Friday, 9/22: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #5

Prep sheet for Test #5:
KBARR: _____/40       Vocabulary Homework: ___/20
Vocab:   9-19:___/12    9-20:___/13    9-21:___/11
Other Extra Credit: +? for FROs, +3 for Per. 3 for Vocab Relay, +1 for all other classes for Vocab Relay, +1 each for extra combined sentences.

Mental Floss.

  1. Explain how I do it: “In my bedroom, the nearest lamp that I  usually keep turned on is 12 feet away from my bed. Alone in the room, without using wires, strings, or any other aids or contraptions, I can turn out the light on that lamp and get into bed before the room is dark.”
  2. What are the elusive characters; missing two letters or numbers? (In other words, what letters go into the blanks? The answer is NOT R and E.)
    W  A  T  E  ___ M  ___  L  O  N
  3. 1961 was a special year (besides the fact that Mr. Coward was born then). In fact, the next time a year will be this special will be the year 6009. What is so special about those two years?
  4. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
  5. 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) Horace tries in school to be a very good boy.
    • b) People who drive too fast are likely to be arrested.
    • c) For the Halloween party, John came looking like a radish.
  6. When does 1+1+1=1?

Test #5

Doodle Theme: Music.

Thursday, 9/21: Vocab + Relay, Sentence Combining, FROs, Outsiders

Tomorrow’s Test: Vocab, FROs, Outsiders, Husker Du, maybe Sentence Combining.

“Vocab, 9/21.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. humble : vain :: nonchalant : _____
  5. Life is made up of thousands of ____ decisions every day, but some are more important than others.
  6. If you ____ (ed) CPK last night, it benefited the band program.
  7. I did not want to be ___(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  8. Buck Merrill sometimes sold _____ alcohol.  (It was called bootlegging.)
  9. A spy must use ____(ion) and not go blabbing secrets around.
  10. I finally had to poke him to ____ any response at all!
  11. Johnny and Two-Bit were _____ by what Pony said about Darry being mean.



“Sentence Combining, 9/21.” — Combine each group of short, choppy sentences into one smooth-sounding sentence. You may add, subtract, or change words, but make sure to keep the meaning of all the parts.  You will have to punctuate as appropriate. (Bonus: Write more than one combination!)

  1. a) Then a voice freezes his behavior.   b) The voice is stern.   c) The behavior is disturbing.
  2. a) His teacher appears unamused.   b) His teacher is a woman.   c) She is very quiet.   d) She has karate experience.


“FROs 9/21.” Fix the wrong ones for bonus.

  1. Hide in burrows and beneath rocks.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  2. As I wandered too close to the fire.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  3. With a sword in one hand and a shield in the other.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  4. Herds of fiendish llamas called dooms roam the empty countryside.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  5. Is this a fragment?  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  6. The strange life of the llama.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  7. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on
  8. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.  a) correct sentence  b) fragment  c) run on


Outsiders and Plot. Bonus Lightning Round.  Aloud.

After we are introduced to the characters and their situations in the 1)______, we get to the 2)______, which sets our story in motion. The 3)______ is usually the longest part of the story and full of ups and downs. This is where we build up the anticipation for the 4)_____ of the story, which is the highest point of the action in the story and steers us toward our 5) ______ and finally to the “and they all lived happily ever after” of the 6) ______.

Wednesday, Vocab, FROs, Outsiders

Checking SMYKs.

I. “Vocab 9/20.” * = SAW.

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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. Which pair of homophones? ______ and ______. (Yes, the order matters.)
  5. “You’re so ____. You probably think this song is about you.”
  6. Every time Dr. Pavlov rang a bell, he _____(ed) a response from the dog, who thought he was going to be fed.
  7. S.E. Hinton has said that she didn’t have the ____ to be a teacher. Worrying about the kids’ problems wore her out.
  8. It was very (in)____ to cheat on a test and then brag.
  9. The root of this word means “to struggle against.”  ______
  10. I am never going to ____ that store again after they were so rude to me.
  11. * (3) Our _____ consisted of four _____(s). The ____ showed this was the best way to do it.



II. “Sentence Combining, 9/20.” — Combine each group of short, choppy sentences into one smooth-sounding sentence. You may add, subtract, or change words, but make sure to keep the meaning of all the parts.  You will have to punctuate as appropriate. (Bonus: Write more than one combination!)
1.  a) Chuckie bounces wildly in his desk.   b) He is the class clown.   c) He clucks like a chicken.

2.  a) His fingers make sounds.   b) The sounds are scratching.   c) They claw the desktop.   d) The desktop is battered.



III. “FROs, 9/20.”  CS = Correct Sentence.  F = Fragment.  RO = Run on.

  1. There are shells all over the beach, let’s collect some!
  2. The chuck wagon, a rolling kitchen on wheels.
  3. The word chuck means “food” or “grub,” and that is what they served.
  4. Laughing at the comedian’s act, Jimmy fell off his chair.
  5. The cook was one of the most important persons on the trail, and he was highly paid.
  6. Looking after saddles was also one of the cook’s jobs.
  7. Explained the rules of the game and demonstrated it.
  8. I love that story; I have read it three times.
  9. Over the hills and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.
  10. True/False: One of the ways to fix a run-on is with a conjunction such as and or but


IV. Outsiders and Plot.

Oral – Not Written. Talk them over with your group. When you think everybody in your group has all the answers correct, raise your hands. I will choose whom to call in the group.

