Thursday, 9/3/15: Vocabulary (+Relay), Show-not-Tell, Outsiders

Put your slang paragraph into my assistant’s basket.

I will be checking a double-shot of KBARR while you warm up.
Tomorrow’s Test: Vocabulary (duh), Adjectives, Outsiders, Husker Du.

“Warm Up, 9/3/15.” Do not copy. #10 is NOT a vocab word.


  1. _____ (Be prepared to explain why.)
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. It would be ironic if you suddenly decided not to get on a plane, and then the plane crashed.  True / False
  5. It would be ironic for a pilot to be scared of heights.   True / False
  6. laugh : happy :: _______ : hurt
  7. I tried to act cheerful, but it was just a __. I was really depressed inside.
  8. If you make the Scholar List you are a part of the educational _______.
  9. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still ______(ed) me.

  10. The root cred, as in incredulous and incredible, means to _______.
  11. I wonder how Vivian can afford to wear the very latest styles.  List the adjective(s) in that sentence.
  12. A savvy Kal-El  knew just what to do.  Adjective or not? (Bonus Extra Credit: Who is Kal-El?)

Vocabulary Relay! Beat the clock and the other classes!


Next Writing Assignment:

“Don’t tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”
-Samuel Clemens

cool, pretty, fun, scary, weird, ugly
What does each of these things LOOK like?

These are actually opinions, NOT descriptions! (Yes, I know they are technically adjectives.)
What’s “cool” to you could be “gross” to me or your mom!
You need to show us what this looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels like!

Describe in detail what this might LOOK/SOUND like:
Compare two examples

“My Room is Such a Mess” due next Thursday, 9/10.
Show me the most nightmarish room imaginable. I want to feel, see, hear, taste (ewww), smell everything.
350+ words, ink, ndp, title, mess(y), gross, disgusting, dirty, stinky, etc.

Time? The Outsiders

Remember the scene in biology, where Pony pulled out his switchblade? What does Pony’s reaction tell us about how he feels about being a greaser?
What is the difference between an internal and external conflict?

Wednesday, 9/2/15: Adjectives, Vocabulary, Outsiders

I will be checking vocabulary and KBARR while you are warming up.

“Warm Up, 9/2/15.” 1-8: All blanks are vocabulary words. Do not copy. 9-12: Write “adj.” or “not” for the underlined word in the sentence.
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. The Socs are the _____ social class in 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  5. Maybe his cold unfeeling exterior is simply a _____ that hides his true feelings.
  6. Joey _____(ed) at the thought of his brother being a drop-out.
  7. mask : facade :: resource : _____
  8. “Guess what I’ve been in jail for?” asked Dally, grinning ____(ly).

  9. A French chef in New York chisels ice sculptures.   a) adjective  b) not
  10. Machine parts are used to form mechanical structures.   a) adjective  b) not
  11. She is a pretty savvy poker player .   a) adjective  b) not
  12. She has a lot of basketball savvy.  a) adjective  b) not


The Outsiders – Mini Quiz (5)
Which character…

  1. “…gets drunk on just plain living”?
  2. …thinks Ponyboy is a “tag-a-long and a kid”?
  3. “…doesn’t understand anything that isn’t plain, hard fact”?
  4. …kept them “laughing at themselves”?
  5. …likes to “lone it anyway”?


Why do you think Ponyboy capitalizes the word Soc but not the word greaser?

Reading aloud.

Tuesday, 9/1/15: KBARR Check, Vocabulary, Outsiders

I will be checking KBARR while you warm up. Here are some more options for responding: 55 Ways.

“Warm Up, 9/1.” Read #6 and #7 together as one sentence. No need to copy anything; write the appropriate vocabulary word. You may use words more than once. Always be prepared to explain your reasoning.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. ____
  5. At the party, he stood ______(ly) off to the side of the room, quietly watching the festivities.
  6. The paper said that the business man was a(n) ______ to society…
  7. …but _________(ly), he was secretly a gangster.
  8. common : elite :: cowardly : ______
  9. The gentleman _____(ly) opened the door for the ladies.
  10. gain : freedom :: _____ : capture
  11. It would be ironic if a poor hobo spent his last dollar on a lottery ticket, and won.  a) True   b) False


The Outsiders!

What does every story require in order to be a story?


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…