Tuesday, 5/8: Grammar (Really?), Vocab, Tom Sawyer, Book Pitch!

“Grammar, 5/8.” Copy and label. (9)
noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, interjection, conjunction

Beetle bravely endured their anger and cruel taunts in silence.



“Vocabulary, 5/8.” One word twice. Two SAWs. (13)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. When he thought Becky was sick, Tom was so depressed he was ___ to all of Aunt Polly’s treatments.
  7. He was very cocky, and walked with a _____ that showed it.
  8. When you meditate, you supposedly become more ___  and relaxed.
  9. It is part of a cheerleader’s job to be enthusiastic and _____.
  10. She had her hair cut in a _______ new style that everyone liked.
  11. “Every pore inside the boys cheeks became a spouting fountain; they could scarcely bail out the cellars under their tongues fast enough to prevent a(n) _____(ion).”
  12. In a tv interview, the billionaire _____(ed) his success to what he learned from his sevnth grade English teacher.
  13. Her rise to power was _____(ed) by her rich and influential friends.



Tom Sawyer, ch. 16.” (6)

  1. How did Tom keep the the boys from leaving the island when they got homesick?
  2. (2) The boys had two reasons to be thankful after the big storm. What were they?
  3. What made it an “extremely satisfactory day” playing Indians?
  4. (2) “Two of the savages almost wished they had remained pirates.”


Book Pitch!

Thursday, 5/3: Gamma, Vocab, Tom Sawyer, Book Pitch!

Tomorrow’s Test: Gamma, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

“OG, 5/3.”  (10) Copy the underlined, boldfaced word and tell what part of speech it is.
noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, interjection, conjunction

  1. (2) I thought the movie was rather cheesy.
  2. (2) I am sure you know better. (Tricky!)
  3. (2) Surely you do not think unicorns are really real, do you?
  4. (2) Your clock was running a little fast. (Tricky!)
  5. The running motor wasted electricity.
  6. Her favorite thing in the world is running.


“Vocab, 5/3.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The NFL head coach’s position is often rather ______. If the team doesn’t do well this season, he might lose his job.
  6. The class discussion was not very lively; the students were rather _______ about the topic.
  7. The boys _____(ed) matter inwardly, thinking about all the possibilities.
  8. doctor : prescribe :: law : ______
  9. Huck’s lifestyle seemed very _______ to the other boys of St. Petersburg.
  10. By definition, a ghost would not be ______.
  11. proscribed : allowed :: apathetic : ______
  12. The stirring event was well ______(ed)” by the townspeople the next day.
  13. (2) A true sports fan is NOT _____ or ______.
  14. BONUS: There is a fine line between being patronizing and being _______.


“Tom Sawyer, chapter 14.”

  1. (2) What was the “boom” the “pirates” kept hearing and why did it make them feel happy at first?
  2. (2) What did Tom do before he left camp? What do you think he wrote?
  3. Why are the boys consciences bothering them at the end of chapter 14?  (Different reason from the guilt at the end of chapter 13.)




Next round is Tuesday.



Tuesday, 5/1: Vocab, Gramma, Tom Sawyer, Work on Book Pitch

Checking definitions and study questions.

“Gramma, 5/1.” noun, verb, pronoun, adjective, adverb, conjunction, interjection

  1. The main one in a sentence is also known as the predicate.
  2. Answers the questions how, where, or when.
  3. Answers the questions which one, what kind, how many.
  4. A connecting word that joins words, phrases, or clauses.
  5. A substitute for a noun.
  6. A word of surprise or strong emotion.
  7. Often ends in -ly.
  8. Has a past, present, and future.
  9. Describes adjectives and adverbs.
  10. Describes nouns.


