Thursday, 11/30: Husker Du, Vocab + Relay, Research, “Time and Punishment”

Tomorrow’s Test: Plagiarism, Vocab, Husker Du, ASoT.

“Warm Up, 11/30.” Write the ANSWER.

  1. Have newer articles been published on your topic?  a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  2. Are alternative points of view offered? a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  3. Can you verify any of the information in another source?  a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  4. (2) The medication seems effective. _____, more research must be done to see if it’s safe. _____, it’s best to avoid it.

“Vocab, 11/30.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. Parents, please don’t ____ a teacher’s July and August time off; it’s for your child’s own safety! (haha)
  4. The rich merchant’s wife “commenced scolding and _____(ing) the little fellow…until her scolding turned to cooing…”
  5. “Too much ale and too few wits” = a _______.
  6. lush : barren :: generous : _____(ing)
  7. She was ______ to report her friend for cheating. (Not discontented.)
  8. poison : remedy :: smile : _____
  9. willing : reluctant :: poor : _____
  10. After being uncared for for so long, the fruit tree was ______.
  11. He was _____ with his boring job. (No, not reluctant.)
  12. There was a _____ of volunteers to help with party. With so many people, the preparations were finished quickly.


Vocab Relay!

“Time and Punishment.”

“Research Topic, 11/30.” Please write your SPECIFIC research topic in the form of 5 questions. Please make sure these questions are not the kind that can be answered in a sentence or two. These should reflect what you want to know and what you’re going to explain to us.

If I have approved your questions, Chromie up! Then:

First find a good source. Give it a mental CRAAP Test. If it passes:

  1. Start a Google Doc with the title Works Cited.
  2. Open your first source in a new tab. Copy the url and open another new tab.
  3. Go to
  4. Paste your url into the form and create a citation.
  5. Paste it into your Works Cited doc.

  1. Start another Google Doc and title it Notes for _____.
  2. Find your five questions about your topic and put them on your notes sheet to organize your notes.
  3. Start reading and note-taking!

  1. Start ANOTHER Google doc. Title it ________ (your topic).
  2. Your first paragraph or two should show “your topic in action.” If your topic is diabetes, for example, you might show us what goes on inside the body of someone with diabetes and how the insulin goes to work. Or you might show a day in the life of a diabetic person, and all the things they have to be aware of.
  3. The rest of your paper should be organized by your questions. Use each one as a “section” of your paper. When you’re finished, we’ll take out the questions, and be left with a well-organized paper.


Wednesday, 11/29: Plagiarism, Vocab, ASoT, Research

“Plagiarism, 11/29.” Write True or False for each statement.

  1. Using information from the Internet without properly documenting the source is not only cheating, it is illegal and is the same as stealing.
  2.  Copying anything from the Internet and using it as my own work is considered plagiarism.
  3. If someone said something in a lecture or on TV or in an interview I did, I don’t have to cite it because it is not written.
  4. If I download something from the Internet and change some words and phrases, I can use that information as my own for class assignments.
  5.  I can quote passages from papers I find on the Internet for my class assignments if I properly cite where I found the information.
  6. A friend offers to let you read his paper in order to get some ideas, and tells you to use any parts of the paper you find useful. You incorporate one of his paragraphs into your paper, and you are careful to include all of the citations from his paper in your footnotes, so that the reader will be able to find the original source of the information. This is not plagiarism.
  7. A student finds a picture on the web that perfectly illustrates a point she wants to make in her paper. She downloads the picture, but does not use the website’s explanation; in addition, she writes her own caption for the picture. Since the explanation and caption are her own, she does not include a citation for the picture. This is plagiarism.
  8. In your paper on genetics, you note that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. You didn’t know this before you researched, but decide not to provide a citation for this information, since all biology textbooks contain this information. You did the right thing.
  9. The proverb “The early bird catches the worm” seems particularly appropriate to the subject of your paper, so you decide to quote it. You need to find a book of proverbs so that you can provide a citation.

(Sources: and


“Vocab, 11/29.”

