Wednesday, 11/14: Plagiarism, “TFM,” Sneetches, Monsters?

Notice: Vocab Review has been cancelled.

“Plagiarism, 11/14.” Write True or False for each statement. Collaborative.

  1. Using information from the Internet without properly documenting the source is not only cheating, it is illegal and is the same as stealing.
  2.  Copying anything from the Internet and using it as my own work is considered plagiarism.
  3. If someone said something in a lecture or on TV or in an interview I did, I don’t have to cite it because it is not written.
  4. If I download something from the Internet and change some words and phrases, I can use that information as my own for class assignments.
  5.  I can quote passages from papers I find on the Internet for my class assignments if I properly cite where I found the information.
  6. A friend offers to let you read his paper in order to get some ideas, and tells you to use any parts of the paper you find useful. You incorporate one of his paragraphs into your paper, and you are careful to include all of the citations from his paper in your footnotes, so that the reader will be able to find the original source of the information. This is not plagiarism.
  7. A student finds a picture on the web that perfectly illustrates a point she wants to make in her paper. She downloads the picture, but does not use the website’s explanation; in addition, she writes her own caption for the picture. Since the explanation and caption are her own, she does not include a citation for the picture. This is plagiarism.
  8. In your paper on genetics, you note that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. You didn’t know this before you researched, but decide not to provide a citation for this information, since all biology textbooks contain this information. You did the right thing.
  9. The proverb “The early bird catches the worm” seems particularly appropriate to the subject of your paper, so you decide to quote it. You need to find a book of proverbs so that you can provide a citation.

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Checking RBC 368-369

“RBC Public Notice, 11/14.” Write the answer NOT the letter. (10p)  Collaborative.

  1. There are classes for kids of all ages under 18.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  2. You have to be able to swim to sign up for the swim classes. a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  3. Which class would it probably be smart to sign up early for?
  4. Why?
  5. You have to have your own cleats and shin guards to sign up for soccer.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  6. You have to have your own musical instrument to be in the jazz band.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  7. You have to be able to speak English to participate in the activities.  a) True  b) False  c) You can’t tell.
  8. Which of the activities do(es) not say it requires parental permission?  a) soccer  b) swimming  c) band  d) band and soccer  e) They all require parental permission.
  9. (2) What are two things you could do to find more info about the classes?


“The Flying Machine, 11/14.” (8)  OK to write the CAPITAL letter. Collaborative.

  1. The mechanical garden that the Emperor “dreamt to being” represents…  a) how the Emperor is as skillful in his own way as the flying man.  b) the fragility and beauty of the Emperor’s kingdom.  c) how China must look from the sky.  d) all of the above.  e)  NOTA
  2. The Emperor has the Flying One killed because… a) he thinks he will drops stones on the Great Wall.  b) he thinks that the man has an evil heart. c) he fears that someone will use the man’s invention for evil. d) he is jealous of his inventiveness.  e) none of the above.
  3. On page 247, when the Emperor says that it is “well for her” that the Flying One’s wife is asleep, what does he mean?  a) She won’t have to see her husband killed  b) She won’t be mad at the Emperor.  c) It won’t hurt when he has her killed  d) She will get a large settlement.  e) NOTA
  4. The Emperor is really afraid of… a) inventiveness.  b) the future.  c) the Flying One.  d) flying machines.  e) NOTA
  5. Which of the following groups of words best describe the theme of the story? a) Strength, pain, joy. b) Foolishness, anger, endurance. c) Communication, friendship, honesty. d) Fear, frustration, bewilderment.
  6. “…The Flying One enters, proud of his feat, proud of his equipments, which he brandishes…”  (p246) The word brandishes as it is used here, most nearly means…  a) drops.  b) shows off.  c) tosses away.  d) puts away.   e) points with.
  7. “The unmarked grave is dug where Time, some little while, must sleep to wake again some other year.” (p251) The Emperor is speaking metaphorically, and most likely means…
  8. There are several places where the author foreshadows that the Emperor is worried about the Flying One’s feat. Quote one from page 246 or before.


What makes people treat others differently? Is there a rule we can apply to determine when it is okay to treat others differently and when it is not? Intelligence? Looks? Talents? Morals? Friendliness?


