Wednesday, 10/10: Apostrophes, Vocab + Relay, TMA, Narrative Prep

“Apostrophes, 10/10.”

  1. _____ going to the store for llama cheese. (they)
  2. _____ going with them?  (who)
  3. All the ____ haircuts looked dorky.  (llama)
  4. We have three _____ in the class. (Elvis)
  5.  _____ not going to believe this! (you)
  6. All the _____ costumes were hilarious. (lady)


“Vocab, 10/10.”  Write the word. You will use words more than once.

  1. (2) In the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” the tortoise is ______ and the hare is ______.
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  2. “Nothing in the mail but junk mail and a death certificate.” _______
  3. “Election years are the best time to land–they never notice us in all the _____.”
  4. ______
  5. ______
  6. After he forgot his wife’s birthday, he had to _____ for several days before she forgave him.
  7. He practiced the skate trick ______(ly) until he got it right.
  8. My mom didn’t find my reasons for “needing” an X-Box8 very _____, so I was denied.
  9. He was so hungry that he ate the food, ____ of the mold around the edges.
  10. The warnings about the storm were ____. It was clear you needed to take cover.
  11. compelling : boring  ::  cordial :  ____
  12. *He made a ______ and generous ______(ion) to the Save the Whales campaign. (There is only one answer for the first blank, not two.)




The Midwife’s Apprentice.

Chapter One Question: Why do the boys bully and taunt Brat/Beetle?

Chapter 2: The Cat

Chapter 3: The Midwife



Check the last of the Story Starters.  Be ready to tell your story tomorrow. What’s the most exciting way to tell it?

The Test is still Friday: Vocab + SAWs, Apostrophes, Husker Du, TMA

Tuesday, 10/9: Apostrophes (Again), Vocab, TMA, Narrative Prep

“Apostophes, 10/9.”

  1. Spend as long washing ____ hands… (you)
  2. …as it takes to say the _____. (ABC)
  3. We had four ______ in class. (Jake)
  4. The ____ clothes are on the second floor (more than 1 child)
  5. Five ____ parents will be guests of honor.  (student)
  6. Is the title of this exercise spelled correctly? If not, write it correctly.


“Vocab, 10/9.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. boring : compelling :: aloof : ____
  7. The “consequences” for misbehavior in schools in the old days were sometimes pretty ______. I remember getting hit by a ruler more than once.
  8. His brother’s sudden disappearance caused great ____ in the family.
  9. Even though there is actually a(n) _____(ce) of  food being grown in the world, most of it doesn’t get to the people who need it.
  10. (3) Johnny : ____ :: Pony {at least according to Darry} : ____  :: Dally  : ____  {think about what Cherry said}
  11. * dying : defunct :: sufficient : _____


The Midwife’s Apprentice. After each chapter or so: We will stop for you to do a 1,1,1 in your notebook:
One summary sentence. One reaction. One Question.

Chapter One – The Dung Heap: You must use the word because.


Birth and Childhood were dangerous:

One royal family’s woes.

It has been suggested that 25% of children in the middle ages may have died in their first year, half as many (12.5%) between one and four, and a quarter as many (6%) between five and nine.

Women averaged five pregnancies in their lives, and there was an almost 20% chance of dying during or soon after one of them.

10 – 12 minutes. Narrative Prep. Full sheet in your notebook.

  • What was the conflict you faced when the incident happened? ______  vs. _____
    It could be internal, like Ponyboy being unsure about being a greaser, or external like Pony vs Darry.

    • Explain the background.
    • Give an example.
  • What was the peak moment, the climax, of your conflict? (“It all came down to this…”)
  • How did it turn out?
  • What are some things you remember being said? (“—“)
  •  What are some “showy” details that might make it more exciting?

Try to map the story on Plot Mountain:

“Hey Punk!” (Reveal the conflict/Inciting Incident)
Details/Background  (Exposition/Rising Action)

Finally… (Climax)

And so I learned (etc.) (Resolution)

Monday, 10/8: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #7,


Copy homework into planner.

Outsiders projects due next Tuesday.

