Wednesday, 1/8: Vocab, 120, Nuremberg Article, Maus

Checking SMYK’s.

“Vocab, 1/8.” Write the ANSWER to #10. * = AW.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. We ran out of the ingredients for the recipe, so we had to ______.
  5. Years of work were needed for the CIA agent to _____ himself into the terrorist organization.
  6. After three warnings, Joel was _____(ed) to the “naughty chair.”
  7. The students in the cafeteria are far from _____ when it comes to cleaning up after themselves at break and lunch.  
  8. The annoying kids taunted the dog over the fence until he was _____(ed) enough to jump it. 
  9. Mr. Coward does not ____ the use of phones in class.
  10. Which one is the allegory?  a) Using animals instead of people in Maus.  b) The early bird gets the worm.  c) “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”  d) He slept like a rock.  e) B and D.  f) All are allegories.  g) None are allegories.
  11. * _____ to my instructions on the test, he wrote the letter, not the answer, and so he received no credit.

120 Seconds.

Debrief Nuremberg Article.

I. Very few Red Words: segregate, mongrel, Roma. All of them were also defined almost immediately after being used.

I. Go over Quiz.

  1. According to the article, how did the Nuremberg Laws affect Jews?
  2. What was the relationship between the Mischlinge rules and the German people?
  3. Look at the photograph in the section “Jews were separated from other people.” Based on the article, what does the large “J” on the passport stand for?
  4. Based on the article, what do we know about Betty Lowenstein’s name on her passport?

III. Which 5 facts did you highlight? It was kind of tough, because there was a lot of information. So let’s just look at the first paragraph. What should we have highlighted?

Now in one sentence, sum up the point of the article. Use the word which in your sentence.





Tuesday, 1/7: Vocab, 120 Seconds, Maus, Hitler?

Checking Definitions.

“Vocab, 1/7.” * = AW.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. Some people think that the Narnia series is a religious  _________, with Aslan the lion representing Christ.
  5. The old photographs were all ______(ed) to the attic because nobody looked at them any more.
  6. He tried to _____ himself into the “cool crowd” by hanging around them A LOT.
  7. Some people see boxing as legally ______(ed) violence.
  8. This word’s roots mean “to bend/lean inward.” ______
  9. Now that he had found religion, the former criminal wanted to earn ______ for the things he had done.
  10. I didn’t like his ____(ion) that I wasn’t good enough to make the team.
  11. (2) He fooled his pursuers with a _____ trick that he ______(ed) on the spot.
  12. * (2) Health ____(s) cheered when San Luis became the first city in America to ___ smoking in restaurants.

120 Seconds.

D Link.


K Link

NEWSELA: “The Nuremberg Laws.” Click the link and follow the directions.

Time? Vladek.


Wednesday, 12/18: Vocab + Relay, Sneetches, Vladek

Tomorrow’s (Yes, tomorrow!) Test: V + V + HD + Sneetches.

No KBAR tomorrow night! Your chart should show three (3) complete lines tomorrow!

Special Offer to those who will be reading in January! You may record your performance on video and send it to me over the break. Then when it’s your turn, I will simply roll the video.

Checking SMYK’s.

“Vocab, 12/18.” (13)
mesmerize, quarantine, hypochondria, pandemonium, defray, subjugate, resolute, intercede, disgruntled, wallow, pauper, *incorporate, *initiative, *acknowledge, *transport, *incidence
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  1. _____
  2.  _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The prefix of this word means under.  _____
  6. We were completely _____(ed) by the amazing acrobatic performance.
  7. Their argument probably would have become violent if the llama hadn’t _____(ed).
  8. The poor villagers needed someone to _______ on their behalf and help them to be treated fairly.
  9. Fifth period is often the scene of _____, and that is why they rarely get a “10” from a guest teacher.
  10. We held a carwash to help ______ the cost of the trip.
  11. (2) They separated all the people with _____ to an imaginary ______. (haha)
  12. * The drug has been linked with a higher _____ of certain cancers.
  13. *If you want to meet her, you’re going to have to take the _____and introduce yourself.





