Friday, 8/28/15: Test #1, Mental Floss, Clickers!

Friday, 8/29/14 – Finally Friday!
Homies: Fire Drill! Slightly shorter schedule.

Find your clicker number and take it to your desk. We’ll practice with them in a few minutes.
Prepare sheet for Test #1.
Look in your notebook for your warm ups this week. Record your scores at the top of the sheet.

Mental Floss: Brain teasers and trick questions to scrape the mucous off your brain before the test.
Purely extra credit. NO penalty for wrong answers, so you may as well guess. Write the answers at the top of your test sheet. If it looks like a trick, it probably is.

  1. You have two coins that total 15 cents, but one of them is not a nickel. How is that possible?
  2. What is the volume of dirt in a hole 6 feet long, 8 feet deep, and 4 feet wide?
  3. A farmer had seventeen sheep; all but nine died. How many are left?
  4. What heavy six letter word can you take one letter away from and have eight left?
  5.  You are in a mountain cabin, and it is freezing and dark. The cabin has an old gas lantern, a wood burning stove, and an oil burning heater. You have only one match. Which do you light first?
  6. A fish weighs 10 pounds plus half its weight. How much does it weigh?(Not a trick; just math.)


Clicker Practice. When the top and bottom of your space on the grid are both blue, you’re finished!

  1. The moon is made of green cheese.  a) True  b) False
  2. You have _____ periods in your regular school day.  a) 2  b) 4  c) 5  d) 6  e) NOTA
  3. ______ is the principal of the school.  a) Mayor McCheese  b) The Hamburglar  c) My Little Pony  d) Mr. Schalde  e) NOTA

Test #1: Circle AND Click. Click AND Circle. Circle them all, then Click. However you want to do it; just make sure you do BOTH!
Finished early? Your choices:
1) Doodle – Theme: The messiest room you can imagine. The theme is optional; you may doodle about whatever you want. If I like it you get get extra credit.
2) Trackword –  Read the directions!
3) Read something.
4) Nap. Just don’t snore.
5) Stare blankly (and silently) into space.

Thursday, 8/27/15: Tomorrow’s Test, Vocab (duh), Outsiders!

Tomorrow’s Test
: Vocabulary, “Motto” and “Delinquent” and whatever else we’ve done in class this week. Here’s a preview:
“Warm Up 8/27/15.” Write the answer, not the letter.

  1. Even though he may not be “book-smart” he has a lot of ____ about the world.  a) gingerly  b) savvy  c) infer  d) nonchalant  e) fathom
  2. Some people called him weird, but he preferred to be called a (non-)___(ist).  a) sage  b) rueful  c) infer  d) conform  e) fathom
  3. The landscape of the moon is lifeless and very_____. a) sage  b) rueful  c) bliss  d) conform  e) bleak
  4. The old man was considered the ____ of the village because of all his experience and wisdom.  a) sage  b) rueful  c) nonchalant  d) bleak  e) fathom
  5. “I shouldn’t have done that,” he said with a ____ sigh.  a) savvy  b) rueful  c) infer  d) conform  e) blissful

  6. She speaks so softly that I can hardly hear her.  a) softly – adjective,  hardly – not  b) softly – not,  hardly – adjective  c) both adjectives  d) both not
  7. I bowl pretty well; my ball has pretty flowers on it.  a) well – adjective,  pretty – not  b) well – not,  pretty – adjective  c) both adjectives  d) both not

  8. In the poem “Delinquent,” who’s (the) delinquent?  a) Julie’s parents  b) Julie  c) society  d) All of the above.  e) NOTA (none of the above)
  9. What’s the message of the poem “Motto”?  a) YOLO  b) Enjoy the good things while you can.  c) Treat others how want to be treated.  d) “Dig it!”  e) NOTA
  10. 90% of 50 = _____  a) 5  b) 40  c) 45  d) 46  e) NOTA


Vocabulary Update. (Add to notebook.)
connotation (n): what a word makes you think about  (co- means together or with – the thought that goes with)
denotation (n): the dictionary definition of the word


The Outsiders by S E Hinton
Key Questions.

