Thursday, 9/10/15: STAR Reading Test, Adjectives Practice, Test Preview

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling, Warm Ups, Adjectives, Outsiders, but mostly Husker Du. Leave your KBARResponse out next to your computer.

I. Meet in Computer Lab (G2) for STAR reading test. Directions:

  • Sit at the computer with the same number as your clicker.
  • Log in with your school computer username and password. (Not your Google login! NO @!!)
  • Click: Start (Windows Logo)–All Programs–Applications–StarReader–StarReader 242-S.
  • Find and double-click on your class period on the list: “Mr. Coward’s ___ Period.”
  • Find and double-click on your name. The list is alphabetical by last name. If you don’t see your name on the list, come see me immediately.
  • THIS TIME THE PASSWORD IS YOUR INITIALS: If your name is Jimmy Cheeselog, your STAR password would be jc.
  • Once the test begins, your mouse no longer works. Use the number keys to select the correct answer and press ENTER. The first three are easy practice ones to show you how it works.  GO!
  • When you are finished, click Stop Testing and exit the program.

  • Follow this link and take the adjectives practice quiz. If you score 90% or better, you are ready for adjectives tomorrow. Call me over for extra credit!


Back to the classroom for Outsiders!


Wednesday, 9/9/15: Spelling Warm Up, Show-not-Tell Practice, Outsiders

Tomorrow: Please meet in the G2 Computer lab next door to the library. Be sure to know (or have with you) your school username and password.

“Warm Up, 9/9/15.” Copy 1-6! The answers will be spelling words. Write the answers for 7 and 8. For 9 and 10, list the adjectives you find in each sentence (if any).

  1. refusal : cooperation :: childishness : _____
  2. painful : pleasurable :: together : _____
  3. rewrite : revision :: story : ______ 
  4. locker : storage :: _____ : security
  5. house : stationary :: trailer : _____
  6. soldier : obedient :: artist : _____

  7. The reason we drop the last e from a word like narrate  before we add an ending like ive,  is that… a) Narrate ends with a consonant sound.  b) The ending ive  also ends with an e.  c) The ending ive  begins with a consonant  d) The ending ive  makes it an adjective.  e) The ending ive  begins with a vowel.
  8. The reason we don’t drop the last e from a word like separate before we add an ending like -ly, is that…  a) Separate ends with a consonant sound.  b) The ending -ly ends with an y.  c) The ending -ly  begins with a consonant  d) The ending -ly  makes it an adjective.  e) NOTA

  9. My pink llama swam smoothly across the calm seas to his hidden lair.
  10. I climbed Mt. Cheese only to find that the view was disappointing.


Show-not-Tell Practice.
Use a separate sheet. Do not put your name on it.
Joey was…

  1. afraid
  2. excited
  3. bored
  4. happy
  5. sad
  6. angry
  7. silly

You have 5 minutes to write 3+ sentences that SHOW what Joey LOOKS/SOUNDS like. You can’t state any opinions. Just show what he’s doing  and what he looks/sounds like as clearly as you can.  You are trying to SHOW how Joey is feeling, not tell us.
Then I mix them up and we read them and the rest of us try to decide which Joey you had. REMEMBER: NO TELLING.

Example: You can’t say, “He was starting to get sleepy…” It has to be something like, “His eyelids drooped for a second and then snapped open again. His head sagged to the side…”


The Outsiders

Tuesday, 9/8/15: Copy Homework, Debrief Test #2, Spelling(!?)

Copy homework into your planner. Please note new date for “Messy Room.”

Go over Test #2. Whoa Nellie! Sure to be some reruns from this one on Friday.

Spelling Pretest. List #1. Old School, in notebook.

  1. maturity
  2. narrative
  3. creative
  4. believable
  5. cooperation
  6. movable
  7. ignorance
  8. requirement
  9. revision
  10. security
  11. insurance
  12. separately

After: Explain the spelling rule that all this week’s words follow.


