Friday, 1/24: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #19

Prep sheet for Test #19. KBARR and extra credit only.


Mental Floss.

  1. How can you perform a subtraction from seven so that the result will be even, but without subtracting any odd numbers?
  2. What is so light that anyone on Earth can hold it, but so heavy that nobody can hold it longer than about 20 minutes?
  3. At noon, you look at the old-school clock in your bedroom. The big hand is on the five and the little hand is in between the three and the four. What time is it?
  4. Two fathers and two sons own 21 horses between them. Explain how it is possible to evenly divide the herd among them. (NO, you don’t get to cut up any horses!)
  5. Where do you leave a “place” by closing the “window”?  (On a _____.)
  6. In a small town in the country, a male cow swallowed an explosive device. The town newspaper had a front page story about it.   Which one-word headline did they use?
    * Shocking!  * How?  * Dangerous!  * Terrifying!
    * Abominable!  * What?  * Horrible! 



Test #19!

Doodle Theme: Invent a new sport or game for PE!



Thursday, 1/23: AWR, Clauses, NEWSELA, Vladek

Tomorrow’s Test: AW Review, Clauses, The Holocaust, Vladek.

“AWR, 1/23.”  enhance, migration, conflicted, fundamental, attribute, despite, integrate, justify, valid, incentive

  1. (NOT!)
  2. The rising cost of electricity provides a strong/powerful _____ to conserve energy.
  3. The interviewer asked me what I consider to be my best _____. I told them it was my listening ability.
  4. The patient died during the night _____ our best efforts to save him.
  5. You can _____ the flavor of the dish by using fresh herbs.
  6. They have resisted efforts to _____women into the military.
  7. You must present _____ identification to pick up the tickets.

Correct Pink Sheet. The Clauses section of the test will look like the pink sheet and today’s exercise.

“Clauses, 1/23.”
ONE INDEPENDENT clause, write I.
ONE DEPENDENT clause (fragment), write D.
BOTH, write I + D or D + I

  1. Some banks encourage savings accounts for young llamas.
  2. After she watched the news the llama ate a cheese roll.

  3. If you leave money in an account at least six months.
  4. The llama passed the test even though he didn’t study.
  5. Since the llama’s voice was strong, she was the lead in the musical.
  6. The llama read a magazine about raising rabbits.
  7. Although he didn’t like it, the llama always did his homework.
  8. When the llama started college.

Finish NEWSELA Holocaust Article, Quiz, and Paragraph. If you are already finished, work on your 600 words. 10 minutes.


Maus Book II: “…And Here My Troubles Began.”

Wednesday, 1/22: AW’s Review, Clauses, NEWSELA, Vladek

Checking Pink Sheet p148.

“AW Review, 1/22.”  (7) enhance, migration, conflicted, fundamental, attribute, despite, integrate, justify, valid, incentive

  1. Ponyboy was _____ about being a greaser.
  2. It is difficult for former convicts to ______ back into society.
  3. Always _____ your KBARR predictions with reasons from the book.
  4. He ______(ed) his great success to listening to the advice of his seventh grade English teacher.
  5. My mom didn’t think my arguments for needing a new videogame were _____, so I was denied.
  6. (2) ______ brought about ______ changes in the population of the country.

Correct Pink Sheet!

“Clauses, 1/22.” (10) Write IND, DEP, or NOT for each boldfaced part of the sentence. For #7, underline your Independent Clause and CIRCLE your Dependent Clause.

  1. He failed the test after he ignored the llama’s warning.
  2. The llama is a quadruped with fins for swimming.
  3. Since the llama ate the hot dog, she got sick.
  4. Jack was much quicker than the llama was.
  5. Joe ate the hot dog even though the llama told him not to.
  6. Jill drove the car out to the llama’s house.
  7. (4) Write a sentence that consists of one independent clause and one dependent clause. The order does not matter. (Tip: Use a word like: although, when, if, or after.)


Vladek to the end of Book I.


NEWSELA: The Holocaust, Part II. Vladek is about to be sent to Auschwitz. The article explains what that meant for millions of people.


Tuesday, 1/21: S-CD-CX, 600 Words, Vladek

Welcome to the Second Semester!

Copy homework into planner.


  • Read the top of the pink sheet, p148.
  • With your group, answer questions 1-4.
  • Do the exercise on 148 tonight.

“Warm Up, 1/21.”(Collaborative.)

  1. (2) A clause is a group of words that contains a _____ and a _____.
  2. A(n) _____ clause can stand alone as a sentence.
  3. A(n) _____ clause cannot stand alone as a sentence.
  4. True/False   Dependent clauses usually begin with words like and, but, or.
  5. Bonus: When you use a dependent clause as a “sentence,” that mistake is called a ________ .


  • Tara ate a cheese roll after she watched The Simpsons with her family.
    (Independent clause. Could be a sentence on its own.
  • Tara ate a cheese roll after she watched The Simpsons.
    (Dependent clause. Cannot stand alone as a sentence.)
  • Tara ate a cheese roll after she watched The Simpsons with her family. (NOT A CLAUSE! No subject/verb!)

“Clauses, 1/21.”

  1. After I ate a doughnut, I felt rapturous.  a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  2. We climbed slowly up the very steep hilla) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  3. Jimmy ate a doughnut; he got sick.  a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  4. There are some things in life that we’ll never know a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  5. You must say, “Sir,” when you say, “Mr. Coward.” a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  6. I ate a second doughnut, and I still felt good.  a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  7. Maybe the mall where the store was charged a high rent.a) independent  b) dependent
  8. Joe ran to the store with his llamaa) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause
  9. When he started his company, he had nothing.  a) independent  b) dependent  c) not a clause


Checking 600 words. Valid dates: 1/14 – 1/21.

Word Count:
Total: 805

Make your chart somewhere in your folder with DATES and WORD COUNTS!

Credit Chart:
300 = 20/40
400 = 30/40
500 = 35/40
600 = 40/40
750 = 42/40
900 = 44/40
1000+ = 45/40

While you’re waiting for me, write (or don’t) on some of these topics:

  1. Reviews: best/worst burger, sandwich, cd, movie, book, class, teacher, commercials????
  2. Is there life on other planets? What makes you think so? What might it be like? Have “aliens” visited us?
  3. Explain how to tie your shoe, eat cereal, etc. Try to make it funny.
  4. What new inventions/ideas/etc. will appear during your lifetime? What things will be obsolete?
  5. Is there too much violence on TV? In the movies? What makes you think so? If so, what effects might that have on kids?
  6. For a good time you should…
  7. What are the essentials of life? (poem?)
  8. Top ten most boring things (with comments).  Top ten most interesting/exciting things (with comments).
  9. Invent a new kind of furniture. Show how would be used.
  10. What are the top ten scariest things? Why?
  11. “There ought to be a law…”




Friday, 1/10: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #18

Prep sheet for Test #18.

120 SCORE: ___/40  KBARR: ___/40
Vocab Homework: ___/20   Vocab Practices: ___/14  ___/11  ___/14 
Other Extra Credit:

Mental Floss.

  1. What famous fictional character is represented here?   ants, beetles, termites, rabbit
  2. A man walks into a room, turns around and walks out the same door he went in. When he gets out he is in a different room than when he started. How is this possible?
  3. What number should come next? 144, 121, 100, 81, 64,  _____  (Alert: math.)
  4. Spell the word candy with just 2 letters.
  5. How many F’s (capital or small–no trick here) are in the following sentence? (Alert: Counting.)
    Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.  

Test #18.