Thursday 9/3 – Friday 9/4: Mental Floss, Test #1

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“Mental Floss, 9/3 (9/4)” IN NOTEBOOK!

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 in your notebook 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.)

Recording Vocab:

  • There were 3 in class vocabs worth 29 points: 10 + 10 + 9.  Look in your notebook and add up your scores.  If you had extra words, you might have more than 29! Yay!
  • Also check to see if you did both the definitions and the Show Me You Knows.
  • Then, in the chat, type VOCAB: __/20 and defs/smyk/both. So if you got 27 right in class and did both defs and SMYK’s then you would type:
    VOCAB: 27/20, both +2 for Mental Floss. 
  • If you did extra credit sentences, come back in the afternoon to show them to me.

Test Links. Write the answers in your notebook under the Title “Test #1.” This way we can double check what you intended to type in the test form.

You can get the app for your phone by going to your phone’s app store and searching for ThatQuiz.

You may use your notebook to help you and for the list of vocab words.  You may also scroll down and click the link for the Outsiders excerpt we read. There is a 30 minute time limit! Make sure you click the link for your class! Keep your camera on! When you’re ready, click the link for your class, type your 6-digit student ID, and GO!

Period One: Test 1.

Period Two: Test 1

Period Three: Test 1

Period Five: Test 1

Period Six: Test 1


Finished early? Your choices:
1) Doodle Theme: The messiest room you can imagine. The theme is optional; you may doodle about whatever you want. Take a pic and email it to me. If I like it, you get extra credit.
2) Read something.
3) Stare blankly (and silently) into space.

4) Do other classwork.

This afternoon:

Tuesday, 9/1 – Wednesday, 9/2: Adjectives, Vocab, Test Practice, Outsiders

While I take roll, answer the following questions in the chat, BUT DO NOT PRESS ENTER UNTIL I TELL YOU! Also read the announcements below and be prepared to ask questions.
  1. What “virtual” school day of the week is it?
  2. Yes or No? Do you know your 6-digit student ID? It was your lunch number when we had lunch. (Hint: It’s on your schedule.)
  3. What does NDP mean in the slang paragraph instructions?
  4. Yes or No? Have you shared you slang paragraph with me yet?
VERY IMPORTANT: Please come to school to pick up your OUTSIDERS book  any time this week, starting now! These books are a LOAN, so please take care of them; you WILL BE BRINGING THEM BACK in a few weeks. Please make sure you have your book by MONDAY! Today, I have copied and pasted what we are reading, but you will need an actual book starting Monday!

The books will be on a cart outside the front office.

Find the book with your name on it.
Slang Paragraphs are due Thursday for Periods 1,2,3 and Friday for Periods 5, 6. Create a google doc and share it with me!
Afternoon minutes today are for people who either haven’t started their slang paragraph or who would like help with it.
By the way: NDP = Name, Date, Period.
The First Test is Thursday for Periods 1,2,3 and Friday for Periods 5,6. It will cover: Vocab, Adjectives, the two poems we read, and The Outsiders, plus anything else we talked about.
I will post a link to the test (so you can study) on Wednesday afternoon. You won’t be able to take it but you can see it to study.

“Vocabulary, 9/1 – 9/2.” (9) Write the vocabulary word in your notebook.
  1. _____
  2. (un)_______(able)
  3. Even though he may not be “book-smart” he has a lot of ____ about the world.
  4. Some people called him weird, but he preferred to be called a (non-)______(ist).
  5. (2 words: 1 for each blank) The old man was considered the ____ of the village because of all his experience and ______.
  6. From what she says, we can ____ that she and her older brother do not get along very well.
  7. rebel : conform :: tense : _______
  8. Her outlook on life was very _____ after the accident that killed her brother.

Adjectives answer the question “What Kind?” about nouns!

What kind of bear was he????

“Adjectives, 9/1-9/2.” (6) COPY each underlined word and write adjective or not adjective.

  1. She has such a soft voice!
  2. I can hardly hear her.
  3. A French chef in New York chisels ice sculptures.
  4. Machine parts are used to form mechanical structures.
  5. She is a pretty savvy poker player.
  6. She has a lot of basketball savvy.

“Practice Test Demo 1, 9/1-9/2.”
Write the answers in your notebook as well as typing them in the test to make sure there’s a record in case of a mistake.