“The Sneetches” and “Yertle the Turtle.”

What is a satire?

What makes people treat others differently? Is there a rule we can apply to determine when it is okay to treat others differently and when it is not? Intelligence? Looks? Talents? Morals? Friendliness? The fact that they like you?

“The Sneetches” was intended by Seuss as a satire of discrimination between races and cultures, and was specifically inspired by his opposition to antisemitism.

(Starts @:47.)

What makes people treat others differently?   So a star on your belly isn’t difference enough? What is?

Test Questions Tomorrow:

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



Tuesday, 12/17: Vocab, 120, Vladek

Attention! Some changes in the plan this week:

  1. The remaining 120’s will go the first week back in January. Same order, same same, just Jan. 7, 8, 9 instead of December 17, 18, 19.
  2. The Test is Thursday, NOT FRIDAY. Repeat, THURSDAY, NOT FRIDAY.
  3. A THREE-LINE KBAR chart is due THURSDAY!
  4. If you want to do extra credit vocab, it’s due THURSDAY!
  5. Merry Christmas.


“Sentences, 12/17.” Rewrite the sentence below to better show the connection between the two parts.

  1. We must repair the fence, or the llamas will rush through.
  2. We took the skinheads bowling, but the llama stayed at home alone.


“Vocab, 12/17.”
mesmerize, quarantine, hypochondria, pandemonium, defray, subjugate, resolute, intercede, disgruntled, wallow, pauper, *incorporate, *initiative, *acknowledge, *transport, *incidence
 Excitement_After_the_Game  Mediator

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. They took up a collection to help _____ the cost of the party.
  6. When the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from the first moon walk, they were _____(ed) to make sure they didn’t bring back any “space germs.”
  7. Many of you have pretended to be sick to get out of stuff, but a _____(c) actually believes he is sick.
  8. Mala says that, even though Vladek is rich, he still lives like a _____.
  9. The emperor’s armies _____(ed) the surrounding kingdoms.
  10. The prefix of this word means between.
  11. Anja was ______ about not giving up Richieu until it was too late to save him.
  12. * (2) The company started a(n) ______ to ______ more employee ideas when it plans what to do.
  13. *After their quarrel, they wouldn’t even ______ each other when they passed in the hall.


Vladek’s Story Continues.

  • Artie very often shows Vladek telling his story as he pedals his exercise bike. What is this a good metaphor for?
  • Why might Vladek have been so strict about Artie eating everything on his plate?

Maus Quiz, 12/17. Collaborative. Each person in the group MUST contribute at least one answer to the group. Everyone in the group should have the same answers. The group’s score is that of the lowest score in the group.

  1. Since Vladek and Anja’s family is not getting enough food coupons to eat, how are they getting enough food?
  2. Why is Vladek’s brother-in-law, Wolfe, not too worried about the way things are for them now?
  3. How does Vladek make money after he loses his factory after coming home from the POW camp?
  4. How does Vladek’s father-in-law (Anja’s dad) help him after his first close call on the street?
  5.  Who “survived me my life,” according Vladek, when he hid Vladek in his apartment during a roundup.
  6. What does Vladek suggest that Anja refuses?

Vladek aloud.


Wednesday, 12/11: Vocab, Vladek, 120

Checking SMYK’s.

“Vocab, 12/11.”

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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. There used to be a TV show called The ____ Gourmet which showed you how to eat well without spending a lot of money.
  6. Art Spiegelman once published magazines of ____ comics like “The Prisoner on the Hell Planet.”
  7. We rushed to ______ together a float for the parade before the upcoming deadline.
  8. Horror movies are sort of _______ for many people.
  9. “I never knew a person more _____ than myself. The fact that I say that shows what I say is true.”
  10. The athlete was ___ about the use of steroids. He knew they were harmful, but they helped his performance.
  11. (2) She tried to stay awake during math, but it was ______, and she finally ______(ed) to the sleepiness and nodded off.
  12. (2) The vocab word ____ is a {________} of the academic word *____. { } = previous vocab word = +1.
  13. * “The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way ______ as birds do.”


120 Seconds.

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.)