Friday, 11/30: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #14

Friday already?!

Prep sheet for Test #14:
KBARR: ___/40      Maus Quizzes: ___/12  ___/3   ___/7
Vocabulary h/w: ___/20     Vocabulary Practices: ___/14  ___/13  ___/14
Other Extra Credit:
+2 for 8/8 on SAWs, +1 for 7/8.
Periods 2 and 5 get +3 for Vocab Relay, Periods 1 and 6 get +1.


Mental Floss.

  1. Wacky Wordies. The colors are not part of the clues.
    a)    b) 
    c)  d) 
  2. Figure out what the three things in each set have in common. Each answer is a six-letter word ending in -s.
    • a) trombone, playground, microscope
    • b) railroad, muddy shoes, music cd
  3. What living creature has fur, four legs, and a tail, eats cat food, meows, and sees equally well from both ends of its body?
  4. Name an English word (there are actually two) of more than two letters that both begins and ends with the letters -he in that order. “Hehe” is not an acceptable answer.


Test #14.

#25: NOT the sleeping one.
#26: The one talking.
#27: The one with glasses.


Thursday, 11/29: Vocab + Relay, Vladek All Day!

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab (inc. SAWs), Vladek, Husker Du.

New Vocab Word: anthropomorphic. Example: Art Spiegelman uses anthropomorphic cats and mice to represent the Nazis and the Jews.

“Vocab, 11/29.” (14)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. You may _______ to someday be as cool as Mr. Coward. (Good luck with that.)
  6. Doing your homework every day before playing video games is a ____ strategy for success.
  7. It was hard to believe that such a huge voice emanated from such a ____ girl.
  8. Even after I apologized and cleaned my room, my mom was not _____(ed); I was still grounded.
  9. (2) Mr. Scrooge (“Bah, Humbug”) is the ____  _____.
  10. * (4) Even after all the ____(cations) and _____(ments) we made, we still had to closely _____ the android’s ______to humanhood.

Vocabulary Relay!






“Maus Quiz, 11/29.” Character ID. ID by name or description or both (for bonus).

  1. p30, panel 1, the only person in the frame.
  2. p30, panel 3, the seated person.
  3. p31, panel 7, the person with the cigarette.
  4. p33, panel 4, the closeup.
  5. p39: the pig
  6. p40, panel 2, the person reading the letter.
  7. p48, panel 4, the person with the beard.


Vladek Aloud.

Wednesday, 11/28: Vocab, Maus

“Vocab, 11/28.”


  1. *____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. Abby is a _____ form of Abigail.
  6. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are _____ figures in American history.
  7. She faced a _____ about turning in her friend for cheating.
  8. The villagers sacrificed a >_____< to try to _____ their angry god. (>___< = Previous vocab word.)
  9. The amount of work required in an Honors class can be quite _____.
  10. The dream was so ____ that I fell out of bed trying to fly.
  11. inspiring : daunting :: stable : ______
  12. skinflint : benevolent :: ______ : easy
  13. Give an example of a saw that is different from the one you used for your SMYK.


Review 120 Seconds. This example is really well prepared and good, but too long!


“Maus Quick Quiz, 11/28.”

  1. Why does Anja want to break her engagement with Vladek before they married?
  2. (quote) What promise to his father does Artie break?
  3. Why does Vladek threaten to end the engagement with Anja?


Maus Aloud!


Tuesday, 11/27: Vocab, 120 Seconds, Vladek

“Vocab, 11/27.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. *_____
  6. forgettable : iconic :: emotional : _______
  7. She has high ______(ations). She wants to rule the world.
  8. huge : diminutive :: inspiring : ______
  9. The root of this word means “life.” _____
  10. Reading Shakespeare for the first time can be rather ______.
  11. (2) They tried to ______ the angry and _____ mob by telling them their concerns would be addressed.
  12. “Dig and be dug in return” is Langston Hughes’s version of the old ____ about treating others how you want to be treated.
  13. Fifth Period tried to ____ Mr. Coward’s anger with cookies.


One Hundred and Twenty Seconds. We begin next Tuesday. 12/4.

