Friday, 2/28: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #24

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Prep sheet for Test #24:

Giver KBARR: ___/30   First Giver Quiz: ___/10
Lots of “Other Extra Credit” this week!


Mental Floss.

  1. In what month do Americans eat the least amount of food?
  2. Wacky Wordy:   Cheddar >
  3. Starting with an empty barrel, put in order. (Not a trick.)
    *2/3 full   *1/4 empty   *1/2 full   *3/4 empty
  4. Can you figure out these common, polite expressions?
    • a) The second letter of the alphabet + the opposite of more + a female sheep
    • b) The 16th letter of the alphabet + to rent
    • c)  Former + sticks used for pool + not you
  5. Fill in the blanks below with a word that means the same as the word on the left when read normally, and fits the definition on the right when read backwards.
    • a) Friends ______ hit sharply.  
    • b) Rinds of fruit _______ What we do with over one third of our lives.  
    • c) Wicked _______ Exist


Test #24. Doodle Theme: A New Vehicle!

Thursday, 2/27: Commas, Vocab, Giver

Tomorrow’s Test: Commas, Vocab, Giver.

“Commas, 2/27!” Write OK if no commas are needed.

  1. If you don’t already know today we’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!
  2. Lloyd the Llama author of a best-selling book and renowned rocket scientist was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Poetry.
  3. The llama that she rode to the wedding looked very pretty.
  4. The llama jerky was soft but satisfying.
  5. Because the llama missed the bus he was late for his very important appointment.
  6. Please no smoking food or beverages in the classroom!
  7. Most of the time travelers worry about their luggage getting lost.
  8. I played video games for hours with my friend the llama.
  9. Sid waited for the llama to arrive so he could get a ride in his hot new Camaro.
  10. commas

“Vocab, 2/27.  Used properly or not? Write Yes if the word is used properly in the sentence. Write No if it is not.

  1. Mr. Coward was so consternation when 2nd Period was disrespectful to the sub.
  2. She yearned for a better life.
  3. The buckle bridge was very old and ready to fall.
  4. His lack of studying really hindered his progress.
  5. Sixth Period was very cower when Mr. Coward went off on them.
  6. The police were vigilant, watching the house 24/7.
  7. First Period acted so regress yesterday; they were just like kindergartners.
  8. He made a feeble attempt at studying, decided he was too feeble-minded, and gave up.
  9. The ghost manifested itself at the end of the hall and scared the bejabbers out of me.
  10. The elephant’s trunk sinuoused out of the enclosure and took the peanut.
  11. He didn’t understand the peril of his situation and thought he was safe.
  12. He cowered at the sight of the gun.
  13. Lack of sleep for an extended period can result in a regression of your IQ.
  14. The manifest teacher turned out to be an alien!
  15. He was so weak, he feebled when he tried to pick up the barbell.


Giver 3-4.” Clicker Stylie!

  1. Why does Jonas want his father to chastise Lily in ch3?  a) She “borrowed” his bike to go for a ride.  b) She mentioned his eyes.  c) She interrupted him while he was sharing his feelings. d) She threw water on him.  e) NOTA
  2. It is against the rules to call attention to things that are different about individuals. a) True  b) False
  3. What quality does Jonas think Gabriel’s eyes have that other people’s eyes don’t?  a) color  b) depth c) reflection  d) love  e) NOTA
  4. Why does Mom discourage Lily from wanting to be a Birthmother?  a) After three years, you do hard physical labor until you enter the House of the Old.  b) It is considered unclean to give birth to babies.  c) You do not continue your schooling after you receive that assignment.  d) You are considered insensitive because you give up your babies.  e) NOTA
  5. One of the jobs of a Speaker is to publicly chastise those who break minor rules.  a) True  b) False
  6. Asher also noticed something had changed about the apple they were tossing.  a) True  b) False
  7. The only time it’s OK to brag is when you have accomplished something big for the community.  a) True b) False
  8. Why does Jonas have no idea what his assignment might be? a) Because it’s such a secret in the Community.  b) Because he hasn’t focused his volunteer efforts in any one area.  c) Because he hasn’t enjoyed any of his volunteer assignments.  d) Because he’s not very smart.  e) NOTA
  9. Roberto’s release was a sad occasion for all at the House of the Old because he was so well-loved.  a) True b) False
  10. All of these were a part of Roberto’s release ceremony except…a) a review of his life and accomplishments.  b) chanting the patriotic anthem.  c) speeches from friends and admirers. d) a period of mourning.  e) These were all a part of the ceremony.
  11. Where does Larissa say the Old go when they are released?  a) To “Heaven.”   b) The House of the Very Old.  c) Nobody knows except the committee of Elders.  d) To another Community.  e) NOTA
  12. The Giver is written in… a) first-person b) second-person  c) third-person  d) NOTA


Chapter 5!

Wednesday, 2/26: Vocab,

Checking Giver Complex Sentences.

“Commas, 2/26.” If no commas are needed, write “OK.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. I didn’t want to wake you up until I had to.
  4. I asked my BFF the llama what she wanted for lunch.
  5. The wild llama is in fact a vicious predator.
  6. She wanted to tame the wild llama but it was too much for her.
  7. Until I ate that doughnut I didn’t know happiness.
  8. Since we have two hours to kill someone come by and see us.
  9. Eddie Baby please ask your dog Odif the Terrible to leave the cat alone.
  10. There was a very ancient ancestor to the llama which had giant razor-sharp claws.