  1. The fact that Johnny is getting more out of the book they’re reading than Pony, even though Pony is the “smart” one, is an example of irony.  a) True  b) False
  2. The real message of  “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is that bad things always happen.  a) True  b) False
  3. Which quote best relates to “Richard Cory”?  a) “I was wrong.”  b) “…some of us watch the sunset too.”  c) “I can’t stand fights.”  d) “Things are rough all over.”  e) “I know better now.”
  4. The part where Nemo gets taken by the divers.  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  5. The part where Marlin and Nemo are reunited and Nemo saves Dory.   a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution
  6. All the things that happen while Marlin is looking for Nemo. _____.  a) exposition  b) inciting incident  c) rising action  d) climax  e) falling action  f) resolution

Outsiders aloud.

Tuesday, 9/19: Vocab, FROs, Outsiders

Checking SMYKs.

Bonus: Homophones:
Spell all three correctly for +3!


“Vocab, 9/19.” * = current SAW.


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. buy : sell :: boycott : ____
  5. legitimate : illicit :: combined : ____
  6. The teacher tried to ____ the correct response from the students by giving hints.
  7. This word literally means “discovered speechless.” ______
  8. I did not want to be ___(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  9. I was _____ to tell the teacher about the cheating I saw, because the person was my friend.
  10. * (3) Could you please ____ the source where you found the _____ that you used for your _____?


FROs! Fragments and Run Ons.

What’s wrong with this?

Why is this ironic and funny?

What does a sentence have to have?
What is a sentence fragment? How could we fix it?
What is a run-on? How could we fix it?

“FRO Practice I, 9/21.”  (7p) Write CS, F, or RO for each word group. How could we fix the FROs?

  1. Laughing at the comedian’s act.
  2. Chief Wiggum, the doughnut-eater and chief cop.
  3. Up the mountain we hiked.
  4. The wagon was loaded with food it was pulled by two teams of horses.
  5. There are shells all over the beach let’s collect some!
  6. On his back, the bug wriggled his little legs.
  7. Into the hole fell he.
  8. I love that story; I have read it three times.




  1. Write a sentence about “Richard Cory” that begins with the word although.
  2. On p34-35, Cherry said something to Pony that relates well to the meaning of the poem “Richard Cory.” What did she say to Pony? (Two quotes possible.)

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”

  • What “gold” has Ponyboy lost? Soda?  Darry?


Outsiders aloud.


Friday, 9/15: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #4

Prep Sheet for Test #4:
KBARR: ___/35         Vocabulary Homework: ___/20
NVA: ___/9  ___/9 ___/9    Vocab Practices: ___/13  ___/12  ___/12
Other Extra Credit:  Period 3 gets +3 for winning Vocab Relay. Period 2 gets +1 for finishing under a minute.



Mental Floss.

  1. Sue is both the 50th best and the 50th worst student at her school. How many students attend her school? (Not a trick, just math.)
  2. You have six sticks that are vertical on the floor like this:
    |  |  |  |  |  |
    Add five more sticks to make nine.
  3. An archaeologist uncovers an ancient tomb, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.  Two, unclothed, long-dead bodies are found in the tomb.  One is an adult male, the other an adult female.  Both bodies are perfectly preserved, although dry and leathery with age.  The archaeologist takes one look and exclaims: “It’s a miracle! I have found Adam and Eve.”  How did the archaeologist know this at a glance?
  4. Here is a question on international law: If an international airliner crashed exactly on the U.S.-Mexico border, where would they be required to bury the survivors?
  5. Removing an appendix is called an appendectomy, removing tonsils is called a tonsillectomy. What is it called when they remove a growth from your head? (haha)
  6. What is the next thing in this sequence. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ____.  See if you can fill in the blank correctly.

Test #4.

Doodle Theme: FUN!

Thursday, 9/14: NVA, Vocab + Relay, Plot, Outsiders

Tomorrow’s Test: NVA, Vocab (inc. SAWs), Plot (open notebook), Outsiders.

“NVA, 9/14.” (9 to find.)

For a brief moment, Jimmy stupidly thought he could fly like a graceful bird across the blue sky.


“Vocab, 9/14.” * = SAW.
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. fear : panic :: ask : _____
  5. Johnny persisted ____(ly) in asking about his parents.
  6. My parents were a little _____ about the crowd I was hanging out with.
  7. A good attitude is very ____ to doing well in school.
  8. “You’re hungry?” he said _____(ly), “I’m the one who hasn’t eaten all day!”
  9. A savvy person is usually more ____ than a credulous one.
  10. The jury voted to ______ because there wasn’t enough evidence to find him guilty.
  11. The students ____(ed) the teacher to go easy on them. “Please?” they begged.

  12. * The Outsiders is told from Ponyboy’s _____. It would probably be quite a different story if it were told by Johnny.


Vocabulary Relay! Can anybody beat First Period???

The Outsiders.

PLOT. Copy into your notebook!


What would the inciting incident be in… Hatchet? Finding Nemo?  Lion King? Frozen?

  1. The 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) is usually given to us during the ______ of the story.
  2. “And they lived happily ever after,” would be the _____ of a fairy tale.
  3. The scene in the novel where Pony tells Cherry (and us) about Johnny getting jumped is in the ______ of the story…
  4. …and it also illustrates main ____ of the story.
  5. Johnny stabbing Bob would be the _______ of the story.
  6. We are now in the _____ of the story.

As we correct, write the answers on the diagram. You may use this cheat sheet on the test tomorrow.