  1. _____  (Looking for ONE answer!)
  2. _____  (Remember, it’s a joke.)
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. “Alyce, although able to ease a willing baby into the world, had no idea how to encourage a _____ one.”
  6. Only the very ______ people in Alyce’s day were able to afford to eat eel pie.
  7. Mr. Coward _____(ed) 6th Period for their behavior with the guest teacher. A seven? Really?
  8. “I am but a poor woman with this wretched inn and a blind man to care for. I am sure God does not ____ me my little economies.”
  9. “Are you demon or redheaded _____?” Alyce called down into the pit to Will Russet.
  10. Some people in this class have such a _____ of points that they could skip a test, take a zero, and still have an A.
  11. Jennet was upset that Alyce was leaving, and “she ___(ed) and moped…and finally offered Alyce a penny every now and then if she would stay.”
  12. “The government doesn’t like us here. We have to pay big ____ to keep our business.”


A paradox is… a) two doctors.  b) a time travel thing  c) a contradiction  d) a device  e) NOTA

The law of a certain land states that all who wish to enter through the city gates are asked to state their business. Those who reply truthfully (the guards can tell) are allowed to enter and depart in peace, but those who reply falsely are hanged. A traveler approaches the gate, and when asked his business, he replies, “I have come to be hanged.” What should happen to this traveler?

“A Sound of Thunder.”

What 3 things could the phrase “a sound of thunder represent”?
What is the real theme of the story?





“Research Topic, 11/29.”

Please write your SPECIFIC research topic in the form of 3-5 questions. Please make sure these questions are not the kind that can be answered in a sentence or two. These should reflect what you want to know and what you’re going to explain to us.



Tuesday, 11/28: Plagiarism, Vocab, A Sound of Thunder

Plagiarism or not? 11/28″ 1-3. Make sure you say WHY!

Research Q/A.

“Vocab, 11/28.”

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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. He didn’t think the judgement was fair, so he only paid the money ______(ingly).
  7. One of the things that Edward had, that Alyce wanted, was a ______ heart.
  8. At the end of the book, Alyce had gone from someone with no place in the world to someone that had a _____ of places to choose from.
  9. The _______ merchant thought his wife was being devoured by a stomach worm.
  10. (2) I _____(ed) as Mom___(ed) me for being on my phone too much.
    ongoing, capable, compatible, notion, whereas
  11. * The power outlets in Europe are not ____ with our electrical plugs.


Paradoxes (Thanks to Wikipedia!)

“Is the answer to this question no?”

Exception paradox: if every rule has an exception, then there must be an exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.
Variation: The only rule is that there are no rules.

“Practice moderation in all things. Including moderation.”


Think of all the paradoxes created by time travel!!

You can actually see backwards in time any day or night. You don’t need any sort of contraption either.  Try to guess how.  Any semi-reasonable, complete-sentence answer gets credit. Go.


“A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury

  • “I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
  • “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.”

Pick one of the quotes and explain to the person next to you what you think he means.





Monday, 11/27: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #13

Copy homework into assignment book.

“Warm Up, 11/27 — CRAAP.”  Which CRAAP topic answers each question?

  1. Does the information answer your research questions?   a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  2. Is the author trying to persuade, entertain, inform, or sell?   a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  3. Are there errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar?   a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  4. Is your topic in an area that changes rapidly, like technology? a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose
  5. Can you find outside information about the author?  a) Currency  b) Relevance  c) Authority  d) Accuracy  e) Purpose


“SAWs, 11/27.” whereas, capable, ongoing, compatible, notion

Jimmy was a  6)______ worker and his friendly personality made him  7)______ with the team,  8)_____ Joey had the 9)_____ that he was too good for the job and had  10)______ problems until he was fired.



Go over Test #13. Ouch!



Research Topics!  This paper will be written in class.
First of all, the prohibited topics: Disney or Disneyland, rock/rap/singing/movie/sports stars or celebrities, animals because they’re cute, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, particular cars/planes/motorcycles/etc, mass murderers/criminals, video games, tv shows, movies.

Pick something that you can tell a brief anecdote about, something you can show somebody doing or a reason for learning something. Pick something you can ask at least five good questions about that require more than a sentence or two to answer. Hobbies, careers, scientific/mathematical topics, historical topics, health and medical topics are more what we are looking for.


By Thursday, you will need a topic and 5 solid questions.


Start looking for sources!



Friday, 11/17: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #13

(Very) Short Periods (38 min.) for Talent Show Assembly! 

Have a great Thanksgiving week off!