The Outsiders
Remember the scene in biology, where Pony pulled out his switchblade? What does Pony’s reaction tell us about how he feels about being a greaser? This is called an internal conflict. Does Dally have the same kind of internal conflict? Who/what is his conflict with?

Friday, 9/4/15: Mental Floss, Test #2, THREE DAY WEEKEND!

I have one KBARR left to check. Prep sheet for Test #2:
KBAR total for the week: KBAR: ___/40  Outsiders Mini-Quiz: ___/5
Warm Ups — Tuesday (9/1): ___/11  Wednesday (9/2): ___/12  Thursday (9/3): ___/12
Vocabulary Homework: ____/20
Other Extra Credit: (Could be Serena Williams and/or Superman and/or Pink Sheet Hoops. A few of you must put -2 for unauthorized shooting.)

Mental Floss.

  1. A boat has a ladder hanging off the side that has six rungs. Each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at its highest, how many rungs are under water?
  2. Show how it is possible to name the capital of each and every one of the United States in less than a minute.
  3. Which is correct, “bigger of two halves” or “biggest of two halves”?
  4. Johnny’s mother had four children. The first was April, the second was May, and the third was June. What was the name of her fourth child?
  5. There are ten sheep walking in a straight line across a field. What numbered sheep can look back and say he is the third from the last in line?
  6. A house painter paints numbers on all the new houses in a neighborhood from 1-100. How many times does he have to paint the digit 9? (Not a trick; I’m just betting you can’t count.)

Test #2. Circle AND Click!
Finished early? Your choices:
1) Doodle – Theme: “Weird Planet.” The theme is optional; you may doodle about whatever you want. If I like it you get get extra credit.
2) Trackword. 10 words = +1, 20 = +2, etc.
3) Read something.
4) Nap. Just don’t snore.
5) Stare blankly (and silently) into space.

Have a tremendous 3-day weekend!

Thursday, 9/3/15: Vocabulary (+Relay), Show-not-Tell, Outsiders

Put your slang paragraph into my assistant’s basket.

I will be checking a double-shot of KBARR while you warm up.
Tomorrow’s Test: Vocabulary (duh), Adjectives, Outsiders, Husker Du.

“Warm Up, 9/3/15.” Do not copy. #10 is NOT a vocab word.


  1. _____ (Be prepared to explain why.)
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. It would be ironic if you suddenly decided not to get on a plane, and then the plane crashed.  True / False
  5. It would be ironic for a pilot to be scared of heights.   True / False
  6. laugh : happy :: _______ : hurt
  7. I tried to act cheerful, but it was just a __. I was really depressed inside.
  8. If you make the Scholar List you are a part of the educational _______.
  9. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still ______(ed) me.

  10. The root cred, as in incredulous and incredible, means to _______.
  11. I wonder how Vivian can afford to wear the very latest styles.  List the adjective(s) in that sentence.
  12. A savvy Kal-El  knew just what to do.  Adjective or not? (Bonus Extra Credit: Who is Kal-El?)

Vocabulary Relay! Beat the clock and the other classes!


Next Writing Assignment:

“Don’t tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”
-Samuel Clemens

cool, pretty, fun, scary, weird, ugly
What does each of these things LOOK like?

These are actually opinions, NOT descriptions! (Yes, I know they are technically adjectives.)
What’s “cool” to you could be “gross” to me or your mom!
You need to show us what this looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels like!

Describe in detail what this might LOOK/SOUND like:
Compare two examples

“My Room is Such a Mess” due next Thursday, 9/10.
Show me the most nightmarish room imaginable. I want to feel, see, hear, taste (ewww), smell everything.
350+ words, ink, ndp, title, mess(y), gross, disgusting, dirty, stinky, etc.

Time? The Outsiders

Remember the scene in biology, where Pony pulled out his switchblade? What does Pony’s reaction tell us about how he feels about being a greaser?
What is the difference between an internal and external conflict?