Monday, 2/24: Homework, AW’s, Debrief Test #23, Harrison Bergeron

Copy homework into planner.

“AW’s, 2/24.”

candidate:  a person who is being considered for a job, position, award, etc.
campaign: a series of activities designed to produce a particular result
ethics:  rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad
issue: an important subject or topic  OR  to go, come, or flow out from OR  a version of a newspaper, magazine, etc.
neutralize: to counteract or cancel the effect of

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6. Water purity is a public health _____.
7. The soldiers tried to _____ the attack by dividing the invading army.
8. The group launched a _____to protect the area from commercial development.
9. Our son is a _____ for the Player of the Year award.
10. Unscrupulous means without ______.

Debrief Test #23.

Hand out Giver Books and record numbers. Incentive for bringing books! Payment for not!

Read ch 1 tonight. Quiz tomorrow!

Finish Maus.  Discuss:

  1. Art Spiegelman has said that the final page of Maus II really has at least three endings. With your group, discuss what stories they might be endings of. Be ready to point out which panels or images end each story.
  2. When MAUS was published, the Washington Post said, “…impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”  What do you think about that? Do you think it’s true? Could MAUS have been anything but a comic and been as powerful?  Why or why not?

Equality vs Equity…

What is the difference between being fair and being equal?

What are the root causes of conflict between people?

Think about the TZ, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” (8:02) Is what the doctor says true sometimes? What about social media?

What are the best ways to deal with inequality?

Begin “Harrison Bergeron”  aloud…



Thursday, 2/20: Spelling + Bee, Commas, Vladek

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling (just like today), Commas (just like today), Husker Du (S/CD/CX), Vladek.

“Spelling, 2/20.” Write the correct pair. NOT THE LETTER; THE WORDS! NOT COLLABORATIVE!

  1. group/center   a) corpse/core  b) core/corpse  c) corps/corp  d) corps/core
  2. nugget/rank   a) cernel/kernel  b) colonel/kernel  c) kernel/kernal d) kernel/colonel
  3. hero/inactive   a) idole/idol  b) idel/idol  c) idle/idol  d) idol/idle
  4. Cheerios/#25489   a) serial/cereal  b) cereal/cerial  c) cerial/serial  d) cereal/serial
  5. most important/administrator   a) princapal/princaple  b) principal/principle  c) principle/principal  d) principal/principal
  6. who is/who owns    a) whose/who’s  b) who’s/whose  c) who’se/who’s  d) who’s/whos’
  7. it is/it owns   a) it’s/its  b) its’/its  c) it’s/its’
  8. belongs to them/location   a) their/they’re  b) there/their  c) their/there  d) they’re/there


Spelling Bee! How far will your class get before it makes a mistake?

  • Best ratio of correct/not correct wins! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


Correct Top Part of Commas Sheet. Make sure you have your sheet tomorrow for the test!


“Commas, 2/20.” 1-6: Choose A-I for the comma rule needed for each sentence.  I = No commas needed.  Use your pink sheet. 7-10: Choose the correct comma combo. You may write the LETTER.

  1. I asked my BFF the llama with the big ears what she wanted for lunch.
  2. This easy fun exercise will help you with your llama woes.
  3. Rachel Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
  4. I didn’t want to wake you up until I had to.
  5. She wanted to tame the wild llama but it was too much for her.
  6. Zoltan that llama doesn’t belong there!
  7. As the llama goddess she regulated the course of the heavenly bodies and controlled the alternating seasons.  a) llama,  goddess, bodies,  b) goddess,  c) goddess, bodies,  d) goddess, regulated,  bodies,  e)  OK as is.  f) NOTA
  8. There was no question that the llama’s painting a huge colorful and ugly mural was the worst entry in the art exhibit. a) question, painting, huge, colorful,   b) painting, huge, colorful, mural,   c) huge,  colorful,  d) huge, colorful, mural,    e) OK as is.   f) NOTA
  9. Sid waited for the llama to arrive so he could get a ride in his hot new Camaro.  a) arrive,  b) arrive, ride,  c) arrive, hot,  d) OK as is.  e) NOTA
  10. Because the llama missed the bus he was late for his very important appointment.  a) Because,  b) bus,  c) bus,  very,  d) OK as is.  e) NOTA



Finish Vladek and Discuss:

  1. Art Spiegelman has said that the final page of Maus II really has at least three endings. With your group, discuss what stories they might be endings of. Be ready to point out which panels or images end each story.
  2. When MAUS was published, the Washington Post said, “…impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”  What do you think about that? Do you think it’s true? Could MAUS have been anything but a comic and been as powerful?  Why or why not?