The Sneetches

(Starts @:47.)

  1. What word best describes the attitude of the Star-Belly Sneetches toward the Plain- Belly Sneetches at the beginning of the story?
  2. What food did the Star Belly Sneetches have at their beach parties?
  3. What was Mr. McBean’s middle name?
  4. Before McBean arrives, how is Sneetch society set up?
  5. “if they should meet one, while they were out walking they’d saunter right by without even ______.”
  6. “They had stars upon thars!” What does the word “thars” mean?
  7. Why does Dr. Seuss use the word “eaches” in this poem?
  8. Why are the Sneetches such a good target for McBean?
  9. What lesson do the Sneetches finally learn?



“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” p415.

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, 11/13: Homework, Plagiarism, The Flying Machine

Copy homework into planner. Yes, you read that correctly; one sentence per night.

Plagiarism or Not?  (1-3)

“Vocab Review, 11/13.”
a) adversary  b) aplomb  c) banish  d) grueling  e) perceive  f) disdain  g) dispel   h) engross   i) diminish  j) exhilarate

  1. She speaks French and German with equal ______.
  2. She has a great _____ for companies that mistreat their workers and refuses to buy their products.
  3. The root origins of this word meant “curse and proclamation.” ________
  4. One of the themes of The Outsiders is that what you ______ is not necessarily what the reality is.
  5. The root origin of this word meant “turned against.”  ________
  6. Which word best captures the Soc’s attitude toward the greasers?  _______
  7. confused : savvy :: bored : ______(ed)  (2)

Debrief Test #12.  Yay!

What does it mean to say that “the end justifies the means”? Do you agree?

The Flying Machine” by Ray Bradbury



Friday, 11/9: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #12

You know where the Perfect Papers go!

Prep sheet for Test #12:
KBARR: ___/15  Transitions: ___/6  ___/6  9/6   Vocabulary: ___13   ___/13  ___11
Other Extra Credit: SAWs?       Cerro San Luis?      Vocab Relay?     Husker Du?


Mental Floss.

  1. From what can you take away the whole, and still have some left?
  2. I am more microscopic than microscopic; I am more minuscule than minuscule. I am smaller than small and I am tinier than tiny. Yet surprisingly, I am still big. What am I?
  3. Wacky Wordy. What 6-word phrase is represented?

  4. Wacky Wordy: (2 words, one hyphenated)
    1. Do Do
    2. Dew Dew
    3. Due Due
  5. If men have two hands, and monkeys have four hands, what has three hands?
  6. A cat had three kittens: Mopsy, Topsy, and Spot. What was the mother’s name. Remember to please capitalize the name of the momma kitty when you write.
  7. What do these three things have in common? Corn, Weasel, Balloon


Test #12!

Doodle Theme: Wacky Invention.

Have a great 3-day weekend.


Thursday, 11/8: Transitions, Vocab + Relay, Perfect Live, Time and Punishment, Flying Machine?

Tomorrow’s Test: Transitions, Vocab, ASoT, HUSKER DU?
Perfect paper is due tomorrow! No KBARR tonight.

“Husker Du, 11/8.”


  1. Up, up, and away flew my beautiful llama.  a) Fragment  b) Run on   c) Correct Sentence.
  2. _______ are not allowed…    a) students’   b) students  c) student’s  d)  NOTA
  3. …in the _______ lounge.  a) teacher’s  b) teachers’  c) teachers’s  d) teachers  e) NOTA
  4. The upstairs library is a great place to quietly study.  Adjectives?  a) upstairs  b) great, quietly  c) upstairs, great, quietly  d) upstairs, great  e) NOTA
  5. it: a) first person b) second person c) third person  d) fourth person


“Transitions, 11/8.”  Pick 3 of the transitions below and correctly use each in a sentence about something we have read this year. * = bonus credit for proper use.      meanwhile, *furthermore, although, *in fact, until then, consequently, in contrast, *nevertheless, however, for example, as a result, because

“Vocabulary, 11/8.”

