Friday, 4/20: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #31

Prep sheet for Test #30:
TS KBARR: ___/20     TS Quizzes: ___/6  ___/6
Vocab h/w: ___/20   Vocab Practice: ___/13  ___/13 ___/10
Other Extra Credit:  +3,+2, or +1 for each Gramma that had 9+ correct.


Mental Floss.

  1. What sort of story begins with a limb and ends with a finish?
  2. Two men got lost while exploring in the desert. Each man had a compass. One headed due East, and the other headed due West. Two hours later, they met. How?
  3. Following are groups of three words. Can you figure out the common link within each group? Example: Hurricane, potato, needle, (answer: eyes)
    a) computer, onion dip, poker game
    b) bowling alley, dress-maker, wrestling match
    c) dentist, oil field, basketball practice
    d) April, locker room, brides-to-be
    e) pelican, legislature, person in debt
  4. Make the matchstick dawg face the other way by moving only 2 matches. His tail must still point up!
  5. There was a road around a circular lake. A man and his brother each started in the same place and drove around the lake at exactly the same speed, but in opposite directions. The first brother went clockwise around the lake at 40 mph, and the trip took him an hour and 20 minutes. The second brother went counterclockwise around the lake–also at exactly 40 mph–but his trip only took him 80 minutes. Each traveled exactly the same distance: 53.33 miles. How is that possible?


Test #30.

CHOICE G should be INTERJECTION, not Preposition.

Doodle Theme: Prank.

Monday, 4/16 (36): Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #29, Tom Sawyer!

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 4/16.”
specify (verb): to clearly define
establish (verb): to cause to be recognized and accepted
cohesive (adjective): unified
constrain (verb): to hold back or limit
xenophobia (noun): a fear of foreign people


Go over Test #29.

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”


Tom Sawyer!

  1. What would you do for fun in 1835?
  2. What chore/work did you always want to do as a kid, but now that you have to do it, you don’t want to any more?
  3. Slang: truck, lick, dander up, powerful warm, lam, suck eggs


Read the Author’s Preface.
What two reasons does Mark Twain give for writing this book?

Chapter 1.


Friday, 4/13: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #29

Prep Sheet for Test #29:
Husker Du: ___/5 ___/7 ___/6 ___/6
Vocab h/w: ___/20
Vocab Practices: ___/12 ___/10 ___/10
Flying Machine: ___/12
KBARR: ___/40
Other Extra Credit: Period 2 +3 for vocab relay, all others +1. +2 for 10/10 on SAWs.



Mental Floss.

  1. This sounds impossible, but it can be done. Take one from twenty nine and leave thirty. (No negative numbers.)
  2. What is the next thing in this sequence. 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ____. Fill in the blank correctly.
  3. You have just fallen 15 feet out of a window, completely naked! Directly beneath you is an enormous, spiky cactus. You haven’t hurt yourself! How come?
  4. What North American state is round on both sides and high in the middle?
  5. If George Washington were alive right now, what would he be most famous for?
  6. Fill in the blanks with four words, such that the first and the fourth are the same, while the second and the third are homonyms.  A prison guard ______ ______, and a jeweler ______ ______.


Test #29. Doodle Theme: The House of the Future!

Thursday, 4/12: Husker Du, Vocab + Relay, E-Men

Why might this be bad?


Tomorrow’s Test: Husker Du (Test #8), Vocab, Poem #435, E-Men.

“Husker Du, 4/12.”
a) intrigue  b) benevolent  c) apprehensive  d) wheedle  e) sift  f) transgression  g) aghast   h) ebb

  1. “Why don’t you get a job?”   asked Steve.  “What?” Two-Bit was ___ “And ruin my rep?”
  2. I found your story _______(ing), but finally unbelievable.
  3. The fan _____(ed) her way into the sold-out concert by flirting with the security guard.
  4. The candidate’s popularity ______(ed) as scandal after scandal about him was uncovered.
  5. _____ llama was selected for the fair.  a) Charles’  b) Charles’s  c) Charle’s   d) NOTA
  6. The deaths of Johnny and Dally.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  7. When we find out that the book is Ponyboy’s essay.  a) exposition  b) rising action  c) inciting incident  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution


“Vocab, 4/12.”  Each word is used once. #2 is not disposition. #6 is not conglomeration.



Vocabulary Relay!


“The Earth Men.” Test Preview Questions.

  1. Emily Dickinson felt that “the Majority” always prevailed on the question of…
  2. What does the captain say that finally makes Mr. Aaa stop and listen to him?
  3. What is it the Earth men want from the Martians?
  4. Even though it doesn’t really have anything to do with the story, Ray Bradbury spends time describing a mechanical spider toy that the little girl plays with. What’s the point?
  5. It turns out that the line of work a Martian needs to be in to welcome Earth men is…
  6. What is our climax?
  7. What is our falling action?
  8. What is our resolution? Why does the story end with a weather report?


Monday, 3/26: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #28, Wheel of Doom!

Welcome to the Fourth Quarter!

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 3/26.”
generate (verb): to produce
derive (verb): to obtain from (derivative)
advantage (noun): quality that gives someone a better chance than others
consume (verb): to use up
contaminate (verb): to poison; to pollute



Go over Test #28. Most of you did well.


Wheel of Doom.

“Husker Du, 3/26.” – Period One: Test #12 – 2,3,4,14,15

“Husker Du, 3/26.” – Period Two: Test #7 – 1,2,8,17,18

“Husker Du, 3/26.” – Period Three: Test #23 – 11,12,13,14,23

“Husker Du, 3/26.” – Period Five: Test #13 – 5,7,8,10,11


Work on Giver Book >< Giver Movie Essay.