“SAWs, 10/8.” (8)
considerable (adjective) large; important
contribute (verb) to add to
demonstrate (verb) to show; to display
sufficient (adjective) enough; adequate
valid (adjective) defensible; true

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considerable, contribute, demonstrate, sufficient, valid

  1. _____  2. NOT _____   3. _____  4. _____  5._____
    6. (3) My mom said my argument was not ______(ly) ______, and I did not ______ the need for a new game system, so I was denied.


Debrief Test #7.

Narrative Starter. Due Tuesday on the back of the sheet.  Think about a time when…

  • you learned something important, or…
  • something about you changed for the better, or…
  • you were unfairly judged (or bullied) and what you did about it, or…
  • you overcame an big obstacle (or fear) in your life.

Circle one of the above and briefly explain what happened.




The Midwife’s Apprentice.

ca. 1300.

What’s a midwife?
What’s an apprentice?
What was life like in 1300? We’re going to find out.
*What do you think the average life expectancy was back then?





Friday, 10/5: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #7

Prep sheet for Test #7:
KBAR: ___/40 Vocabulary Homework: ____/20
Vocab Practices: 10/2: ____/12      10/3: ____/13     10/4: ___/11
Bonus for SS and Apost.: +___  (I only want to hear about EXTRA credit.)
Other Extra Credit:  +3 for period 5 for Vocab Relay, +1 for Periods 1 and 6.

Doodle Theme: Incorporate the supplied doodle into your own.

Mental Floss.

  1. Supply the missing four words to make a famous expression. (No, you don’t get to ask any questions.)
    “Failure ____  ____  ____  ____.”
    Options: a) Success  b) Victory  c) Triumph  d) Accomplishment
  2. In each sentence below, an animal is concealed. For example, the sentence, “What shall I do, Gertrude?” has the word dog concealed. Find the hidden animal in each sentence.
    • a) He used his powers of persuasion to summon key people to the meeting.
    • b) Did I ever tell you, that at camp in the fall, I once found a ten dollar gold piece?
    • c) Asking nutty questions can be most annoying.
  3. A man made up a seven-character password (letters and numbers only) for his e-mail  account, and he wanted to write it down somewhere in case he forgot it. But he didn’t want to write down the actual password, so he wrote this sentence:
    “You force Heaven to be empty.”  What was his password?
  4. What number is always found in the middle of the telephone directory?
  5. What famous saying is represented here?
    zain yain xain wain vain uain tain sain rain qain oain nain main lain kain jain iain hain fain eain dain cain bain aain
  6. A pen and a pencil together cost $1.10. The pen costs exactly $1.00 more than the pencil. What does each cost? (Not a trick, just math.)


Test #7.


Thursday, 10/4: Apostrophes, Vocab, Sentence Scramble, Outsiders

Tomorrow’s Test: Apostrophes, Vocab, Husker Du, Outsiders


“Sentence Scramble, 10/4.”  Unscramble into one smooth sentence. Do not add or subtract any words. Punctuate!
–the electrical outlet   –grabbing   –Crazy Cathy   –the cat’s tail   –headed for


“Apostrophes and Plurals, 10/4.”

  1. _____ llama was selected for the fair.  Charles
  2. I got all ____ on my report card.  A
  3. The _____ lounge is usually off-limits to students. more than one teacher
  4. _____ llama is that?  who
  5. I think that llama is _____.   they
  6. The ____ softball team mascot is a llama.  more than one woman
  7. I think ____ going to be OK.  they
  8. All the ____ haircuts looked dorky.  more than one llama


“Vocabulary, 10/4.” Each word used once. No SAWs.

  1. One of the themes of The Outsiders is that what you _____ is not necessarily what the reality is.
  2. The amount of crime _____(ed) when police started patrolling the neighborhood more often.
  3. I would like to _____ these rumors by explaining what the facts are.
  4. The 5 hour Advanced Placement exam was very _______.
  5. She has a great _____ for companies that mistreat their workers and refuses to buy their products. (Bonus: What recent, previous vocab word is she demonstrating?)
  6. The root origins of this word meant “curse and proclamation.”
  7. The root origin of this word meant “cheerful.”
  8. The root origin of this word meant ” in large letters.”
  9. The root origin of this word meant “turned against.”
  10. The root origin of this word meant “digestion.”
  11. The root origin of this word meant”balanced and straight and true.” ______




The Outsiders!