Prep sheet for Test #13:
Transitions: ___/10 (6 + 4)   Vocabulary Practices: ___/15  ___/15  ___/10    Vocab H/W: ___/20
KBARR: ___/40




Mental Floss.

  1. Which one of the following does not belong with the others? Why? (Not a trick. Must get the reason correct.)
    binoculars, eyeglasses, goggles, handlebars, jeans, pliers, scissors, shoes, tweezers
  2. Where can you finish reading several books before you finish even one sentence?
  3. How many sides does a circle have? Explain.
  4. I have three of the same digit. Put together they make twelve. The digit is not 4. What digit is it?
  5. Their are for mestakes in this teaser. Name all the errors.
  6. What is the English word that can be formed using all these letters? PNLLEEEESSSSS.  (Not a trick. Hint: Les Goodman.)


Test #13. Doodle Theme: The Ultimate Vacation!

Thursday, 11/16/17: Transitions, Vocab + (NEW) Relay, MoMS

Tomorrow’s Test: Transitions, Vocab,  Monsters


“Vocab, 11/16.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. ______
  7. subside : ebb :: engross : _____
  8. “In this brief fraction of a moment, they take the first step toward performing a _____ that changes people from a group into a mob.”
  9. Always eating chicken before a baseball game is a good example of an idiosyncrasy.  a) True  b) False
  10. In the word insomnia, the prefix in- means into.   a) True  b) False


NextGen VOCABULARY RELAY! The class that gets around the room fastest with the fewest mistakes wins! If you are one of the people that gets a rerun, you’d better be ready! Count off, remember your number, and preview your question before we get to you.

  1. True/False? Referring to a judge as “Your Honor,” is an example of colloquial language.
  2. True/False? Always eating chicken before a baseball game is a good example of an idiosyncrasy.
  3. True/False?  In the word insomnia, the prefix in- means into.
  4. True/False?  Shaving your head is an example of a metamorphosis.
  5. True/False? Mr. Coward uses many colloquialisms.
  6. True/False? The word scapegoat is based on actual goats.
  7. True/False? In the word instill, the prefix in– means not.
  8. True/False? The word scapegoat can be used as a verb.
  9. True/False? In the word transfixed, the prefix trans– means nailed.
  10. True/False? To be called a phenomenon, it has to be inexplicable.
  11. True/False? At the end of The Midwife’s Apprentice, Alyce is optimistic.
  12. True/False?  Dally was a pessimistic person.
  13. True/False?  The sun coming up every morning is a phenomenon.
  14. True/False?  The sun coming up every morning is inexplicable.


“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” Act II.

You have just crossed over into… The Twilight Zone!


Wednesday, 11/15: Transitions, Vocab, Monsters!

“Transitions, 11/15.”
in fact, consequently, because, furthermore, instead, for example, nevertheless 

A vegetarian can be defined as someone who does not eat meat, fish, or other animal products, such as eggs or cheese; 1) _____, he or she eats vegetables, fruits, grains, and seeds. 2) _____ this diet consists of non-meat food sources, a vegetarian typically consumes less fat and cholesterol than an individual who consumes meat. 3) _____, raising animals for food uses valuable land, water, and energy. 4) _____, adopting a vegetarian diet helps conserve the valuable resources that our future depends on.


“Vocab, 11/15.” (15)
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  1. (2) _____ and ______
  2. _____
  3. “Quick, Bartlett! ______ them with hope!”
  4. “It’s times like these we really need to roll up our sleeves, rally together, and find a _____.”
  5. Everybody has _______(s) that other people might find weird.
  6. Patience with the ways of nature had been ____(ed) in her by her park ranger father.
  7. The root of this word means sleep: _____
  8. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____
  9. (2) The prefix of these words means not: _____ (Not instill; that one means “into.”)
  10. “S’up?” is an example of  _______ language.
  11. In professional sports, the coach is often the _______for a team’s bad performance, even if it isn’t always his fault.
    integrate, export, efficient, symbolic, domestic
  12. You will have to _____ graphs and illustration into your research report.
  13. Over 80% of the world’s almonds are ____(ed) from California.


“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” p415.

Discuss in your group:

  • What is the purpose of fear?  (Why do we get scared?)
  • Why do we like it sometimes? (Don’t say, “It’s fun.” Duh.)
  • What are (most) humans scared of?
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Meaning?  (Bonus: Who said that famous quote?)