Thursday, 10/31: Proofreading, Vocab, TMA

No KBARR Response needed tomorrow!

Tomorrow’s Test: Proofreading, Vocab, Husker Du, Alyce.

“Proofreading, 10/31.”
a) fragment b) run on c) apostrophe or plural error d) word misuse e) no mistake

1) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese; it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   2) I thought I’d like it a lot, I did.  3) Your phone or music player should have this album on it.   4) Are you going to buy only one album this year? Then it should be this one.  5) You’re into space country music and stuff like that, then you will especially like this.
6) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” 7) Its a very wistful song about missing the good ol’ days bowling with punk rock dudes.   8) Do you remember those days? I would’nt think that you would.   9)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a section featuring Jay-Z that really enhances the whole thing.  10) Overall, this album would be a boon for you’re music collection.

“Vocab, 10/31.”
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  1. _____ (Bonus if you can translate! Good luck with that.)
  2. (2) _____ and ______
  3. _____
  4. “Quick, Bartlett! ______ them with hope!”
  5. “It’s times like these we really need to roll up our sleeves, rally together, and find a _____.”
  6. Everybody has _______(s) that other people might find weird.
  7. Patience with the ways of nature had been ____(ed) in her by her park ranger father.
  8. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____
  9. “S’up?” is an example of  _______ language.
  10. In professional sports, the coach is often the _____for a team’s bad performance, even if it isn’t always his fault.
  11. Some people in this class have such a _____ of points that they could skip a test, take a zero, and still have an A.
  12. “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.”
  13. * (2) They _____(ed) his success to several ____(s) that he had, such as diligence and loyalty.

NextGen VOCABULARY RELAY! The class that gets around the room fastest with the fewest mistakes wins! If you are one of the people who gets a rerun, you’d better be ready! Count off, remember your number, and preview your question before we get to you. Each wrong answer adds 3 seconds to the total time.

  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?  The words surfeit and abundance are similar in meaning.
  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? At the end of The Outsiders, Ponyboy is optimistic about getting out of the ‘hood.
  11. True/False?  Dally was a pessimistic person.
  12. True/False?  The birth of a two-headed cow would be a phenomenon.
  13. True/False?  When you are begrudging, you are enthusiastic.
  14. True/False? Alyce has a surfeit of self-confidence.
  15. True/False? When Alyce first started working for the midwife, the other villagers used her as a scapegoat for their dislike of Jane.
  16. True/False? Two-Bit was a naturally pessimistic person.
  17. True/False?  In the word transfixed, the prefix trans– means through.
  18. True/False? The midwife was rather begrudging about feeding Beetle


Questions on tomorrow’s test:

What’s the real reason Alyce left the village?
Why was Magister Reese watching Alyce while she worked?
What’s the point of Jane’s speech to Magister Reese on p88?
What inspires Alyce to go check on Edward?
What causes Alyce’s first cry?
Where on Plot Mountain would these events be? –Alyce saves Will.  –Alyce runs away.  — Alyce visits the manor.
What is our main conflict?
1st, 2nd or 3rd person?

Wednesday, 10/30: Narrative Common Assessment

You will be writing your best personal narrative. When you begin, think about how you want to organize your writing. You will have one class period to write this narrative. 

2019-2020 – Narrative: 

Choose one of the prompts below to write about:

Prompt 1: Write a personal narrative about an unexpected event that happened to you. Explain the effect it had on you and your life.

Prompt 2: Write a personal narrative about a time when you made a mistake or did something you regret. Explain the effect it had on you and your life.

Narrative Scoring

Your essay will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Purpose and Organization: Does your narrative have a purposeful plot that gives a sense of completeness? How well do your ideas thoughtfully flow from beginning to end using logical transitions? How effective is your introduction and conclusion?
  • Elaboration/Evidence: How well do you elaborate your ideas? How well do you clearly state ideas using precise language that is appropriate for your audience and purpose? 
  • Conventions: How well do you follow the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling (lol)?


In your writing, make sure you include: 

  • Effective opening and closing
  • Well-developed characters
  • Consistent point-of-view
  • Elaboration to help readers picture your story
  • Sensory details and narrative style choices (figurative language)
  • Effective narrative techniques: dialogue, plot devices, flashback, flashforward, foreshadowing
  • Variety of transition words 
  • Capitals, end marks, and other appropriate conventions

Save a few minutes at the end to proofread!

