Tuesday, 1/29: Vocab, Interview Update, Vladek

“Vocab, 1/29.”

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______
  4. ______
  5. ______
  6. The man finally ______(ed) his intense thirst with a drink from the fountain.
  7. The smell of brownies _____ the house and made me very hungry.
  8. The goal of immigrants used to be _____(ion), but these days people are proud of their differences.
  9. With more than 42,000 locations worldwide, Subway Sandwich places are _____.
  10. Mr. Coward is not happy about Jhonny’s less than _____ papers. They are very difficult to decipher, and scores might get entered incorrectly.
  11. (2) Whenever she was _____, she always seemed to find _____ in her music.


Interview Update.

Each question should be “followed up” with another question based on the previous answer.
Write down answers to questions. (direct quotes, summaries, notes on attitude, etc.)
Note the setting of the interview. (place, time, surroundings, what you’re doing…)
Describe the interviewee. (physical, voice, relationship to you, attitude, background, hobbies…)


“Vladek, 1/29.” Quiz! Open book.

  1. (quote) On p219, when Felix is worried about being “taken,” how does Vladek try to calm him?
  2. What incident showed how much Anja’s fellow prisoners liked her?
  3. On p228, how does Art Spiegelman SHOW Vladek’s uncertainty about how long he worked on Black Work?
  4. On p230, Vladek says, “If I saw a couple months before how it was all arranged here, only one time I could see it!” Explain what he means.
  5. On p233, Artie asks Vladek an important question. Quote one of Vladek’s answers.”
  6. Why might Art Spiegelman have included the scene on p234? In other words, what might he want us to think about?

Chapter 3.


Monday, 1/28: Welcome Guest Teacher!

Welcome Guest Teacher.  Please be on your best behavior for the guest teacher, who will rate each class 1-10 for work ethic and cooperation and leave me a note about each class’s behavior. As you know, any class that scores less than 8 will be subject to penalties upon my return. Classes that earn 10’s will be rewarded. The guest teacher will make a note on the seating chart of anyone who is a pain, and those people will face my wrath on Tuesday.

Please follow the steps in order.

  1. Copy homework into planner:
  • KBARR: Reading M-Th (15+ min.) + 4×4 Chart in notebook + 1pg response in notebook due Friday.
  • Vocabulary due Tuesday, Wednesday.
  • Interview Questions Due Thursday!

2. Go over Test #19. (If you were absent on Friday, you know what to do. If you took your test home, you know what to do.)
The guest teacher will display the key and read them out loud. Double check tonight to see if your clicker score matches.

3. “Husker Du… Commas? 1/28”
Write the word before, the comma, and the word after. Write ok if no commas are needed. Some might need more than one comma.

  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.

4. Correct. Guest teacher has the key.

5. If your class has not finished Book 2, Chapter 2 (to page 234), please do so. If your class got that far, go to the next step.

6. Use a Chromebook to go to LearnersDictionary.com and begin your vocab homework.

7. If you finish vocab, you may read ahead in MAUS.

Friday, 1/25: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #19

Prep sheet for Test #19. (Reload the test page to get the latest version.)
Husker Du: ___/13 ___/13   KBARR: ___/30   Sentence Combo:___/5


Mental Floss.

  1. How can you perform a subtraction from seven so that the result will be even, but without subtracting any odd numbers?
  2. What is so light that anyone on Earth can hold it, but so heavy that nobody can hold it longer than about 20 minutes?
  3. At noon, you look at the old-school clock in your bedroom. The big hand is on the five and the little hand is in between the three and the four. What time is it?
  4. Two fathers and two sons own 21 horses between them. Explain how it is possible to evenly divide the herd among them. (NO, you don’t get to cut up any horses!)
  5. Where do you leave a “place” by closing the “window”?  (On a _____.)
  6. In a small town in the country, a male cow swallowed an explosive device. The town newspaper had a front page story about it.   Which one-word headline did they use?
    * Shocking!  * How?  * Dangerous!  * Terrifying!
    * Abominable!  * What?  * Horrible! 


