Wednesday, 2/20: S/CD/CX, Giver

“Husker Du, 2/20.” Write the ANSWER, not the letter.

  1. While the llama is a quadruped, he also has fins for swimming.  a) Fragment  b) Run on  c) Correct Sentence
  2. In the beginning, there was nothing but llamas. a) Fragment  b) Run on  c) Correct Sentence
  3. That moment is embarrassing when you realize that your llama just wrote a run on sentence.  a) Fragment  b) Run on  c) Correct Sentence
  4. You can beat the llama’s score you will be part of the elite llama squad.  a) Fragment  b) Run on  c) Correct Sentence
  5. _____ llama was selected for the fair.  a) Charles’  b) Charles’s  c) Charle’s   d) NOTA
  6. The _____ lounge is usually off-limits to students. (More than one.)  a) teacher’s  b) teachers  c) teachers’s  d) teachers’  e) NOTA
  7. _____ llama is that?  a) whose  b) who’se  c) who’s  d) NOTA
  8. John ate and ate, _____, he never gained weight.   a) even so  b) furthermore  c) so  d) therefore  e) consequently  f) NOTA
  9. Joe ate too fast. _______, he had a stomach ache.  a) Nevertheless  b) Furthermore  c) Meanwhile  d) Still  e) As a result   f) NOTA
  10. We have three ____ in our class.  a) Morris’s  b) Morris’  c) Morrises  d) NOTA

“S/CD/CX, 2/20.” (6)

  • Write three sentences about your interview process and/or person. Make one a simple sentence, make one a compound sentence, and make one a complex sentence. Be sure to label which is which. (S, CD, CX)


Giver 7-8, 2/20.” Write the answer, not the letter. Only #10 is collaborative.

  1. When parents want to show special affection for a child, they call him/her by number instead of name.  a) True  b) False
  2. What does the Chief Elder say about the future Twelves’ differences in her speech? a) Nothing; it’s considered rude to mention differences.  b) The differences have determined their futures.  c) The differences have stood out more than in previous groups.  d) The differences still need to become sameness.  e) NOTA
  3. Why did the Chief Elder make a joke about chastising Asher’s old teacher?
  4. Why was Asher punished as a Three?  a) He was rude.  b) He didn’t pay attention.  c) He literally asked for it.  d) He failed several tests.  e) NOTA
  5. The most honored job in the community is the Receiver of Memory.  a) True   b) False
  6. Which of the following attributes does the Chief Elder say Jonas does not yet possess, but will?  a) Intelligence.   b) Integrity.   c) Courage.   d) Wisdom.   e) She says he has them all.
  7. (Quote) What attribute is the Chief Elder unable to describe because she does not understand it?
  8. Why is the Chief Elder unable to prepare Jonas for the pain he will experience?
  9. What makes Jonas feel a “tiny sliver of sureness for the first time”?  a) He is not afraid.   b). He has already experienced pain.   c) The crowd changed like the apple.   d) The Chief Elder has confidence in him.    e) NOTA

  10. Explain what the Chief Elder means when she says, “playfulness and patience could, with maturity, be revealed as foolishness and indolence.”

What if nobody could lie, ever? Discuss and report back.  Benefits? Downsides? Dealbreakers?  Why?


Dah Givah aloud.

Tuesday, 2/19: Homework, Husker Du, Debrief Test #22, Print Interviews, Giver

Copy homework into planner.

“Husker Du, 2/19.” Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. She has a lot of basketball savvy.  a) adjective  b) not an adjective
  2. The expression “Mind your own business” is a motto.  a) True  b) False
  3. Every story has to have a  ____.   a) middle  b) person  c) conclusion  d) message  e) conflict  f) theme
  4. The root cred means…   a) truth  b) crazy  c) pay  d) believe  e) wild  f) possible  g) NOTA
  5. Which word doesn’t belong? a) evaluate  b) predict  c) question  d) summarize  e) react
  6. you:  a) first person b) second person c) third person  d) fourth person
    For a brief moment, Jimmy stupidly thought he could fly like a graceful bird across the blue sky.
  7. moment.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA
  8. stupidly.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA
  9. fly.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA
  10. brief.  a) noun  b) verb  c) adjective  d) NOTA

Go over Test #22.


  1. Check to make sure you have a GROOVY TITLE on the document itself AND in the title box.
  2. Check to make sure that the main word in the title are capitalized.
  3. Check to make sure that your name and period are on the document itself.
  4. Let somebody else read it to see if they can spot any major errors.
  5. Print. ONLY CLICK PRINT ONCE!!!!!

Giver aloud.

Wednesday, 2/13: Vocab, Giver, Interviews


“Vocab, 2/13.” Each word used ONCE. (10p)
augment, wretched, meager, suppress, exuberant, impede, fleeting, wry, lethargic, escalate

  1. The mayfly’s life is very _____. A mayfly only lives to reproduce and is alive for only 24 hours.
  2. After the police mishandled the fight, it ____(ed) into a riot.
  3. He tried to ___ his income by selling magazines door to door.
  4. Although you might think they do, recent studies have concluded that cough _____(ants) don’t really stop your cough.
  5. Some teachers keep their classrooms very cold because they think it keeps the students from being too ____.
  6. The amount of food coupons given to the Jews only allowed them very ____ portions, not enough to get by legally.
  7. The prisoners in Auschwitz were kept in ____ conditions.
  8. The Lemony Snicket books are known for their ____ humor about seemingly terrible events.
  9. On the last day of school, the kids ran _____(ly) through the halls.
  10. His pants were so tight they _____(ed) his movement.