  • 1967?
  • Connotations of the word “outsider”?
  • What does it mean to say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?
  • What is a 1st person narrator? 2nd?  3rd? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • What is required to make a story? (Hint: it starts with a c.)
  • Who are the “outsiders”?
  • Begin reading.

Paul Newman?


Wednesday, 8/26: Adjectives, Vocab, “Delinquent” + More

Opening Act: “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

I will be checking Vocabulary Show Me You Know sentences.
“Warm Up, 8/26/15.” Copy the analogies only. You may use words more than once.

  1. _______ (Be prepared to explain why for 1-4.)
  2. ______
  3. ______
  4. ______
  5. cool: good :: dig : ______ (2)
  6. hopeful : bleak :: proud : _____
  7. Most religions promise eternal ______ in something like Heaven.
  8. A person who doesn’t like to ______ to the group is often looked at as an outsider.
  9. Explain what the expression “Ignorance is bliss” means.
  10. Is the expression “Ignorance is bliss” a motto? Why/not?
  11. Based on the video, write a definition of what an adjective is/does:  “An adjective is a word that…”


Delinquent” by Langston Hughes

The Outsiders by S E Hinton

  • What are the connotations of the word “outsider”?

  • What does it mean to say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?

  • What does the year 1967 make you think of?


Paul Newman?

Begin reading…


Tuesday, 8/25: Vocab Practice, “Motto,” Dig It?

I will be checking vocabulary definitions while you work.
“Warm Up, 8/25/15.”  Answers 1-8 will be vocabulary words. Use your pink sheet to help you. For #1-4, choose which word best fits the picture and complete the sentence with a reason you think so.  Copy #5-6. Write the word only for #7 and #8. (#9 and #10 are just to see if you were listening yesterday.)

  1. _____ because…
  2. _____ because…
  3. _____ because…
  4. _____ because…
  5. pain : pleasure :: confusion : ______
  6. rules : requirements :: happiness : ____
  7. I was able to _____ the meaning of the word from the way it was used.
  8. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and ______.

  9. What is 10% of 40?
  10. An analogy is a _______.


About This Class
I will include several questions from this sheet on Friday’s test.

We will talk KBAR on Monday.  Next Monday

(in your notebook)

Motto by Langston Hughes     

     I play it cool
     and dig all jive. 
     That’s the reason 
     I stay alive. 
     My motto, 
     As I live and learn, 
     Dig and Be Dug 
     In Return. 

1) What is a motto?
2) What do you think he means when he says “play it cool” and  “dig all jive”?
3) What does he mean by “Dig and Be Dug In Return”?
4) What other saying(s) have you heard or use would mean something similar?

Audio Feature: The concept of “digging.”

Short Explanation Paper Assignment. Due next Tuesday, 9/1. (Add to your assignment book/planner.)

Monday, 8/24/15: Welcome to 7th Grade English

Welcome to Seventh Grade English!
(Short classes today due to the Tour Schedule.)
Seating Charts/Schedules/Name Pronunciation, etc.

Web Page: or or–>Mr. Coward
Know it. Use it. Love it.

I. Copy homework into assignment book (AKA: planner).
This is the first thing we do every week. The homework for the entire week goes up Monday (or the first day of the week).

II. Vocabulary Sheet. Rate your knowledge of this week’s words.

III. Analogies.
x : y :: a : b.  Translation: is related to y in the same way that a is related to b.
Example –> ice : melt : garbage : rot.

In Notebook: “Warm Up, 8/24/15.” Copy 1-3. Show your work on #4.

  1. tobacco : cigarette : : meat : _____
  2. boxer : athlete :: chair : ______
  3. needle : sew :: shovel : ______
  4. On a 40 point test, how many points would I need to receive an A (90%)?
  5. Which is correct: “18 plus 19 is 36,” or “18 plus 19 are 36″?

Time? AMA!