“Vocab, 2/26.”

  1. The elephant reached out with its ____trunk.
  2. His <in______> assistant ______(ed) more than he helped since he kept messing things up. (< > = Previous vocab word for +1)
  3. One of these days your knees will ____ under the weight of your giant backpacks.
  4. The Latin root of this word means “obvious.” ______
  5. The neighbors’ constantly-barking dogs caused us great ________.
  6. Lack of sleep _____(s) itself in many ways, such as an actual drop in intelligence.
  7. The test supervisor was not very ____, and many students cheated on the test.
  8. (2) Sometimes when a guest teacher is a little _____ in the discipline department, some classes will _____ to being kindergartners again…
  9. (2) …Those classes face great ____ upon Mr. Coward’s return, and they had better _____ in fear of the consequences.
  10. At the beginning of The Midwife’s Apprentice, Beetle didn’t think she deserved to even ______ for a better life.
  11. * In “Harrison Bergeron,” Harrison was able to ______ the laws of gravity, as well as the handicap laws.

  12. BONUS: Why did I italicize TMA (#10) and put HB in quotes (#11)?

WRITE. (Counts for 600, so date it and count it and put it in your folder)

How are “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,” “The Sneetches,” and “Harrison Bergeron” connected? Use an example from each.

The Giver, chapter 1-2.” (10) NOT Collaborative.

  1. What mistake in language did Asher make? (Use the words.)
  2. (quote) How does Jonas feel about his upcoming ceremony of 12?
  3. (2) What are two times being released is not a punishment?
  4. Why does everyone know that Lily’s comment about keeping Gabriel has to be a joke?
  5. What rule did Jonas’s father break?
  6. What rule gets broken all the time?
  7. What happens at the ceremony of 12?
  8. How is that decision made?
  9. We are in the ______ of the story.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) falling action  e) NOTA


Start reading chapter 3. Yes you need sentences for each chapter, not only each night.

Tuesday, 2/25: Vocab, 600 Words, Harrison Bergeron, Da Givah

Checking Giver responses

“Vocab, 2/25.” Each one once!

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Transfagarasan "OK, now you've gone back too far."  
9. The previous vocab word impede is similar in meaning to one of this week’s words:_______
10. The ghost ______(ed) itself at the top of the stairs and then disappeared.
11. Vladek always ____(ed) for the day when he and Anja would be reunited.


600 Words. 2/18-2/25.

Writing Ideas. For more ideas, change the ww1 in the URL to ww2-ww9!


“Harrison Bergeron”
Prediction: Why might the Bergerons’ son Harrison have been arrested?

HB Quiz, 2/25.”

  1. When Harrison and the ballerina are shot.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  2. When Harrison escapes from jail. a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  3. What does vigilance mean? (1st paragraph)
  4. Which side is the author on?  a) Harrison’s  b) the government  c) neither
  5. Why was Harrison arrested in the first place?
  6. (quote) What is George’s advice for Hazel about being sad?
  7. Which of the following would be the best theme statement for “Harrison Bergeron?”  a) Being equal is ideal, but a difficult state to attain.  b) It is not in human nature to be like everyone else.  c) Nobody should try to become equal to anyone else.   d) People should not try to be equal because it makes life difficult.  e) The only fair society is an equal society.   f) Life is unfair; get used to it.

The Giver, chapter 1.” (5) NOT Collaborative.

  1. What mistake in language did Asher make? (Use the words.)
  2. (quote) How does Jonas feel about his upcoming ceremony of 12?
  3. (2) What are two times being released is not a punishment?
  4. Why does everyone know that Lily’s comment about keeping Gabriel has to be a joke?


Monday, 2/24: Homework, AW’s, Debrief Test #23, Harrison Bergeron

Copy homework into planner.

“AW’s, 2/24.”

candidate:  a person who is being considered for a job, position, award, etc.
campaign: a series of activities designed to produce a particular result
ethics:  rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad
issue: an important subject or topic  OR  to go, come, or flow out from OR  a version of a newspaper, magazine, etc.
neutralize: to counteract or cancel the effect of

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6. Water purity is a public health _____.
7. The soldiers tried to _____ the attack by dividing the invading army.
8. The group launched a _____to protect the area from commercial development.
9. Our son is a _____ for the Player of the Year award.
10. Unscrupulous means without ______.

Debrief Test #23.

Hand out Giver Books and record numbers. Incentive for bringing books! Payment for not!

Read ch 1 tonight. Quiz tomorrow!

Finish Maus.  Discuss:

  1. Art Spiegelman has said that the final page of Maus II really has at least three endings. With your group, discuss what stories they might be endings of. Be ready to point out which panels or images end each story.
  2. When MAUS was published, the Washington Post said, “…impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”  What do you think about that? Do you think it’s true? Could MAUS have been anything but a comic and been as powerful?  Why or why not?

Equality vs Equity…

What is the difference between being fair and being equal?

What are the root causes of conflict between people?

Think about the TZ, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” (8:02) Is what the doctor says true sometimes? What about social media?

What are the best ways to deal with inequality?

Begin “Harrison Bergeron”  aloud…