When you are finished:

  1. Give it a title.
  2. TYPE your name and period on the document.

Tuesday, 10/29: Proofreading, Vocab, TMA, Narrative Prep

SMYK’s are now due Thursday!

Proofreading, 10/29.  fragment, run on, apostrophe or plural error, word misuse, no mistake

1) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   2) I thought I’d like it a lot, and I did.  3) Everybody’s phone or music player should have this album on it.   4) If you’re going to buy only one album this year, it should be this one.  5) Especially if you’re into space country music and stuff like that.
6) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”  7) It’s a very wistful song about the good ‘ol days bowling with punk rock dudes.  8) Do you remember those days? I wouldn’t think that you would.   9)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a defunct section featuring JayZ.
10) My one complaint is that the album is too long, and my enthusiasm started to ebb by the end.


“Vocabulary, 10/29.” (13)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. “If there are no other ideas, then it’s agreed we blame the media.” _____
  4. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  5. The hill with the M on it is known _____(ly) as Madonna Mountain, but its real name is… (Bonus: en Espanol.)
  6. Mr. Calandro is trying to _____ a sense of kindness in the students of Laguna.
  7. The replays of the rescue ____ TV watchers all over the country.
  8. The _____ of two full moons in one month is called a blue moon.
  9. The root of this word means “shape.”   ______
  10. He didn’t think the judgement was fair, so he only paid the money ______(ingly).
  11. There is always a ______of food and drink at the MidState Fair.
  12. True or False? Always taking the same route to school is a good example of an idiosyncrasy. 
  13. * She has several positive ______(s) that make her a good fit for the job.


Narrative Prep. Checking Show not Tell’s!

Prompt and Instructions.
Think about your SnT:
Does it tell the story? What’s the conflict? What was the “inciting incident”? (How did this ball get rolling?)
How is it resolved?
Conclusion: What effect did this have on your life? Now you can slide back into Telling mode.

Tomorrow, you will write it live!


Alyce and Edward.



Monday, 10/28: Homework, AW’s, Debrief Test #10, TMA

Copy homework into planner.

“AW’s, 10/28.”
attribute (verb) to attach, to associate
attribute (noun) a quality or feature
(in someone’s) interest (idiom) helpful to someone; for the benefit of someone (adjective)
relocate (verb) to move to a new place
project (verb) to predict; to estimate a future amount or direction
statistics (noun) numerical information
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. After her dad got a new job, the family had to ______ to Texas.
  5. It’s ______ to study for the test because it’s your grade not mine.
  6. He has many fine _____(s) such as diligence and kindness.
  7. San Luis Coastal district has _____(ed) that they will lose money when Diablo closes.
  8. People use ____ to try to prove many things, but numbers can sometimes lie.
  9. The successful woman ___(ed) her success to listening to her middle school English teacher.


Debrief Test #10. Ooooh Boy Howdy! PROOFREADING!

TMA. Our plot begins! The Inn.

Friday, 10/25: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #10

Prep Sheet for Test #10.
KBAR: ___/40 Vocabulary Homework: ___/20 Vocabulary Practice: ___/11 ___/15 ___/11


Mental Floss.

  1. Mr. Cheeselog wasted lots of money every day for years, and now he is a millionaire. How?
  2. Wacky Wordy. What phrase is represented here?
    Spring – Hola   Summer – Bonjour   Fall – Hello   Winter – Aloha
  3. A man left his house to go to work. When he got home he saw that his house had been broken into. The robbers had taken everything in his house except for two one hundred dollar bills that were in plain sight. Why weren’t the one hundred dollar bills taken?
  4. Bob was having a big party. He decided on a technique to get lots of people to come. He invited his five closest friends and said that they could each invite 4 people.  Each of those could invite 3. Each of those could invite 2. Each of those could invite 1. Overall, how many people did Bob invite to his party?
  5. What is special about this letter arrangement?
  6. There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?


TEST #10

Doodle Theme: Free (the) Doodle.

Could you handle it?