Practice Test Links: Your 6-digit student ID is your password. Click the link for your class, use the drop-down menu to find your name, log in with your 6-digit student number, and GO!

First Period: Test Demo 1

Second Period: Test Demo 1

Third Period: Test Demo 1

Fifth Period: Test Demo 1

Sixth Period: Test Demo 1

All Quizzes, Tests, and Results can be found with your class’s Quiz Link over on the right sidebar. If you miss a test or a quiz, just go to your period’s Quiz Link, use the drop-down menu to choose, and take it! There’s even an App you can download: Search for ThatQuiz in your app store.

The Outsiders by S E Hinton

Key Questions.

    • What are the connotations of the word “outsider”?
    • What does it mean to say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?
    • What was the example of judging a book by its cover in the Adjectives video???

Begin reading. Click below and FOLLOW ALONG WITH ME!

The Outsiders – Chapter 1-1

Adjectives, Vocab, Delinquent, Outsiders?

8/31 – Homies ONLY:


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Opening Act: “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

“Warm Up, 8/28  and 8/31.”

  1. Based on the video, write a definition of what an adjective is/does: 
    (Copy and complete) “An adjective is a word that…”
  2. Explain what the expression “Ignorance is bliss” means.
  3. (2) Is the expression “Ignorance is bliss” a motto? Why/not?

“Vocab, 8/28 (8/31).” Just write the answer in your notebook. You may use words more than once. I will be checking Vocabulary Show Me You Know sentences.

  1. ______
  2. ______
  3. ______
  4. ______
  5. cool : good :: dig : ______
  6. hopeful : bleak :: proud : _____
  7. He touched the cut on his cheek ______. Ow!
  8. A person who doesn’t like to ______ to the group is often looked at as an outsider.
  9. Even though their denotations are similar, the words nosy and curious have different _____(s).
  10. He nodded ____(ly) and said, “It would have been wiser to have someone pick you up.”

Delinquent” by Langston Hughes


Day Two, 8/26 – 27

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“Warm Up, 8/26(27)” (Individual – First 4 minutes!) Write the answers in the notebook. GUESS if you don’t know!

  1. What is an analogy?
  2. What is pretty much the only way to earn “extra credit” in this class?
  3. What does SMYK stand for?
  4. What does MYOB stand for?

“Vocabulary, 8/26(27).” (In groups) All answers will be vocabulary words. Use your definitions and your group homies to help you. For #1-4, choose which word best fits the picture, and be prepared to explain why you think so. If you can justify more than one word for a picture, you might receive bonus credit. Write the answers in your notebook.
bliss, infer, bleak, nonchalant, gingerly, rueful, savvy, conform, sage, fathom, connotation
sage bleak1wpiStock_why-do-we-conform

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. pain : pleasure :: confusion : ______
  6. rules : requirements :: happiness : ____
  7. For Esteban, the word dropout had the ____ of a gang member with a can a spray paint.
  8. I was able to _____ the meaning of the word from the way it was used.
  9. Nobody could _____ why he liked school so much even though he got all F’s.
  10. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and ______.

As we correct, DRAW A LINE THROUGH ANY INCORRECT ANSWER, and write the correct answer next to it. DO NOT ERASE! Put your total ( /10) at the top.


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. 
“Motto, 8/26(27).” (in your notebook. In groups.)
1) What is a motto?
2) What do you think he means by “Dig and Be Dug In Return”?
3) What other saying(s) have you heard or use might mean something similar?

What TWO things does the slang term DIG mean?

Short Explanation Paper Assignment. Due Next Thursday (Pers. 1-3) / Friday (Pers 4-6).

Day One! ZOOM Link! Fun!

Well, Here we go. Please click the Zoom link below 5 minutes before your class starts.

I. Welcome and Roll

II. Mr. Coward’s Website and how we roll. Have this web page open with your Zoom Window!

Get a notebook! Get an Independent Reading book!

III. Homework for the “Week.”

Each “week” is really two weeks since we meet only every other day.

IV. Vocabulary Homework.

V. Analogies. Practice for Vocab.
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, 8/24/2020.”  Copy!

  1. tobacco : cigarette : : meat : _____
  2. boxer : athlete :: chair : ______
  3. Which is correct: “18 plus 19 is 36,” or “18 plus 19 are 36″?

VI. Afternoon Minutes. 10 people/period/day at first, until I have talked to everyone, and then we’ll talk about how we’re gonna use that time.



Time? AMA!