Thursday, 12/8: Vocab Relay, Research, Monsters!

Tomorrow’s (Short) Test: Vocab, MoMS, Husker Du.

NextGen VOCABULARY RELAY! The class that gets around the room fastest with the fewest mistakes wins! If you are one of the people that gets a rerun, you’d better be ready! Count off, remember your number, and preview your question before we get to you.

  1. True/False? Referring to a judge as “Your Honor,” is an example of a colloquialism.
  2. True/False? Always eating chicken before a baseball game is a good example of an idiosyncrasy.
  3. True/False?  In the word insomnia, the prefix in- means into.
  4. True/False?  Shaving your head is an example of a metamorphosis.
  5. True/False? Mr. Coward uses many colloquialisms.
  6. True/False? The word scapegoat is based on actual goats.
  7. True/False? In the word instill, the prefix in– means not.
  8. True/False? The word scapegoat can be used as a verb.
  9. True/False? In the word transfixed, the prefix trans– means nailed.
  10. True/False?To be called a phenomenon, it has to be inexplicable.
  11. True/False? At the end of The Midwife’s Apprentice, Alyce is optimistic.
  12. True/False?  Dally was a pessimistic person.
  13. True/False?  The sun coming up every morning is a phenomenon.
  14. True/False?  The sun coming up every morning is inexplicable.


“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” Act II.
(Video tomorrow.)

Let’s preview a few MoMS test questions.


Anti-Plagiarism Example.

You should have:

Works Cited.

  1. Source #1
  2. Source #2
  3. etc.
What is a SWAT officer?What training…?Etc.
SWAT Officers
(rough draft)Officer Jim Dandy
listened to the voice in his
earphone as he slowly
approached the building…

Wednesday, 12/7: Vocabulary, Research, Monsters!

You Better Know: What infamous event in history occurred on this day? In what year?

“Vocabulary 12/7.”

  1. (2) _____ and ______
  2. _____
  3. “Quick, Bartlett! ______ them with hope!”
  4. “It’s times like these we really need to roll up our sleeves, rally together, and find a _____.”
  5. Everybody has _______(s) that other people might find weird.
  6. Patience with the ways of nature had been ____(ed) in her by her father.
  7. The root of this word means sleep: _____
  8. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____
  9. (2) The prefix of these words means not: _____ (Not instill; that one means “into.”)
  10. *** This word literally means “across to send.” _____


“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” p246.

Discuss in your group:

  • What is the purpose of fear?  (Why do we get scared?)
  • Why do we like it sometimes? (Don’t say, “It’s fun.” Duh.)
  • What are (most) humans scared of?
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” (Meaning? Bonus: Who said that famous quote?)



Tuesday, 12/6: Debrief Test #14, Vocab, Research

Plagiarism or Not? (1-3)

Debrief Test #14. #23?! What the heck?!  #31?

“Vocabulary, 12/6.”  (15p) Bonus: What was the misspelled word on the vocab sheet? Bonus 2: What’s the plural form of phenomenon?

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. “If there are no other ideas, then it’s agreed we blame the media.” _____
  5. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  6. The hill with the M on it is known _____(ly) as Madonna Mountain, but its real name is… (Bonus: en Espanol.)
  7. Mr. Calandro is trying to _____ a sense of kindness in the students of Laguna.
  8. The replays of the rescue ____ TV watchers all over the country.
  9. The _____ of two full moons in one month is called a blue moon.
  10. (2) Everyone was talking about the _____  _____ they saw in the sky last night. What the heck was it?
  11. The root of this word means “shape.”   ______
  12. True or False? Always taking the same route to school is a good example of an idiosyncrasy. 
  13. *** (2) The protesters’ _______ has managed to get construction of the Dakota Pipeline temporarily _______(ed).


Chromie up!

  1. Start a Google Doc with the title Works Cited.
  2. Open your first source in a new tab. Copy the url and open another new tab.
  3. Go to
  4. Paste your url into the form and create a citation.
  5. Paste it into your Works Cited doc.

  1. Start another Google Doc and title it Notes for _____.
  2. Find your five questions about your topic and put them on your notes sheet to organize your notes.
  3. Start reading and note-taking!

  1. Start ANOTHER Google doc. Title it ________ (your topic).
  2. Your first paragraph or two should show “your topic in action.” If your topic is diabetes, for example, you might show us what goes on inside the body of someone with diabetes and how the insulin goes to work. Or you might show a day in the life of a diabetic person, and all the things they have to be aware of.
  3. The rest of your paper should be organized by your questions. Use each one as a “section” of your paper. When you’re finished, we’ll take out the questions, and be left with a well-organized paper.


Monday, 12/5: SAWs for Homies, Copy homework, SRI

SAWs for Homies. I made one of the SAWs a regular vocab word, so we only have four regular SAWs this week.

“Homies Warm Up, 12/5 – SAWs.”
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. This word literally means “between come thing.”
  6. This word can also mean to stop temporarily.
  7. This word literally means “under hang.”
  8. This word literally means “across to send.”


Copy homework into assignment book.

Get a Chromebook. Log in. Open Chrome. Come here to


Click the blue RI icon on the lower left. Follow the directions. Make a note of your score. The last time we did this was 9/6. You should have written your number down back then. Compare!

If you finish early, start your definitions.

Wednesday, 11/30: Husker Du, Vocabulary, More!

“Farewell Alyce, 11/30.”

  1. This book was a sort of a quest story. What was Alyce looking for?
  2. What do you think the main theme of the book is?

“Husker Du Transitions? 11/30”

  1. Jackie studies all the time; _____, Billy never studies.
  2. I would like to read many books; ____, I don’t seem to have enough time to read.
  3. John ate and ate; _____, he never gained weight. 
  4. Joe ate too fast. _______, he had indigestion. 
  5. I know Pedro quite well. _____, Pedro happens to be my best friend.

“Vocabulary 11/30.”
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  1. _____  (Looking for ONE answer!)
  2. _____  (Not reluctant.)
  3. _____  (Remember, it’s a joke.)
  4. “Alyce, although able to ease a willing baby into the world, had no idea how to encourage a _____ one.”
  5. Only the very ______ people in Alyce’s day were able to afford to eat eel pie.
  6. Mr. Coward _____(ed) 6th Period for their behavior with the guest teacher. A seven? Really?
  7. After the drought, the land looked ______.
  8. “I am but a poor woman with this wretched inn and a blind man to care for. I am sure God does not ____ me my little economies.”
  9. “Are you demon or redheaded _____?” Alyce called down into the pit.
  10. Some people in this class have such a _____ of points that they could skip a test, take a zero, and still have an A.
  11. Jennet was upset that Alyce was leaving, and “she ______(ed) and moped…and finally offered Alyce a penny every now and then if she would stay.”
  12. The merchant’s attendants were described as being “_____ and none too bright looking.”
  13. *** _____ to my instructions on the test, he wrote the letter, not the answer.


“Research Topic, 11/30.” Please write your SPECIFIC research topic in the form of 5 questions. Please make sure these questions are not the kind that can be answered in a sentence or two. These should reflect what you want to know and what you’re going to explain to us.


If time… Paradoxes (Thanks to Wikipedia!)

“Is the answer to this question no?”


Exception paradox: if every rule has an exception, then there must be an exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.
Variation: The only rule is that there are no rules.

“Practice moderation in all things. Including moderation.”


“A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury

  • “I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
  • “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.”

Pick one of the quotes and explain to the person next to you what you think he means.