Tuesday, 1/26 (Periods 1,2,3) – Wednesday, 1/27 (Periods 5,6)

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Check in in chat: PRIVATE: Type your best two SMYK’s. NOT SAW OR ICONIC!

Test #10 is Thursday, 1/28 for Periods 1,2,3 and Friday, 1/29 for Periods 5,6. Preview will go up Wednesday afternoon. The test will cover: “Old Glory,” “The Forecast,” euphemisms, vocab, and Maus.

You should have KBARRed yesterday.

“Vocab, 1/26 (1/27)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. Abby is a _____ form of Abigail.
  5. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are _____ figures in American history.
  6. She faced a _____ about turning in her friend for cheating.
  7. The villagers sacrificed a >_____< to try to _____ their angry god. (>___< = Previous vocab word = bonus.)
  8. The amount of work required in an Honors class can be quite _____.
  9. The dream was so ____ that I fell out of bed trying to fly.
  10. inspiring : daunting :: stable : ______
  11. skinflint : benevolent :: ______ : easy
  12. (2) Mr. Scrooge (“Bah, Humbug”) is the ____  _____.

What’s the difference between Pluto and Goofy?

New Vocab Word: anthropomorphic – human shaped.  (anthro = human, morph = shape)
Variation: anthropomorphism – the tendency to give human traits to other animals.

Example: Art Spiegelman uses anthropomorphic cats and mice to represent the Nazis and the Jews.

Maus by Art Spiegelman. Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1992. It took him 13 years; 8 years for Part I.


Read the first two pages:

IN CHAT (PRIVATE): Translate his father’s last sentence into a normal English sentence.  What does he mean?


  • Art, aka Artie, aka Art Spiegelman: The author, Vladek’s son
  • Mala: Vladek’s current wife. Also a survivor like Vladek. She married Vladek after Anja died.
  • Anja (Zylberberg) Spiegelman: Artie’s mom, Vladek’s first wife and true love. Survived the war like Vladek, but committed suicide when Artie was 20 something.
  • Lucia Greenberg: An old girlfriend of Vladek’s from before the war.
  • The Zylberbergs: Anja’s parents. Rich before the war.

Read aloud drama stylie!


Friday, 1/22 (Periods 1,2,3) – Monday, 1/25 (Periods 5,6)

ZoomaZoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/6580428380?pwd=SCs3NDRHcUJIbWE1SXdQVUdKUGpZdz09

Slides link for Homies (1/25): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OUohfNiBn0sMUxOE7K5bS72yUp_fgBcvOjli4VyuDqM/edit?usp=sharing

Check-in in Chat: PRIVATE!

  1. What did you predict was in Gran-Da’s bag?
  2. What does the word anti-Semitism mean? (NO GOOGLE! YOU SHOULD KNOW IT FROM THE NEWSELA ARTICLE!)



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SGI FRIDAY, 1/22 (Periods 1,2,3) – MONDAY, 1/25 (Periods 5,6): NEWSELA PART 2:


Show me your defns!

“Vocab, 1/22 (1/25)”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. forgettable : iconic :: emotional : _______
  6. She has high ______(ations). She wants to rule the world.
  7. huge : diminutive :: inspiring : ______
  8. The root of this word means “life.” _____
  9. Reading Shakespeare for the first time can be rather ______.
  10. (2) They tried to ______ the angry and _____ mob by telling them their concerns would be addressed.
  11. “Dig and be dug in return” is Langston Hughes’s version of the old ____ about treating others how you want to be treated.
  12. Fifth Period tried to ____ Mr. Coward’s anger with cookies.


Finish “Old Glory.”

“Old Glory” Document.

“Old Glory” Questions. Answer in chat. PRIVATELY! You also might want to write the answers down in your notebook, because I will be rerunning them on the Test next wee!

  1. On the surface, who are we initially supposed to think is the protagonist (hero) of the story? If we dig deeper, who is REALLY the protagonist?
  2. Conflict #1: ____ v _____  Conflict #2: ____ v _____
  3. What right did the SOS law take away?
  4. Why did Donald turn Grand-Da in? (Hint: Look at the title of his essay.)
  5. Explain the last line: “What kind of world would that be?” (Use a previous vocab word!)
  6. What do you think the main message of the story is?