Wednesday, 10/3: Sentence Scramble, Apostrophes, Vocab, Outsiders

“Sentence Scramble, 10/3.”  Unscramble into a smooth sentence. You must use all the pieces intact, but there is more than one way to arrange them. Write the completed and punctuated sentence in your notebook. (+1 each for extras.)

  • her creamed corn
  • yelling
  • at the baby sitter
  • onto the floor
  • Jennifer flipped


“Apostrophes, 10/3.” Pluralize and/or possessify. 

  1. She’s sure ____ going to be all right. (it)
  2. My friend _____ goal is to become an astronaut. (Maria)
  3. _____ bright idea was this?  (who)
  4. It was every single _____ nightmare. (student)
  5. The llama wagged ____ tail. (it)
  6. All the ____ clothing is on the second floor. (more than one man)
  7. All the _____ uniforms were new. (player)
  8. The best era for music was the ____. (70)


“Vocab, 10/3.” More than one possible on some.  * = SAW.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____ (Not aplomb this time.)
  5. confused : savvy :: bored : ______(ed)
  6. His feeling of accomplishment was ______(ed) when he found out that EVERYONE received an A on the test.
  7. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This means that whoever is doing the _____(ing) is the one who judges how beautiful something is.
  8. She speaks both French and German with equal ______.
  9. His political ____(s) tried to prevent him from winning the election.
  10. Which word best captures the Soc’s attitude  (attitude!toward the greasers? ____
  11. He was ___(ed) to his room until his homework was finished.
  12. As the snowfall ____(ed), we were finally able to see the road.
  13. * There was a flaw in the ____ of the new plane which made it difficult to fly.


(You get 10 minutes, then it becomes homework. We correct the questions tomorrow.)
The Outsiders.

  • Finish chapter 10, and then go see Mr. Coward for the Chapter 10 big question. Return to your desk and thoughtfully answer the question in your notebook under the title: “Why?”
  • Then  get a ch10 Quiz from the stack (white) and write the ANSWERS (not the letters) in your notebook. Do not write on the question sheet!
  • If  the above is finished:
    • Get an SE HInton Profile from the stack (yellow).
    • Read it and answer the questions at the end on a separate sheet of paper. (Title: “SE Hinton Profile.”)
    • Put the sheet in the basket when you are finished.


Big Questions so far:

Did Dally die gallant?  What makes you think so/not? Why was his death sadder than Johnny’s?

Outsiders, chapter 11, aloud.

How long has passed up to now since the beginning of the book?


Tuesday, 10/2: Apostrophes, Vocab, Outsiders

The Levitating Comma! The Apostrophe!

Question: What are the three uses for apostrophes? Examples?

  1. Possessive form: Book of Joe = Joe’s book.
  2. Contractions: is + not = isn’t  (Takes the place of a letter.)
  3. Pluralize letters and words used as words.  All A’s on my report card.


“Apostrophes, 10/2.” Copy only the bold-faced, underlined part. Write the correct form of the word for each blank. You might have to pluralize and/or possessify. YOU get ONE S.

  1. The  _____ car is equipped with laser cannons. (spy)
  2. _____ going to the store for llama cheese. (they)
  3. _____ going with them?  (who)
  4. All the ____ clothing is on the second floor. (woman)
  5. We have three _____ in the class. (Jesus)
  6.  “_____ all go to the lobby!”  (Let)
  7. All the _____ costumes were hilarious. (lady)
  8. Try not to use too many ____ in your essay. It gets repetitive. (and)


“Vocab, 10/2.” ALL PICTURES!  #12 is a SAW.


 The Outsiders.  For the rest of the period:

  • Continue reading ch 10.
  • Faster Readers: Keep your mouths shut.
  • If you finish chapter 10: Go see Mr. Coward for the Chapter 10 big question. Return to your desk and thoughtfully answer the question in your notebook under the title: “Why?”
  • Then  get a ch10 Quiz from the stack (white) and write the ANSWERS (not the letters) in your notebook. Do not write on the question sheet!
  • If all of the above is finished:
    • Get an SE HInton Profile from the stack (yellow).
    • Read it and answer the questions at the end on a separate sheet of paper. (“SE Hinton Profile.”)
    • Put the sheet in the basket when you are finished.
  • Work on your SMYK’s.