Tuesday, 2/18: Homework, Spelling, AW’s, Debrief Test #22, 600 Words, Vladek

Copy homework into planner. Prep Commas Homework Sheet.

“Spelling 2/18.”(7)

  1.  friendly : hostile :: active : _____
  2.  its, whose, ____
  3. (2)  Sacramento : ______ :: Mr. Calandro : ______
  4.  It is said that many stereotypes sometimes start with a _____ of truth.
  5. (2) _______ books are ______?  (Must get both.)

“AW’s, 2/18.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. They say nothing is _____ except death and taxes.
  7. There is now a(n) ________ of 500 inches of snow in the Sierras.
  8. The roots of this word mean “against to say.”
  9. The roots of this word mean “out to hold.”
  10. The prefix of this word means “hand.”

Debrief Test #22. Hrrmmm. Better…



Wednesday, 2/5: Spelling, Vocab, Clauses(!?), Vladek

Interview Notes Due tomorrow!

“Spelling, 2/5.” Write the incorrectly spelled word correctly, or if they are all correct, write “all correct.” NOT COLLABORATIVE! DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR SPELLING LIST! For #6, write the answer not the letter!

  1. a) revision  b) requirement  c) believable  d) all correct
  2. a) insurance  b) security  c) seperately  d) all correct
  3. a) cooperation  b) movable  c) ignorance  d) all correct
  4. a) maturity  b) narritive  c) creative  d) all correct
  5. “_______ is bliss.”
  6. The reason we drop the last e from a word like store  before we add an ending like age  is that… a) Store ends with a consonant sound.  b) The ending age  also ends with an e.  c) The ending age  begins with a consonant  d) The ending age  makes it an adjective.  e) The ending age  begins with a vowel.

Sample SMYK’s?!

“Vocab, 2/5.”  tentative, infringe, reprieve, benign, profound, indolent, relinquish, exasperate, (in)conspicuous, (un)scrupulous, haphazard
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  1. _____ Cartoon of student napping in his desk .
  2. _____ A telephone pole with literally hundreds of cables connected to it. They look very tangled.
  3. _____ That guy cutting his lawn one blade at a time again.
  4. Some thought that the new law would _____ upon their right to protest, and they protested that.
  5. I  tried to be as ____ as possible as I passed the note in class, but Mr. Coward still caught me.
  6. Solar power is more ______ to the environment than coal or oil.
  7. It had been raining so much that we ____(ly) planned the picnic for Saturday, but we also made other plans just in case.
  8. The _____ lawyer took advantage of the old man.
  9. “Wealth is ______, but poverty hides.”
  10. After he lost the battle, the king had to ____ the throne to the winner.
  11. Which vocab word can sometimes be used like the AW dramatic?
  12. * The word cool still means good, even in ____ slang. (frivolous, exploit, contemporary, abandon, dramatic)


“Simple, Compound, Complex Sentences.”
I = Independent Clause  D = Dependent Clause.
(S) Simple Sentence (S) = One I.
(CD) Compound Sentence (CD)  = I + I, joined by a comma and one of the FANBOYS 
(CX) Complex Sentence (CX) = I + D or D + I, joined by although, since, because, while, when, if… etc.)

“S/CD/CX/Frag, 2/5.” 