“Dah Givah, ch4.” Not collaborative. Write the ANSWER, not the letter.  (5p)

  1. Why does Jonas have no idea what his assignment might be? (p28/p37)
  2. Roberto’s release was a sad occasion for all at the House of the Old because he was so well-loved.  a) True  b) False
  3. All of these were a part of Roberto’s release ceremony except…a) a review of his life and accomplishments.  b) chanting the patriotic anthem.  c) speeches from friends and admirers.  d) a period of mourning.  e) These were all a part of the ceremony.
  4. (Quote.) Where does Larissa say the Old go when they are released? (2 points: one for the quotation marks.)

Read ch5 aloud. No 1-1-1 required.


Work on Interviews. DUE FRIDAY!

  • Introduction: Setting. Description of scene/setting. How it was set up. Why you chose this person. Relationship to this person.
  • Description of person. Show, don’t tell.
    • Looks. (Details.)
    • Voice and choice of words. Delivery.
    • Personality. (Bitter? Enthusiastic? Happy? Lost in memories? Crabby?  What?)
  • The intro/description should be 350-400+ words.
  • Interview.
    • Questions you asked, followed by answers and follow up.
    • You may summarize their answers, but please include at least three good quotes(word for word, as close as you can get) that use the person’s actual words.
  • Conclusion: Discuss what you learned, most surprising info, most interesting, change in attitude toward older people, etc. About 75-100+ words.

Thursday, 2/7: Vocab + Relay, Giver, Interviews

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab, Giver, OG.

“Vocab, 2/7.”
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tentative, infringe, reprieve, benign, profound, indolent, relinquish, exasperate, (in)conspicuous, (un)scrupulous, haphazard

  1. _____ Pic of the classic statue, The Thinker.
  2. _____Cartoon of two guys looking out from the top of a skyscraper saying, “Yes, the view is nice—but I mostly want people to look up here and think how rich I am.”
  3. _____Pic of a pack of dogs with a fox blending in.
  4. _____ Pic of a cute little lamb taking its first steps. (NOT: benign, scrupulous, haphazard, or indolent, or any other “it could be’s.” Sigh.)
  5. “Ninety-nine percent of lawyers give the rest of us a bad name.” ______
  6. Much to her relief, the doctor said the tumor was ________.
  7. He prepared so ______(ly) that his presentation was painful to watch. (Not: tentative.)
  8. After asking for (previous vocab word), the student received a _____ and was released from detention.
  9. In exchange for safety and peace, the members of the Community seemed to have _____(ed) a lot of freedom.
  10. The neighbor’s fence _____(ed) on our property, so they had to move it.
  11. Sometimes fifth period can be ______(ing), but when certain people are absent, it can be a nice class.
  12. The word ______ comes from a word that means ethics or morals.


Giver. Read some 1-1-1’s. What can we tell about this place? When/where is it? Why is it?

Giver, Chapter 2.”

  1. What rule did Jonas’s father break?
  2. What rule gets broken all the time?
  3. What happens at the ceremony of 12?
  4. How is that decision made?
  5. We are in the ______ of the story.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) falling action  e) NOTA

Be sure to read CHAPTER 3 tonight and do your 1-1-1!

Work on Interview/Profile.

Go get a Chromie! Begin Writing Biographical Sketch/Profile. The final draft is due next Thursday, 2/14.

NOT PREPARED TODAY? Do extra credit vocab sentences in your notebook…except they aren’t extra credit. Due tomorrow. 

  • Introduction: Setting. Description of scene/setting. How it was set up. Why you chose this person. Relationship to this person.
  • Description of person. Show, don’t tell.
    • Looks. (Details.)
    • Voice and choice of words. Delivery.
    • Personality. (Bitter? Enthusiastic? Happy? Lost in memories? Crabby?  What?)
  • The intro/description should be 350-400+ words.
  • Interview.
    • Questions you asked, followed by answers and follow up.
    • You may summarize their answers, but please include at least three good quotes (word for word, as close as you can get) that use the person’s actual words.
  • Conclusion: Discuss what you learned, most surprising info, most interesting, change in attitude toward older people, etc. About 75-100+ words.

Thursday, 1/31: Vocab + Relay, Interview Update, Vladek

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab, Vladek, Husker Du. Remember to reload the test in the morning to get the final version!

