Tuesday, 12/4: SAWs, Debrief Test #14 (Yay), Vocab, 120 Seconds, Maus

Correct yesterday’s SAWs. +2 for 10/10, +1 for 8 or 9/10.

“Vocab, 12/4.”

  1. ____. (Bonus: Who is this?)
  2. ____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The Nuremberg laws _____(ed) the Jews of the right to vote and be citizens.
  6. The Nazi _____ included racial purity.
  7. A heart attack is a(n) ____ sign of an ongoing disease.
  8. His accent was a(n) ____; he wasn’t really from France.
  9. (see #8) He just thought it made him sound _______.
  10. The camp counselors were too ____ in enforcing the rules, so it wasn’t much fun.
  11. I like turtles” is funny because the line is such a(n) _____.
  12. The Queen of England has ____ but no real power.
  13. * The roots of this word mean “beneath stand thing.”

Go over Test #14. Nice!

120 Seconds!



Thursday, 11/29: Vocab + Relay, Vladek All Day!

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab (inc. SAWs), Vladek, Husker Du.

New Vocab Word: anthropomorphic. Example: Art Spiegelman uses anthropomorphic cats and mice to represent the Nazis and the Jews.

“Vocab, 11/29.” (14)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. You may _______ to someday be as cool as Mr. Coward. (Good luck with that.)
  6. Doing your homework every day before playing video games is a ____ strategy for success.
  7. It was hard to believe that such a huge voice emanated from such a ____ girl.
  8. Even after I apologized and cleaned my room, my mom was not _____(ed); I was still grounded.
  9. (2) Mr. Scrooge (“Bah, Humbug”) is the ____  _____.
  10. * (4) Even after all the ____(cations) and _____(ments) we made, we still had to closely _____ the android’s ______to humanhood.

Vocabulary Relay!






“Maus Quiz, 11/29.” Character ID. ID by name or description or both (for bonus).

  1. p30, panel 1, the only person in the frame.
  2. p30, panel 3, the seated person.
  3. p31, panel 7, the person with the cigarette.
  4. p33, panel 4, the closeup.
  5. p39: the pig
  6. p40, panel 2, the person reading the letter.
  7. p48, panel 4, the person with the beard.


Vladek Aloud.

Tuesday, 11/27: Vocab, 120 Seconds, Vladek

“Vocab, 11/27.”

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


One Hundred and Twenty Seconds. We begin next Tuesday. 12/4.

  • The two minute book report. During the first minute, you introduce us to the book and give us the background for the passage you will read aloud.
  • Your second minute consists of you reading aloud a stirring passage from the book. Choose the book you’ve read in the past year that you like the best. Choose the passage carefully — grab our attention! 
  • Practice! Uh’s and likes count against you! (No more than three!)
  • Time yourself to make sure of the length.
  • It would help to write your intro out first, but it is not required.
    • In the first minute: a) Begin with title, author, and genre.  b) Briefly tell us about the book. What’s it all about? Why is it good? Try to sell us on the book.  c) Set the scene for the part you are going to read. Give the context of the passage: “This is the part where…”
    • In the second minute:  Read a brief, exciting selection from the book.  At least half of your two minutes should consist of oral reading.

Rubric (40 points)

  1. (1-6) Introduction-Presentation: How well done? Did reader give title, author, and genre of the book and brief setting of the scene? Did reader capture the audience’s attention immediately?
  2. (1-6) Mechanics: Reading Clarity. Is the pacing good? Are words pronounced correctly and easily understood? Are words read slowly enough for the audience’s understanding? Is there enough volume?
  3. (1-6) Stage Presence: Does the reader appear confident? Does the reader establish eye contact with the audience during the intro? Are gestures, if any, natural and appropriate to the reading? Does it look like she/he has practiced?
  4. (1-6) Reading Interpretation: Are characters identifiable/differentiated by your voice? Can you tell when it’s a question? Can you tell when description ends and dialogue begins? CAN YOU AVOID THE MONOTONE DRONE?
  5. (1-6) Quality of Selection:  Is it entertaining, whether dramatic, suspenseful, or funny? Does it make us want to read the book?
  6. (1-6) Audience Appeal: Is the reader holding the listeners’ attention? Overall impression?
  7. (1-?) Level of Difficulty: A typical page from The Outsiders = 3
  8. Four or fewer “uh’s” or inappropriate “likes.” (Subtract 1 point for each after four.)
  9. 105-135 seconds long, with at least half being oral reading. (-1 point for every 15 seconds too long or short)
  10. Bonus? Judges may award up to 4 bonus points for performances above and beyond the call of duty. (Props, costumes, extra dramatic, extra smooth, etc.)

Here’s a video of a good example.

Click HERE for help writing your intro.

We will have 5 people per day (T, W, Th) until we’re finished.
We will have four judges, including Mr. Coward. Your score will be the average of the four judges’ scores. Click here for judges’ ballots.


“Maus, 11/27.”  Open book. Collaborative. (12p)

  1. (2) What things does Artie say have “taken their toll” on his father?
  2. What physical sign does Vladek still have from the concentration camps?
  3. Why is Chapter One called “The Sheik”?  (Because…)
  4. On p14, the circular panel marks the beginning of Vladek’s story in the past. Where do we first interrupt that story, and come back to the present for a moment? (page and panel)
  5. Maus is told in ____ person. a) 1st b) 2nd c) 3rd d) 4th
  6. What year did Vladek meet Anja? (p17)
    Character ID. Identify each person either by name (if given) or by explanation.
  7. p13, panel 4, the one in the dress.
  8. (2) p17, panel 2, both characters.
  9. p20, panel 1, the person with the cigarette.
  10. p20, last panel, the person on the right.


