eddie Baby please ask your dog Odif the Terrible to leave the cat alone.
  10. There was a very ancient ancestor to the llama which had giant razor-sharp claws.

“Vocab, 2/26.”

  1. The elephant reached out with its ____trunk.
  2. His <in______> assistant ______(ed) more than he helped since he kept messing things up. (< > = Previous vocab word for +1)
  3. One of these days your knees will ____ under the weight of your giant backpacks.
  4. The Latin root of this word means “obvious.” ______
  5. The neighbors’ constantly-barking dogs caused us great ________.
  6. Lack of sleep _____(s) itself in many ways, such as an actual drop in intelligence.
  7. The test supervisor was not very ____, and many students cheated on the test.
  8. (2) Sometimes when a guest teacher is a little _____ in the discipline department, some classes will _____ to being kindergartners again…
  9. (2) …Those classes face great ____ upon Mr. Coward’s return, and they had better _____ in fear of the consequences.
  10. At the beginning of The Midwife’s Apprentice, Beetle didn’t think she deserved to even ______ for a better life.
  11. * In “Harrison Bergeron,” Harrison was able to ______ the laws of gravity, as well as the handicap laws.

  12. BONUS: Why did I italicize TMA (#10) and put HB in quotes (#11)?

WRITE. (Counts for 600, so date it and count it and put it in your folder)

How are “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,” “The Sneetches,” and “Harrison Bergeron” connected? Use an example from each.

The Giver, chapter 1-2.” (10) NOT Collaborative.

  1. What mistake in language did Asher make? (Use the words.)
  2. (quote) How does Jonas feel about his upcoming ceremony of 12?
  3. (2) What are two times being released is not a punishment?
  4. Why does everyone know that Lily’s comment about keeping Gabriel has to be a joke?
  5. What rule did Jonas’s father break?
  6. What rule gets broken all the time?
  7. What happens at the ceremony of 12?
  8. How is that decision made?
  9. We are in the ______ of the story.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) falling action  e) NOTA


Start reading chapter 3. Yes you need sentences for each chapter, not only each night.

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.”