Test #19.

Doodle Theme:

Thursday, 1/24: Husker Du II, Sentence Combo, Vladek

Tomorrow’s Test: Husker Du (including Sentence Combo), Vladek.

“Husker Du II, 1/24.”

  1. This song also has an abundant of rocking guitars and a rap section featuring JayZ.  a) fragment    b) run on    c) apostrophe or plural error    d) word misuse    e) no mistake
  2. it: a) first person b) second person c) third person  d) fourth person
  3. “Why don’t you get a job?”   asked Steve.  “What?” Two-Bit was _______ “And ruin my rep?”  a) apprehensive  b) benevolent  c) nondescript  d) aghast  e) enhanced  f) intrigued
  4. The real reason Alyce leaves the village is that she…   a) doesn’t like delivering babies.  b) can’t express what she’s feeling.  c) can’t help the midwife any more. d) can’t take the midwife’s treatment of her any more.  e) can’t take the insults she knows she’s going to get.  f) NOTA
  5. The medication seems effective, _____, more research must be done to see if it’s safe.   a) therefore  b) furthermore  c) nevertheless  d) so  e) consequently  f) NOTA
  6. Many of the the company’s factory workers have been ____(ed) by industrial robots. a) regime  b) diminish  c) displace  d) stable  e) estimate  f) taunt  g) tantalize  h) NOTA
  7. That embarrassing moment when you realize that your llama just wrote a run on sentence.  a) Fragment  b) Run On  c) Correct Sentence
  8. compelling : boring :: scarce : _____  a) diligent  b) diffident  c) dire  d) heedless  e) abundant  f) cordial  g) NOTA
  9. The ____ softball team mascot is a llama.  (More than one.)  a) women’s  b) woman’s  c) womens’s  d) NOTA
  10. I got all ____ on my report card.  a) A’s  b) As  c) ‘A’s  d) NOTA
  11. _____ llama is that?  a) whose  b) who’se  c) who’s  d) NOTA
  12. Which word best captures the Soc’s attitude toward the greasers?  ______  a) disdain  b) adversary  c) perceive  d) engrossed  e) banish  f) aplomb  g) NOTA
  13. Dally getting hauled in for the murder he didn’t do is an example of irony.  a) True  b) False
FANBOYS (Compound)
  • for
  • and
  • nor
  • but
  • or
  • yet
  • so
Dependent Clause Starters (Complex)
  • although
  • unless
  • because
  • if
  • when
  • though
  • even though
  • since
  • though
  • as
  • until
Phrase Starters (NOT CLAUSES)
  • with
  • in
  • on
  • by
  • between
  • like
  • over
  • at
  • from
  • for
  • during
  • like

“Sentence Combo, 1/24.” Combine the sentences into the type of sentence asked for.

  1. The llama usually got seasick. He lived on a houseboat. (Complex)
  2. A girl rode her unicycle. Down the street is where she went. She had a llama-shaped balloon. (SIMPLE! Use the chart above!)
  3. She likes pizza. The llama prefers salmon burgers. (Compound)
  4. BONUS: The llama ate broccoli.  The llama didn’t get sick. The llama was able to meet Taylor Swift. (Compound-Complex! Use a dependent clause AND one of the FANBOYS AND a comma.)


Vladek! On tomorrow’s test:

  1. How does Pavel try to show Artie what Auschwitz felt like?  
  2. What makes Art shrink down again on p207?
  3. What’s a barrack (aka a block)?
  4. Why does the tin shop foreman, Yidl, dislike Vladek? 
  5. What does Vladek do to change Yidl’s opinion?
  6. What was Appel?
  7. Who helps Vladek establish and maintain contact with Anja?
  8. What was a Selektion?

Wednesday, 1/23: Semester One Review, Art Spiegelman, Vladek

“Semester Review I. 1/23.” Write the answer not the letter.

