Thursday, 8/22: Test #1 Preview, Vocab + Relay, Adjectives, Outsiders

Extended Homies Schedule.

Back-to-School Night Tonight. You stay home!

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocabulary, Motto, Delinquent, Outsiders.

 “Vocabulary, 8/23.” (9) Write the word.
   
  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. (un)_______(able)
  4. _______
  5. Even though he may not be “book-smart” he has a lot of ____ about the world.
  6. Some people called him weird, but he preferred to be called a (non-)______(ist).
  7. The old man was considered the ____ of the village because of all his experience and wisdom.
  8. From what Ponyboy says, we can ____ that he and his oldest brother Darry do not get along very well.
  9. “It’s just because you’re the baby–I mean he loves you a lot.  Do you ____?” (Not fathom.)
  10. Her outlook on life was very _____ after the accident that killed her brother.

 

VOCABULARY RELAY!!!!

Adjectives answer the question “What Kind?” about nouns!

What kind of bear was he????

 

“Adjectives, 8/23.” (6) COPY each underlined word and say adjective or not.

  1. She has such a soft voice!
  2. I can hardly hear her.
  3. A French chef in New York chisels ice sculptures.
  4. Machine parts are used to form mechanical structures.
  5. She is a pretty savvy poker player.
  6. She has a lot of basketball savvy.

 

The Outsiders.
Preview Questions from Tomorrow’s Test:

  1. What is it about our narrator that drives his brother Darry crazy?
  2. As used in The Outsiders, the word hood is short for _____.

 

1st, 2nd and 3rd person narrators.

What is required to make a story?

Wednesday, 8/21: Adjectives, Vocab, Delinquent, Outsiders

Opening Act: “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

Based on the video, write a definition of what an adjective is/does: 
(Copy and complete) “An adjective is a word that…”

I will be checking Vocabulary Show Me You Know sentences.

“Warm Up, 8/21.”

  1. Explain what the expression “Ignorance is bliss” means.
  2. (2) Is the expression “Ignorance is bliss” a motto? Why/not?

“Vocab, 8/21.” Just write the answer. You may use words more than once.
gingerly

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______
  4. ______
  5. cool : good :: dig : ______
  6. hopeful : bleak :: proud : _____
  7. He touched the cut on his cheek ______. Ow!
  8. A person who doesn’t like to ______ to the group is often looked at as an outsider.
  9. Even though their denotations are similar, the words nosy and curious have different _____(s).
  10. He nodded ____(ly) and said, “It would have been wiser to have someone pick you up.”

Delinquent” by Langston Hughes


The Outsiders by S E Hinton

Key Questions.

    • What are the connotations of the word “outsider”?
    • What does it mean to say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?

Paul Newman?

Begin reading…

Tuesday, 8/20: Vocabulary, Motto, Slang, Dig It?

Due Today: Vocabulary definitions.  I will be checking them while you work.

“Warm Up, 8/20.” Write the answer in your notebook. Do not copy the question.

  1. When does Mr. Coward assign homework?
  2. How often do we have a vocab list to work on?
  3. What is an analogy?
  4. What is pretty much the only way to earn “extra credit” in this class?
  5. What does SMYK stand for?
  6. (OPTIONAL BONUS QUESTION) Name one of the rules of the class.

 

“Vocabulary, 8/20/19.” All answers will be vocabulary words. Use your definitions and your group homies to help you. For #1-4, choose which word best fits the picture, and be prepared to explain why you think so. If you can justify more than one word for a picture, you might receive bonus credit.
bliss, infer, bleak, nonchalant, gingerly, rueful, savvy, conform, sage, fathom, connotation
sage bleak1wpiStock_why-do-we-conform

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. pain : pleasure :: confusion : ______
  6. rules : requirements :: happiness : ____
  7. For Esteban, the word dropout had the ____ of a gang member with a can a spray paint.
  8. I was able to _____ the meaning of the word from the way it was used.
  9. Nobody could _____ why he liked school so much even though he got all F’s.
  10. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and ______.

 

Motto
by Langston Hughes          
I play it cool    

and dig all jive. 
That’s the reason
I stay alive.
My motto,
As I live and learn
is: 
Dig and Be Dug
In Return. 
“Motto, 8/20.” (in your notebook)
1) What is a motto?
2) What do you think he means by “Dig and Be Dug In Return”?
3) What other saying(s) have you heard or use might mean something similar?

Audio Feature: The concept of “digging.”

Short Explanation Paper Assignment. Due Friday.

Monday, 8/19: Welcome to Day One

Welcome to Seventh Grade English!
(Short classes today due to the Tour Schedule with Homies.)
Seating Charts/Schedules/Name Pronunciation, etc.

Web Page: middleschool.mrcoward.com or school.mrcoward.com or lams.slcusd.org–>Mr. Coward
Know it. Use it. Love it.

I. Copy homework into assignment book (AKA: planner).
This is the first thing we do every week. The homework for the entire week goes up Monday (or the first day of the week).

USE YOUR PLANNER.

II. Vocabulary Sheet How-To. Rate your knowledge of each word 1-4.

  • Definitions due (in notebook) tomorrow. Use learnersdictionary.com!
  • Show-me-you-knows (SMYK) due Wednesday. Copy my starter sentences into your notebook and complete them in a way that and SHOWS ME YOU KNOW what each word means! 
  • For EXTRA CREDIT, make up sentences of your own by Friday that SHOW ME YOU KNOW.

III. Analogies. Practice for Vocab.
x : y :: a : b.
Translation: is related to y in the same way that a is related to b.
Example –> ice : melt :: garbage : rot.

In Notebook: “Warm Up, 8/19/19.”  Copy!

  1. tobacco : cigarette : : meat : _____
  2. boxer : athlete :: chair : ______
  3. Which is correct: “18 plus 19 is 36,” or “18 plus 19 are 36″?

Time? AMA!

Monday, 6/3 – Wednesday, 6/5: SCRABBLE Tourney!

Don’t forget about your “True Page” which is due Wednesday.

LET’S PLAY SCRABBLE. This time it’s for real! ($$)

  • Each person draws a letter. The letter closest to A goes first. (Blank beats A.)
  • Draw continues clockwise (to the left) after that.
  • If no one volunteers, the person with the letter farthest from A is scorekeeper.
  • Put those letters back and draw seven (7) each.
  • Keep score like this (don’t write what’s in the parentheses):

 

Jimmy (First Player)
17 (first turn)
6  (second turn)
23 (total so far)
14 (third turn)
37 (total so far)
Johnny (Second Player)
23
15
38
7
45

 

  • First player must put the word down with a letter on the Star (2x word)  in the middle.
  • Left to right, top to bottom; not diagonal, not bottom to top!
  • Suggestion: no more than 2 minutes per person.
  • NO! NO! NO!
    • NO abbreviations or contractions
    • NO foreign words
    • NO proper nouns (nouns you would normally capitalize)
  • Check the dictionary.

Multiplier squares are one use only!