“Vocab, 1/31.”
ominous, solace, permeate, languid, ubiquitous, dejected, meticulous, assuage, assimilate, petulant
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  1. _____ Pic of a lazy polar bear napping.
  2. _____ Cartoon of a guy in a robe on a pillow enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and smiling with his eyes closed.
  3. _____ Cartoon of a guy looking at his computer which says, “Oh no… Not another internet cartoon.”
  4. _____Pic of scary clouds that look like a monster.
  5. _____ Cartoon: Smell Wars: Office. Who will triumph? Bad perfume or burnt microwave popcorn?
  6. Towards the end of the book, Vladek gets very ____ and weak because of his health issues.
  7. It is taking us awhile to ______ the concepts of compound and complex sentences.
  8. Vladek is so ____, he spent four hours unpacking, refolding and then repacking their luggage.
  9. For awhile last year, fidget spinners were _____; you saw them everywhere you looked.
  10. He spoke in _______ tones about the upcoming battle which they would probably lose.
  11. (2) When your sadness is _____(ed), your soul has found ___. (Awww.)




Interview notes are due next Thursday, 2/7!

  • Questions and Answers to questions (summaries, several direct quotes)
  • Notes on who, how, where, when, why
  • Notes on physical description and attitude

Interview Opener Examples.

“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.

  1. Art Spiegelman has said that the final page of Maus II really has 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?

Wednesday, 1/30: Vocab, Interview Questions, Vladek

“Vocab, 1/30.” Each word will be used ONCE.
ominous, solace, permeate, languid, ubiquitous, dejected, meticulous, assuage, assimilate, petulant

  1. After he missed the tying field goal, the kicker was _____ for days.
  2. When the little girl gets tired, she gets ____, and pouts about everything.
  3. 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.
  4. Since they were so tired, they walked at a very _____ pace.
  5. By definition, a meme is ______.
  6. When Anja died, Vladek expected Artie to give him _____, not the other way around.
  7. The root of this word means “omen.”
  8. The roots of this word mean “change to sweet.”
  9. The roots of this root mean “to be like.”
  10. The original root of this word meant “fear.” (As in fear of failure?)



Let’s write our interview questions. Make sure your questions get them talking!
Reserve several pages somewhere in your notebook for the questions, answers, setting and other details.
Each question should be “followed up” with another question based on the previous answer.
Write down answers to questions. If you can, record the interview. (direct quotes, summaries, notes on attitude, etc.)
Note the setting of the interview. (place, time, surroundings, what you’re doing…)
Describe the interviewee. (physical, voice, relationship to you, attitude, background, hobbies…)

Examples of physical description, interview circumstances:

“Hi Grandpa. I need to do an interview for my English class,” I asked in the middle of dinner, “would you be interested on doing it?” My grandpa’s face looked at me across the table with a big smile. I knew he liked to feel very important. “I would love to! How about next Monday?” My grandpa asked me with a smile that kept growing.

It was now Monday. The warm air flowed through the back patio sliding door. The loud waves crashed against the rocks below us. The sun was disappearing into the ocean. Grandma’s cooking could be smelt down the block. Agnes, my grandparents dog was bouncing off the walls with excitement because new people were in the house. My sister Sadie sat with my grandma sat at the dinner table, and me and Grandpa looked over the ocean on the couch. Agnes finally got tired, and she layed down on her pink blanket and fell asleep. My grandpa’s laugh filled the room, and I was trying to get my papers organized.

His grey, curly hair glistened in the dim light. Grandpa has a raspy voice that sounds like home to me. The farming tee shirt that he had on was one I have seen thousands of times before. His glasses made his hazel eyes twinkle. My grandpa can always be found smiling. My grandpa is a farmer, and he takes it very seriously. However, when he is around the house he has always been the happy and goofy type of grandpa. He is the type of person you always want to be around. He was ready for bed but stayed with me to answer my questions.

Since my grandparents live in Washington state, we conducted the interview using Skype. When we first called them, their camera was pointed at the floor, so my dad had to talk them through the process of moving it and setting it up. At the time that this was going on, I was working on setting up my note taking pages, so my dad stepped in for me and talked to my grandparents while I was working. I overheard them talking about politics and what was going on with the construction in their neighborhood. It was nice for them to have a conversation, but I felt bad for keeping them waiting. Once I finished the task of setting up the papers, I went over to the computer and began the interview process.

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.

Vladek. How can Vladek have that attitude?!?!?!

Tuesday, 1/29: Vocab, Interview Update, Vladek

“Vocab, 1/29.”

  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 42,000 locations worldwide, 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.


Interview Update.

Each question should be “followed up” with another question based on the previous answer.
Write down answers to questions. (direct quotes, summaries, notes on attitude, etc.)
Note the setting of the interview. (place, time, surroundings, what you’re doing…)
Describe the interviewee. (physical, voice, relationship to you, attitude, background, hobbies…)


“Vladek, 1/29.” Quiz! Open book.

  1. (quote) On p219, when Felix is worried about being “taken,” how does Vladek try to calm him?
  2. What incident showed how much Anja’s fellow prisoners liked her?
  3. On p228, how does Art Spiegelman SHOW Vladek’s uncertainty about how long he worked on Black Work?
  4. On p230, Vladek says, “If I saw a couple months before how it was all arranged here, only one time I could see it!” Explain what he means.
  5. On p233, Artie asks Vladek an important question. Quote one of Vladek’s answers.”
  6. Why might Art Spiegelman have included the scene on p234? In other words, what might he want us to think about?

Chapter 3.