  1. His doctor recommended buying a goat and going water-skiing. a) Simple  b) Compound  c) Complex
  2. Though he knew it was a mistake, he ate the doughnut anyway. a) Simple  b) Compound  c) Complex
  3. In The Outsiders, when we referred to a facade, we would be saying that the person was ______ about their true feelings.
    a) ambivalent  b) futile  c) ambiguous  d) dissembling  e) presumptuous  f) cathartic  g) NOTA
  4. Artie very often shows Vladek telling his story as he pedals his exercise bike. What does this probably symbolize?  a) How important exercise is to Vladek.  b) Vladek always running from the Nazis, but never escaping.  c) How he is running from Mala.  d) How much he misses Anja.  e) How he has too much energy.  f) NOTA
  5. From The Monsters are Due on Maple Street: “I had the soup on the stove and the stove just stopped working.”  a) exposition  b) inciting action  c) resolution  d) rising action  e) climax
  6. I know Pedro quite well. _____, Pedro happens to be my best friend.    a) therefore  b) as a result  c) nevertheless  d) so  e)  in fact  f) NOTA
  7. A paradox is… a) two doctors.  b) a time travel thing  c) a contradiction  d) a device or machine  e) NOTA
  8. Up, up, and away in my beautiful balloon.  a) Fragment  b) Run on   c) Correct Sentence.
  9. The upstairs library is a great place to quietly study for your test.  Adjectives?  a) upstairs  b) great, quietly  c) upstairs, great, quietly  d) upstairs, great  e) NOTA
  10. Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll. a) fragment    b) run on    c) apostrophe or plural error    d) word misuse    e) no mistake
  11. There are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” a) fragment    b) run on    c) apostrophe or plural error    d) word misuse    e) no mistake
  12. When the midwife rejects Alyce the first time she comes back.  a) exposition  b) climax  c) inciting incident  d) falling action  e) rising action  f) resolution
  13. The quarterback ____(ed) every weakness in the defense and threw for 5 touchdowns.  a) circumvent  b) illicit  c) acquit  d) dumbfound  e) elude  f) exploit  g) NOTA


The Original Maus!





Tuesday, 1/22: Welcome to the Second Half! Research, Vladek.

Copy “homework” into planner.


Ok, let’s finish up this research thing. Follow the steps below, IN ORDER!

  1. Write your Conclusion:
    • Diabetes is a disease that… It can be treated with… Research for the future includes…
    • Tsunamis are huge, destructive waves that… In order to minimize their destruction…
    • A mechanical engineer helps… It takes… It’s a career that offers…
  2. EasyBib your Works Cited into the proper format.
  4. Make sure you have captioned and credited your graphics.
  5. Make sure your section titles are capitalized.
  6. PROOFREAD it one more time.
  7. Make sure your document has a title AND YOUR NAME!
  8. If you haven’t already shared with me, please do so.
  9. Use the Print Link to add the class printer to your Chromie. Check first! It might already have been added!
  10. Print, staple, and put your paper into the basket!


Time? Vladek!

Thursday, 1/17: Last Day of the Semester, Research!

Attention Students and Guest Teacher.

Mr. Coward has jury duty today! Please be on your best behavior for the guest teacher, who will rate each class 1-10 for work ethic and cooperation. As you know, any class that scores less than 8 will be subject to penalties upon my return. Classes that earn 10’s will be rewarded. The guest teacher will make a note of anyone who is a pain, and those people will face my wrath on Tuesday.

Try to finish your research writing today. Sometime during the period, please SHARE your document with me: mcoward@slcusd.org.

DO NOT PRINT! We will take care of last minute details, printing and suchlike on Tuesday. If you are not completely finished today, PLEASE DO NOT WORK ON IT AT HOME! You will get the period on Tuesday to finish up!

I will explain the brief conclusion on Tuesday.

Work for the entire period today. If your Chromie is at less than 50% power, please plug it in.

IF you think your paper is COMPLETELY FINISHED AND PROOFREAD, you may play unblocked games. NO YOUTUBE or videos.

Have a great four-day weekend! See you on Tuesday!