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.

Tuesday, 2/25: Vocab, 600 Words, Harrison Bergeron, Da Givah

Checking Giver responses

“Vocab, 2/25.” Each one once!

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Transfagarasan "OK, now you've gone back too far."  
9. The previous vocab word impede is similar in meaning to one of this week’s words:_______
10. The ghost ______(ed) itself at the top of the stairs and then disappeared.
11. Vladek always ____(ed) for the day when he and Anja would be reunited.


600 Words. 2/18-2/25.

Writing Ideas. For more ideas, change the ww1 in the URL to ww2-ww9!


“Harrison Bergeron”
Prediction: Why might the Bergerons’ son Harrison have been arrested?

HB Quiz, 2/25.”

  1. When Harrison and the ballerina are shot.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  2. When Harrison escapes from jail. a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  3. What does vigilance mean? (1st paragraph)
  4. Which side is the author on?  a) Harrison’s  b) the government  c) neither
  5. Why was Harrison arrested in the first place?
  6. (quote) What is George’s advice for Hazel about being sad?
  7. Which of the following would be the best theme statement for “Harrison Bergeron?”  a) Being equal is ideal, but a difficult state to attain.  b) It is not in human nature to be like everyone else.  c) Nobody should try to become equal to anyone else.   d) People should not try to be equal because it makes life difficult.  e) The only fair society is an equal society.   f) Life is unfair; get used to it.

The Giver, chapter 1.” (5) 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?


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, 3/14: Welcome Guest Teacher, SRI, Vocab, Giver Project

Welcome Guest Teacher! Remember: The Guest Teacher will be rating each class 1-10 for cooperation and behavior. Anything less than an 8 will result in “consequences.” The Guest Teacher will also leave a note about how things went in each class. It had better be a good note.

TOMORROW’S TEST: Unfortunately, tomorrow’s test will not be available until about 7:00 am tomorrow (Friday). Study the vocab practices, the poem we read yesterday, and the Husker Du test for your class.

Get a Chromebook. Log in. Open Chrome. Come here to

Work your way down the page.

I. SRI – Round 3. If you have recently taken this with Ms. Knutilla, Ms. Ahearn or someone else, please skip to Step II.


Click the blue RI icon on the lower left. Follow the directions. Make a note of your score. The last time we did this was 12/3. You should have written your number down back then. Compare!

Here is the chart of YEAR-END Proficiency Ranges.

II. “Vocab, 3/14.” Each word is used once. #2 is not disposition. #3 is not jovial. #6 is not conglomeration. Sorry about #8.


III. Work on your Giver Project, which is due tomorrow.

IV. If your Giver Project is finished (and shared with me), do extra credit vocab sentences.

V. If all of the above is finished. Doodle, read, or work on other homework.

Wednesday, 3/13: V + R, Emily D, G

Put down the dang phones!

Sub tomorrow. SRI!

“Vocab 3/13.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. _____
  7. He seemed smart, even though most of the facts he knew were rather _____.
  8. Why do we have to go through all this ___ just to add on to our house?
  9. “He pinched her arm, a little bit with _____(ity), and a little bit with meanness, to get her to pay attention.”
  10.  “…masks that smiled or masks that frowned, according to the owners’ _______.”
  11. The roots of this word mean “not having reference to.”_____
  12. The root of this word meant “to look” and “watchtower.” _____




How could you prove that you’re not crazy?

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 = Craziness
divinest = most perfect
discerning eye = someone who looks closely and carefully
starkest = most obvious
prevail = win, rule
assent = say yes, agree
demur = say no, disagree

Together with your group, “translate” the poem. Yes, rewrite it in your own words. You should end up with 5 sentences. No it won’t rhyme.

  1. Use the vocab guide to help you.
  2. Pay special attention to the line:  “‘Tis the Majority In this as ALL, prevail…”
  3. What is the message of the poem? Is she correct?


“Previously On… The Giver!” Just do yesterday’s installment. Start with the release. Just write the announcer’s words and which words from the movie would also be heard.

Which scenes from the movie would you use for the trailer? Why?
What if we were making a “book trailer”? Would you use the same scenes? What would be different?