  • The two minute book report. During the first minute, you introduce us to the book and give us the background for the passage you will read aloud.
  • Your second minute consists of you reading aloud a stirring passage from the book. Choose the book you’ve read in the past year that you like the best. Choose the passage carefully — grab our attention! 
  • Practice! Uh’s and likes count against you! (No more than three!)
  • Time yourself to make sure of the length.
  • It would help to write your intro out first, but it is not required.
    • In the first minute: a) Begin with title, author, and genre.  b) Briefly tell us about the book. What’s it all about? Why is it good? Try to sell us on the book.  c) Set the scene for the part you are going to read. Give the context of the passage: “This is the part where…”
    • In the second minute:  Read a brief, exciting selection from the book.  At least half of your two minutes should consist of oral reading.

Rubric (40 points)

  1. (1-6) Introduction-Presentation: How well done? Did reader give title, author, and genre of the book and brief setting of the scene? Did reader capture the audience’s attention immediately?
  2. (1-6) Mechanics: Reading Clarity. Is the pacing good? Are words pronounced correctly and easily understood? Are words read slowly enough for the audience’s understanding? Is there enough volume?
  3. (1-6) Stage Presence: Does the reader appear confident? Does the reader establish eye contact with the audience during the intro? Are gestures, if any, natural and appropriate to the reading? Does it look like she/he has practiced?
  4. (1-6) Reading Interpretation: Are characters identifiable/differentiated by your voice? Can you tell when it’s a question? Can you tell when description ends and dialogue begins? CAN YOU AVOID THE MONOTONE DRONE?
  5. (1-6) Quality of Selection:  Is it entertaining, whether dramatic, suspenseful, or funny? Does it make us want to read the book?
  6. (1-6) Audience Appeal: Is the reader holding the listeners’ attention? Overall impression?
  7. (1-?) Level of Difficulty: A typical page from The Outsiders = 3
  8. Four or fewer “uh’s” or inappropriate “likes.” (Subtract 1 point for each after four.)
  9. 105-135 seconds long, with at least half being oral reading. (-1 point for every 15 seconds too long or short)
  10. Bonus? Judges may award up to 4 bonus points for performances above and beyond the call of duty. (Props, costumes, extra dramatic, extra smooth, etc.)

Here’s a video of a good example.

Click HERE for help writing your intro.

We will have 5 people per day (T, W, Th) until we’re finished.
We will have four judges, including Mr. Coward. Your score will be the average of the four judges’ scores. Click here for judges’ ballots.


“Maus, 11/27.”  Open book. Collaborative. (12p)

  1. (2) What things does Artie say have “taken their toll” on his father?
  2. What physical sign does Vladek still have from the concentration camps?
  3. Why is Chapter One called “The Sheik”?  (Because…)
  4. On p14, the circular panel marks the beginning of Vladek’s story in the past. Where do we first interrupt that story, and come back to the present for a moment? (page and panel)
  5. Maus is told in ____ person. a) 1st b) 2nd c) 3rd d) 4th
  6. What year did Vladek meet Anja? (p17)
    Character ID. Identify each person either by name (if given) or by explanation.
  7. p13, panel 4, the one in the dress.
  8. (2) p17, panel 2, both characters.
  9. p20, panel 1, the person with the cigarette.
  10. p20, last panel, the person on the right.


Maus, Chapter Two.

Monday, 11/26: Homework, SAWs, Correct Test #13, Comix?

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 11/26.”
adjustment (noun) small change
exposure (noun) display; attention; experience with something
modify (verb) to make changes to
monitor (verb) to check; to keep track of
transition (noun) change process

  1. Many people think that ______ to violence in games and movies can lead to real violence.
  2. (2) To make a(n) ________ is to _______ something.
  3. This week we will be working on ______ words and phrases such as “for example,” “secondly,” and “furthermore.”
  4. Parents should ______ what their kids are watching and what games they are playing.
  5. Stranded in the snowy mountains without a jacket, he almost died of _______.
  6. The US prides itself on a peaceful _______ from one president to the next.
  7. An adjective ____(s) a noun.


Correct Test #13. Everybody gets 10/10 on KBARR. Everybody add 1 point to your Test #13 score.


Maus by Art Spiegelman. Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1992. It took him 13 years.

“Maus, 11/26/18”   Read the first two pages:

Translate his father’s last sentence into a normal English sentence.  What does he mean?



Aloud. Chapter One. Drama style with parts.

Artie, Vladek, Anja, Lucia Greenberg, Anja’s mom, Mala