“The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury. Link to the story: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TaPn0LSTg-O-DyGGnB4hh8iojUf8KpDk/view?usp=sharing

  1. How are “The Forecast” and “The Pedestrian” connected in meaning?
  2. Which character/person doesn’t belong with the others?  Why?  a) Mr. Mead  b) Gran-Da  c) Ponyboy  d) Donald  e) Emily Dickinson’s narrators


Wednesday, 1/20 (Periods 1,2,3) – Thursday, 1/21 (Periods 5,6)


Welcome to the Second Semester! (And a fresh start!)

ZoomaZoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/6580428380?pwd=SCs3NDRHcUJIbWE1SXdQVUdKUGpZdz09

Check in in Chat (PUBLIC): What did you do for FUN this past weekend?

Book Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-z1TnaaSYPvx4v0T9K-_CjIUE4Zkb_oT8LmZmRlM3mvdWZQ/viewform

Homework for the “Week.”  Only Vocab and the NEWSELA article.  KBARR resumes Monday, 1/25.

Euphemism (noun – U FEM ISM): 
A “nice” way of saying something  unpleasant.
The prefix eu- means “good.” Example: “passed on” = died, “put to sleep” = killed

IN CHAT (PRIVATE): What do you think these euphemisms mean?

  1. visually disabled =
  2. solid waste =
  3. governmental revenue ($) enhancement
  4. encore telecast
  5. economically disadvantaged =
  6. undocumented transborder migrant =
  7. vertically challenged =
  8. intentionally inaccurate statement  =
  9. friendly fire =

IN CHAT (PUBLIC) – Why would we use euphemisms? 

The Forecast. by Dan Jaffe

Perhaps our age has driven us indoors.
We sprawl in the semi-darkness, dreaming sometimes
Of a vague world spinning in the wind.
But we have snapped our locks, pulled down our shades,
Taken all precautions. We shall not be disturbed.
If the earth shakes, it will be on a screen;
And if the prairie wind spills down our streets
And covers us with leaves, the weatherman will tell us.


In Chat (PUBLIC):

  1. The word forecast in the poem refers to the weatherman’s forecast, but it also adds another meaning for the poem. What else is the poem forecasting?
  2. This poem was written in the 1960’s! How does it relate to our world?

Everyone talks about the Freedom of Speech and the “1st Amendment.”  Why is the sixth one especially important too?
The Sixth Amendment establishes a number of rights of the defendant in a criminal trial:

to a speedy and public trial
to trial by an impartial jury
to be informed of criminal charges
to confront witnesses
to compel witnesses to appear in court
to assistance of counsel[109]

“Old Glory”

The average Londoner (before COVID) was caught of surveillance cams 300 times per day!

IN CHAT (PUBLIC): Is that ok?



What is “Old Glory” a nickname for? What is Uncle Sam the nickname for?

Read aloud together.

“Old Glory” Document.

What would a “Civic Responsibility” class be all about? Note the title and date!





Thursday, 1/14 (Periods 5,6) – Friday, 1/15 (Periods 1,2,3)

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Last Day of the Semester! No SGI today; no point!

Send your KBARR chart TODAY as soon as you do your reading!



We will be starting a new book next semester, and you need a copy. Follow the link to sign up and then come get your copy!

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SCORES in CHAT: Just Vocab: ___/15, ___/15,  ___/13

Mental Floss. Respond PRIVATELY in chat!

  1. Shmartiopolis was bragging to his friends that he was such an excellent darts player, he could hit the dartboard in any location at any time. “I’ll bet a hundred dollars that, no matter what position you name on the board, I’ll be able to hit it from 10 feet away.” Maddy, tired of Shmartiopolis’s bragging, shouted out an answer and won the bet. Where on the dartboard did Maddy suggest? 
  2. Wacky Wordies:  a)  b) 22Day
  3. What 8-letter word uses the letter “g” four times?
  4. A tennis player is ranked number 200. He moved up 87, went down 28, and went up 117 places. What is he ranked?
  5. A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl with the unusual name of Pibbles. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Pibbles seven apples. Why?
  6. Use the clues below to figure out the missing four words to complete the old expression:
    Baby = Slept peacefully.  Child = Slept well.   Woman = Slept restlessly.   Man = Slept peacefully.
    —>The man ___  ___  ___  ___.



TEST 9 – Period 5

TEST 9 – Period 6

TEST 9 – Period 1

TEST 9 – Period 2

TEST 9 – Period 3


Here are the Emily Dickinson poems again for reference.

