Thursday, 9/13: NVA, Vocab + Relay, Richard Cory, Outsiders

Tomorrow’s Test: NVA, Vocab (inc. SAWs), Plot (open notebook), Outsiders.

“NVA, 9/13.” (9 to find.)

For a brief moment, Jimmy stupidly thought he could fly like a graceful bird across the blue sky.


“Vocab, 9/13.” * = SAW.
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. fear : panic :: ask : _____
  5. Johnny persisted ____(ly) in asking about his parents.
  6. My parents were a little _____ about the crowd I was hanging out with.
  7. A good attitude is very ____ to doing well in school.
  8. “You’re hungry?” he said _____(ly), “I’m the one who hasn’t eaten all day!”
  9. A savvy person is usually more ____ than a credulous one.
  10. The jury voted to ______ because there wasn’t enough evidence to find him guilty.
  11. The students ____(ed) the teacher to go easy on them. “Please?” they begged.
  12. * What is the ____ of school? Transfer of information or teaching thinking?



Richard Cory.  Which character from The Outsiders could be compared to Richard Cory?


The Outsiders
What food/supplies would you get? What would you do to pass the time for a week?

Wednesday, 9/12: NVA, Vocab, Plot, Outsiders

3rd Period Assembly Schedule Today.

Checking SMYKs.

“NVA, 9/12.” (9)

Homer hit his fat head on the corner of the table and fell with a loud thunk.



“Vocab, 9/12.” (12) * = SAW.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____ (Hint: Why did he move?)
  5. “Johnny and I ______(ed) ourselves on barbecue sandwiches and banana splits.”
  6. lazy : dogged :: flattered : ______
  7. The jury ______(ed) him, so he was free to go.
  8. Moisture and heat help create an environment _____ to the growth of bacteria.
  9. The team’s ____ defense is what kept them in the game. They never gave up.
  10. Pony was _____ when he thought of his parents, remembering how things used to be.
  11. * The teacher didn’t understand Spanish, so the student had to ______ for him.
  12. * After ____(ing) the flight data, they concluded it was a bad engine that caused the crash.



PLOT. COPY into your notebook!

What would the inciting incident be in… HatchetFinding Nemo?  Lion KingFrozen?

  1. The 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) is usually given to us during the ______ of the story.
  2. “And they lived happily ever after,” would be the _____ of a fairy tale.
  3. The scene in the novel where Pony tells Cherry (and us) about Johnny getting jumped is in the ______ of the story…
  4. …and it also illustrates main ____ of the story.
  5. Johnny stabbing Bob would be the _______ of the story.
  6. We are now in the _____ of the story.

As we correct, write the answers on the diagram. You may use this cheat sheet on the test Friday.


The Outsiders

Tuesday, 9/11: NVA, Vocab, Outsiders

Checking Vocab Definitions!

“NVA, 9/11.” (9p)

The purple llama roared loudly in our scared faces as the crowd screamed like little babies.



“Vocab, 9/11.” * = SAW.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. My parents were a little ______ about the crowd I was hanging out with; she didn’t trust them to make good decisions.
  6. I waited until Mom’s anger _____(ed), and then asked for forgiveness.
  7. Listening to music is not ______ to studying.
  8. Since I studied, I _____(ed) myself quite well on the test.
  9. At first, Pony thought he might be able to ____ the Socs by acting tough, but there were too many of them and they were drunk.
  10. I was ______ when Dad blamed me for breaking the lamp instead of my sister.
  11. * Almost everyone _____(ed) the teacher’s instructions differently, so there was a lot of different kinds of projects.
  12. * By now you should understand the _____ of this class and the various routines we have.



“The Outsiders, 9/11.” The Raffle King will decide if it is collaborative or not! “Quote” means that your answer should be a line from the book. Use  “quotation marks” for the quotes.

  1. (Quote) Why does Cherry leave with Bob and the other Socs?
  2. “Just don’t forget that some of us watch the sunset too.” (Who’s talking to whom?)
  3. “Just don’t forget that some of us watch the sunset too.”   What are they talking about?
  4. Why does Darry say he is hesitant to call the police when Pony is gone so long?
  5. (Quote) Why does Johnny say that he “almost likes it better when the old man is hitting me”?
  6. “I was wrong” is an example of…  (Literarily speaking.)



Chapter 4: Now our actual plot begins!

CHAPTER FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.



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