Wednesday, 3/24 (Periods 1,2,3) – Thursday, 3/25 (Periods 5,6)

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Remember: Test 14B is tomorrow (Friday, 3/26). Here is the Preview: Test 14B Preview.


REMEMBER: 600 MORE words are due Tuesday.

INTRO for 120 Seconds is due Wednesday, 3/31 (Periods 1,2,3) or Thursday, 4/1 (Periods 5,6). Counts for 600, so put it in your 600 doc!

“Warm Up, 3/25 (3/26).” (IN NOTEBOOK FOR ALL)

Write three sentences about your favorite book. Be sure to capitalize and underline the book title.
First a SIMPLE sentence,
then a COMPOUND sentence,
then a COMPLEX sentence.

120 Seconds Intro. We start this the day we get back from Break: April 13. 
It seems FAAAAR away, but we only have 2 class periods before that! SO DO NOT LAG! PREPARE and PRACTICE!

One Hundred and Twenty Seconds – 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. In the second minute:  Read a brief 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.)

I will show example videos next week!

“Vocab, 3/25 (3/26).” After the picture ones, write True if the vocab word is used correctly and False if it is not.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. Jimmy fastidioused his clothes before the dance.
  6. A beautiful sunset usually agitates people.
  7. Jimmy forgot his lines and had to improvise.
  8. Maus is a good example of an allegory.
  9. I was consigned to the end of the line because I was late.
  10. The evil genius shrewded his way into the heavily guarded bank vault.
  11. Jimmy sarcastically insinuated that I didn’t really earn my award.
  12. The pro football game played in England was sanctioned by the NFL.
  13. He made an insinuate that I was slow.
  14. I found a cute outfit at the consignment store.
  15. The improvise didn’t work, and we got caught.
  16. She was too fastidious to do anything that might get her dirty.
  17. The protestors agitated people as they agitated for equal rights.



Test Questions Preview.

  1. Why did Vladek think it was safe to go with the smugglers?
  2. What is ironic about Vladek’s decision to try to go to Hungary and give their spot at Mrs. Motonowa’s to Miloch and his family?
  3. How does Vladek skill with languages help him yet again when he is captured?
  4. What does the sign over the gate at Auschwitz translate as?
  5. Why does Artie call Vladek a murderer in the last panel on p161?


“And Here My Troubles Began…”



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