Much Madness is divinest Sense–
To a discerning Eye–
Much Sense–the starkest Madness–
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail–
Assent–and you are sane–
Demur–you’re straightway dangerous–
And handled with a Chain–
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you–Nobody–too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d banish us–you know!How dreary–to be–Somebody!
How public–like a Frog–
To tell your name–the livelong June–
To an admiring Bog!
If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain.
Fame is a bee
It has a song–
It has a sting–
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Tuesday, 1/12 (Periods 5,6) – Wednesday, 1/13 (Periods 1,2,3)

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Check in in Chat (Public!).   “It takes two parents to produce a child,  but it takes an entire village to raise the child.” -African Proverb

  1. What do you think it means? (Hint: Remember that poem about Little Julie?)
  2. Do you agree? WHY OR WHY NOT?

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: We will be starting a new book next week, and you need a copy. Follow the link to sign up and then come get your copy! ALSO, on the same trip, PLEASE RETURN YOUR OUTSIDERS BOOK!

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SGI: Tuesday, 1/12 and Wednesday, 1/13: Please come to SGI if you had to retake any of the last few test. We will work on tips for Test #9.

Test #9 is Thursday, 1/14 (Periods 5,6) – Friday, 1/15 (Periods 1,2,3). Here is the Preview Copy: Test0921Preview!

“Vocabulary, 1/12 (1/13).” This is where I will be getting most of the vocab section of the test!

  1. “In this brief fraction of a moment, they take the first step toward performing a _____ that changes people from a group into a mob.”
  2. subsided : ebbed :: engrossed : ______
  3. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  4. “You’re standing here all set to crucify–all set to find a ________–all desperate to point some kind of a finger at a neighbor.”
  5. “Let’s get it all out. Let’s pick out every _______of every man, woman, and child on this street.”
  6. hero : scapegoat :: shortage : ______
  7. optimistic : pessimistic :: formal : _____
  8. True/False? The word scapegoat is based on actual goats.
  9. True/False? In the word instill, the prefix in– means not.
  10. True/False? The word scapegoat can be used as a verb.
  11. True/False? In the word transfixed, the prefix trans– means nailed.
  12. True/False? At the end of The Outsiders, Ponyboy is optimistic about getting out of the ‘hood.
  13. True/False?  Dally was a pessimistic person.
  14. True/False? Johnny Cade had a surfeit of self-confidence.
  15. True/False? The root morph in metamorphosis means change.

“Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes wrote a lot about “Nobodies.” Here are two.



After In Chat:

What do you think Roger will do now? Why?

What would Mrs. Jones probably have to say about the proverb we started with?



If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking  by Emily Dickinson
(in vain means without any point or purpose)

If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain.

IN CHAT:  How is the story related to the poem? Would Mrs. Jones agree?



Preview of Test Questions:

  1. Roger is…  a) a big strong kid. b) just average build.  c) thin but muscular.  d) weak and delicate.  e) fat.   f) NOTA
  2. Why might the boy have told the woman that he would run if she let him go?   a) He was afraid of her.  b) He knew she wouldn’t believe him if he said he wouldn’t.  c) He figured she wouldn’t let him go anyway.  d) All of the above. e) NOTA
  3. Roger probably would have gotten away with Mrs. Jones’ purse if only…  a) he could have run faster.  b) Mrs. Jones had not kicked him.   c) the purse strap hadn’t snapped.   d) he were a little sneakier.   e) NOTA
  4. Roger tried to steal Mrs. Jones’ purse… a) because he was hungry and needed money for food.   b) for the excitement. c) because he wanted a pair of shoes. d) because his family was poor and needed money.   e) a and d.   f) NOTA
  5. (quote) What does Mrs. Jones say Roger could have done to get the money instead of trying to steal her purse?
  6. Why does the boy say his face is dirty? a) He hates to wash.  b) He has nobody to tell him to wash it.  c) He’s been sleeping outside.  d) The water has been shut off at his house.  e) NOTA
  7. Why might Mrs. Jones treat Roger the way she does?  a) Because she’s lonely and needs someone to talk to.  b) She was like him as a kid herself.   c) She realizes that he needs someone to take care of him and teach him a few things. d) She thinks he needs the money.   e) b and c   e) All of the above.
  8. (quote) Why doesn’t Roger run after she turns him loose, or steal her purse when she leaves him alone with it?
  9. How is the story related to the Emily Dickinson poem? a) They’re both about broken hearts.  b) They’re both about a nice person.   c) The story’s author, Langston Hughes, was a poet too.   d) The speaker of the poem wants to do what Mrs. Jones did.  e) Both the poem and the story tell us what we should do with our lives.


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