“Vocab, 5/1.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. We were very suspicious of the dark alley, so we were ______ when we approached it.
  6. A person who is _________ is probably not going to be a good friend, since he/she probably won’t be very reliable.
  7. The searchers _____(ed) the cave, looking for the lost hikers. (Bonus: What are cave explorers called?)
  8. The groovy little cabin was ______ and funky, but it wasn’t very comfortable.
  9. The teacher ______(ed) the use of notes on the test, so you better have studied.
  10. The root of this word means to touch. _____
  11. One reason that few people vote is because many are ______ about politics and government.
  12. Tom ______(ed) his body, looking for an ailment that might get him out of school.
  13. He ate a _____ number of hot dogs in the contest, so he won. (70 in 10 minutes. Including buns.)


Work on Book Pitch.

  • You need to read this book because…
  • Jimmy is a boy who…
  • _____ is the story of…
  • Picture this: You’re a girl, trapped in…
  • First of all, I’ve read this book at least 10 times, and…
  • The best thing about this book is..
  • Read a cliffhanger quote…
  • I couldn’t stop thinkning about this book because…
  • What makes this book different from others I’ve read is…

You need about 150-200 words, depending on how fast you talk. I want to see at least 1/2 of those today.



Tom Sawyer Ch. 12, 5/1.” (7p)

  1. Tom finally stopped thinking about the murder for a while, because…?
  2. (2) Why did Aunt Polly start giving Tom all those treatments? She thought he was _____, but he was really ______.
  3. (2) Why did Aunt Polly think Tom had been taking the Painkiller all that time? What was he really doing with it?
  4. What does Tom do when Becky finally comes back to school?
  5. (Quote.) What’s her reaction?


“A Pirate Bold to Be!”

Wednesday, 4/25: Gramma, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

“Gramma, 4/25.”  Copy and Label.

Homer tripped very awkwardly, and hit his fat head on the door.

Checking SMYKs.

“Vocab, 4/25.” One SAW is used, but you have to put the prefix in- on the front of it.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. obvious : hidden :: idol : _____
  7. Third period’s ______ behavior for the sub earned them a rating of 3. (not miscreant)
  8. The prefix of this word means all or everything. _____
  9. Rome was at the _____ of its power around 235 AD. It was all downhill from there.
  10. In Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain is a 3rd person, ______ narrator.
  11. Sometimes you don’t have to speak to be _____; even a look can say a lot.
  12. After his victory, he paraded around _____(ly) wearing his gold medal.
  13. She signed her autograph with a fancy _____.



60-Second Examples:

Tom Sawyer Quiz, 4/25.” (10p)

  1. (3)
    Explain what’s happening here. Who are the two men who aren’t dead? Why does one appear to be begging or praying?

(7) Label a-g with the appropriate names from p66-67.



The Dire Prophecy of the Howling Dog!


Tuesday, 4/24: Gramma, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

“Gramma, 4/24.”
noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, interjection, conjunction

  1. The “Mr. Morton” of the sentence.
  2. Answers the questions when, where, or how.
  3. Answers the questions which one, what kind, how many.
  4. A connecting word that joins words, phrases, or clauses.
  5. An example is the word yours.
  6. Always separated from the rest of the sentence by punctuation.
  7. Can usually be turned into an adverb by adding -ly.
  8. Has a past, present, and future.
  9. Describes adjectives and adverbs.
  10. What Mr. Morton does.


“Vocab, 4/24.”


  1. _____ (not miscreant)
  2. _____ (not miscreant)
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. Kendra’s huge earrings were too _____ for the low-key funeral.
  6. “For plainly this ______ had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal” to mess with him.
  7. The homeless are sometimes the ______(s) of today’s society.
  8. While Aunt Polly’s back was turned, Tom _______(ed) a doughnut.
  9. By definition, God is ________.
  10. pariah : idol :: bottom : ______
  11. The sloppiness of the projects was ____ to the teacher.
  12. (2) Depending on whom you talked to, the speech was either _____ or _____(ing).


Book Pitch. A good bad example.


Tom Sawyer.
Explain the following quote:

“He had contemplated a good part of the performance before he contributed his bit of variety to it.” (p52)

Things to include in your explanation:

  • Who “He” is.
  • What the “performance” is.
  • What “contributed his bit of variety” means.


Chapter 8: A Pirate bold to be!