  1. I like turtles   because they are cute.
  2. The llama is a quadruped   with fins for swimming.
  3. I sent the llama to the store   before the party started.
  4. Katy tried to call me  , but   my phone was dead.
  5. You would like it   if you were a llama.
  6. Herbie the llama ate some pizza  , so   he didn’t want dinner.
  7. He failed the test   after he ignored the warning.
  8. He forgot to practice  , yet   he still did well.
  9. Jenni ate the hot dog  , and   she got sick.
  10. Because Jenni ate the hot dog,   she got sick.
  11. Because the llama forgot his wallet, he couldn’t buy broccoli.
  12. As part of his occupation, his partner was a llama with a leather jacket.
  13. He didn’t want to embarrass the llama, so he didn’t act affectionate.
  14. The llama ate his doctor-recommended doughnut for breakfast this morning.
  15. It seemed essential to eat broccoli, but I watched the llamas instead.
  16. We can wait here until the llama calls us.
  17. If we don’t repair the dam, the llamas will rush through.
  18. You’ll know the llama’s intentions when she gets here.
  19. The llama ate several hotdogs, went on a ride, and ate several more.
  20. Since my llama left me, I’ve found a new place to dwell.
  21. Zoltan forgot his wallet, so he couldn’t buy broccoli.
  22. If you leave money in an account at least six months.
  23. The llama passed the test even though he didn’t study.
  24. Since the llama’s voice was strong, she was the lead in the musical.
  25. The llama read a magazine about raising rabbits, but didn’t follow the instructions..
  26. Rudolpho was upset although his mom made his favorite shnitzel.
  27. Words like since, unless and because signify that a sentence is… a) Simple   b) Compound  c) Complex
  28. Before you pet a llama, you should ask permission.



  1. What is a block?
  2. What was Appel?
  3. Who helps Vladek establish and maintain contact with Anja?
  4. What was a Selektion?

Tuesday, 2/4: Spelling, Vocab, Clauses, 600 Words, Vladek

“Spellling, 2/4.”  Write the incorrectly spelled word correctly, or if they are all correct, write “all correct.” NOT COLLABORATIVE! DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR SPELLING LIST!

  1. a) revision  b) requirement  c) beleivable  d) all correct
  2. a) insurence  b) security  c) separately  d) all correct
  3. a) cooperation  b) moveable  c) ignorance  d) all correct
  4. a) maturity  b) narrative  c) creative  d) all correct
  5. What is the rule that this week’s spelling words follow?
  6. Bonus: Find the other spelling mistake in this warm up.

NOT Checking Vocab Definitions, but we hope you did them!

“Vocab, 2/4.” * = AW.
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  1. _____ Pic of a sign with the NIKE swoosh that says Mike Wong, with the W being an upside down McDonald’s logo.
  2. _____ A “Get Out of Jail Free” card from a Monopoly game.
  3. _____ A pic of a kitty in the corner with his front paws in the air, and saying, “I give up!”
  4. _____ Pic of a teenager throwing her hands in the air in anger and rolling her eyes at her mom.
  5. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” -Aristotle. ______
  6. If you search more systematically, instead of so ____(ly), you will be more likely to find whatever you’re looking for.
  7. During the summer, without something to do, some kids can get very _____ and end up not doing much of anything.
  8. After she fell, she got up and tested her leg _____(ly) to see if it would support her weight.
  9. She was always very _____ about her work. That’s why she got A’s.
  10. Many rappers “sing” the praises of “bling” and _____ consumption.
  11. The  _____ student copied his essay from the internet.
  12. (2*) He saw a ____ increase in his test scores after he started studying. Que milagro! It wasn’t just ____ talk from Mr. Coward.

“S/CD/CX, 2/4.” S, CD, CX, Frag, RO

  1. The llama was being petulant , so his mom ate the cheeselog.
  2. His doctor recommended buying a llama and going water-skiing.
  3. The llama thought he was OK until he wasn’t.
  4. When you use a dependent clause as a sentence.
  5. Even though he knew it was a mistake, the llama ate the doughnut anyway.
  6. The crew checked the llama , and the captain prepared her for the sea.
  7. The llama climbed languidly up the very steep hill balancing a duck on his head.
  8. You join two Independent Clauses they are joined improperly.


600 Words/Interviews! This week’s dates are 1/28-2/4. If you are finished with your actual interview, you may begin writing it up. If you don’t wait until the last minute to write your essay, you interview essay will count for next week’s 600 Words… but only the words you write on it up until Monday night.

Some examples of interviews write ups are below.

“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.

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.