Maus, Chapter Two.

Monday, 11/26: Homework, SAWs, Correct Test #13, Comix?

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 11/26.”
adjustment (noun) small change
exposure (noun) display; attention; experience with something
modify (verb) to make changes to
monitor (verb) to check; to keep track of
transition (noun) change process

  1. Many people think that ______ to violence in games and movies can lead to real violence.
  2. (2) To make a(n) ________ is to _______ something.
  3. This week we will be working on ______ words and phrases such as “for example,” “secondly,” and “furthermore.”
  4. Parents should ______ what their kids are watching and what games they are playing.
  5. Stranded in the snowy mountains without a jacket, he almost died of _______.
  6. The US prides itself on a peaceful _______ from one president to the next.
  7. An adjective ____(s) a noun.


Correct Test #13. Everybody gets 10/10 on KBARR. Everybody add 1 point to your Test #13 score.


Maus by Art Spiegelman. Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1992. It took him 13 years.

“Maus, 11/26/18”   Read the first two pages:

Translate his father’s last sentence into a normal English sentence.  What does he mean?



Aloud. Chapter One. Drama style with parts.

Artie, Vladek, Anja, Lucia Greenberg, Anja’s mom, Mala

Thursday, 2/22: Commas, Vocab + Relay, Vladek

Tomorrow’s Test: Commas, Vocab, Vladek.

“Commas, 2/22.” Put ’em where they go. If the sentence doesn’t need any commas, write OK.

  1.  There was no question that the llama’s painting a huge colorful and ugly mural was the worst entry in the art exhibit.
  2. The llama was safe enough wasn’t it?
  3. Llamas which are lighter than water rise to the surface.
  4. The uninvited llama wore a bright white furry suit.
  5. As the llama goddess she regulated the course of the heavenly bodies and controlled the alternating seasons.
  6. Llamas that don’t wear hats are illegal in some cities.
  7. Some llamas refuse to go to the zoo because of pity for creatures that must live in small cages.
  8. The llama was born on May 7 1955 and his best friend was born exactly two months later on July 7 1955.


“Vocab, 2/22.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. After he missed the tying field goal, the kicker was _____ for days.
  7. When the little girl gets tired, she gets ____, and pouts about everything. (Not dejected.)
  8. The light in the room didn’t seem to come from any one source; it just sort of ______(ed)  the walls, casting a soft glow.
  9. She is usually very ______ and lazy on very hot days.
  10. It is taking us awhile to ______ the concepts of compound and complex sentences.
  11. By definition, a meme is ______.
  12. (2) When your sadness is _____(ed), your soul has found ___. (Awww.)

Vocabulary Relay!



Wednesday, 2/21: Commas, Vocab, Vladek


“Commas, 2/21.” Put ’em where they go!

  1. I didn’t want to wake you up until I had to.
  2. I asked my BFF the llama what she wanted for lunch.
  3. This easy fun exercise will help you with your llama woes.
  4. Rachel Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
  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. 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.


“Vocab, 2/21.”

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______
  4. ______
  5. ______
  6. The man finally ______(ed) his intense thirst with a drink from the fountain.
  7. The smell of brownies _____ the house and made me very hungry.
  8. The goal of immigrants used to be _____(ion), but these days people are proud of their differences.
  9. With more than 24,000 locations, Subway sandwich places are _____.
  10. Mr. Coward is not happy about Jhonny’s less than _____ papers. They are very difficult to decipher, and scores might get entered incorrectly.
  11. (2) Whenever she was _____, she always seemed to find _____ in her music.


“Vladek Quiz, 2/21.” One time only: closed book!

  1. Why is Vladek so concerned about not wasting food?
  2. What does Vladek say when Artie asks him why the Jews didn’t resist more?
  3. Why does Vladek’s plan to escape from Auschwitz fail?
  4. What does she mean when Francoise says, “I’ll bet you that Anja’s notebooks were written on both sides of the page…”?
  5. When Vladek says, “Here, in Dachau, my troubles began,” what specifically was his “trouble”?
  6. According to Spiegelman, what is the real purpose of Maus?


Vladek (the racist) is SAVED!

Tuesday, 2/20: Homework, Commas, Correct Test #23, Art Spiegelman, Vladek

Copy homework into planner.

“Commas, 2/20!” Write ok if no commas are needed. Bonus: What is the symbol called that you use to show where a missing comma goes?

  1. If you don’t already know today we’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!
  2. Lloyd the Llama author of a best-selling book and renowned rocket scientist was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Poetry.
  3. The llama that she rode to the wedding looked very pretty.
  4. The llama jerky was soft but satisfying.
  5. Because the llama missed the bus he was late for his very important appointment.
  6. Please no smoking food or beverages in the classroom!
  7. Most of the time travelers worry about their luggage getting lost.
  8. I played video games for hours with my friend the llama.
  9. Sid waited for the llama to arrive so he could get a ride in his hot new Camaro.
  10. commas


Correct/Recollect Test #23.

Listening Exercise: Art Spiegelman interview excerpt. (1:30-3:07)
Questions to listen for answers for. Take notes now; quiz tomorrow.

  1. What do you think the opening quote about the 5000 pound mouse means?
  2. How does Spiegelman feel about Maus being taught everywhere in schools?
  3. According to Spiegelman, what is the real purpose of Maus?
  4. Why does he say comics are an especially good form for showing memories?
  5. What do you think the word ubiquitous means?