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____
  6. Parents, please don’t ____ a teacher’s July and August time off; it’s for your child’s own safety! (haha)
  7. subside : ebb :: engrossed : _____
  8. Some people in this class have such a _____ of points that they could skip a test, take a zero, and still have an A.
  9. “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.”
  10. “In this brief fraction of a moment, they take the first step toward performing a _____ that changes people from a group into a mob.”
  11. Always eating chicken before a baseball game is a good example of an idiosyncrasy.  a) True  b) False


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 colloquial language.
  2. True/False? Always eating chicken before a baseball game is a good example of an idiosyncrasy.
  3. True/False?  The words surfeit and abundance are similar in meaning.
  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? At the end of The Midwife’s Apprentice, Alyce is optimistic.
  11. True/False?  Dally was a pessimistic person.
  12. True/False?  The birth of a two-headed cow would be a phenomenon.
  13. True/False?  When you are begrudging, you are enthusiastic.

“Time and Punishment.” D’oh!

Time? Begin “The Flying Machine.”

Wednesday, 11/7/: Transitions, Vocab, ASoT, Perfect?

“Transitions, 11/7.” Do not use a transition more than once.  meanwhile, furthermore, although, in fact, until then, consequently, in contrast, nevertheless, however, for example, as a result, because

  1. I know Pedro quite well. _____, Pedro happens to be my best friend.
  2. John ate and ate. _____, he never gained weight.
  3. I would like to read many books; ______, I don’t seem to have enough time to read.
  4. _____ I was concentrating on my homework, I forgot about the soup, and it boiled over.
  5. You can set the table. _____, I will start making dinner.
  6. There were also some very small dinosaurs. ____, the compsognathus was only slightly larger than a chicken.


“Vocabulary, 11/7.”
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  1. _____
  2. (2) _____ and ______
  3. _____
  4. “Quick, Bartlett! ______ them with hope!”
  5. “It’s times like these we really need to roll up our sleeves, rally together, and find a _____.”
  6. Everybody has _______(s) that other people might find weird.
  7. Patience with the ways of nature had been ____(ed) in her by her park ranger father.
  8. The prefix of this word means across or through: _____
  9. “S’up?” is an example of  _______ language.
  10. There was a _____ of volunteers to help with the party. With so many people, the preparations were finished quickly.
  11. In professional sports, the coach is often the _____for a team’s bad performance, even if it isn’t always his fault.
  12. ** When people are {____(ed)} from their homes, they must _____. (Previous SAW + Current SAW.)


PERFECT LIVE? Volunteers?

“A Sound of Thunder.”

What three things could the phrase “a sound of thunder” represent?
What is the real theme of the story?



“Time and Punishment”??! (Tomorrow…)

Tuesday, 11/6: Transitions, Vocabulary, ASoT, Practice Perfects?

“Transitions, 11/6.”  Directions:  Use a transition only once. Read each sentence carefully so that you can choose an appropriate transition. You won’t use them all.
for example, finally, but, so, still, beyond, nevertheless, to the left, inside, secondly, until, as a result, in fact

  1. I would like to see you tomorrow, ____ let’s have lunch together.
  2. My sister loves to eat, ____ I don’t care much about food.
  3. When you begin an exercise program, you must be careful not to overdo it. My father, _____, hurt his back by exercising too hard without warming up first.
  4. She had looked everywhere for a job, and was having no luck; _____ she was called for an interview.
  5. She had been studying for hours. _____, she hoped to do well on the test.
  6. The building is guarded 24/7, _______ robberies still occasionally occur.


“Vocabulary, 11/6.” (13)

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. “If there are no other ideas, then it’s agreed we blame the media.” _____
  4. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  5. The hill with the M on it is known _____(ly) as Madonna Mountain, but its real name is… (Bonus: en Espanol.)
  6. Mr. Calandro is trying to _____ a sense of kindness in the students of Laguna.
  7. The replays of the rescue ____ TV watchers all over the country.
  8. The _____ of two full moons in one month is called a blue moon.
  9. The root of this word means “shape.”   ______
  10. He didn’t think the judgement was fair, so he only paid the money ______(ingly).
  11. At the end of the book, Alyce had gone from someone with no place in the world to someone that had a _____ of places to choose from.
  12. True or False? Always taking the same route to school is a good example of an idiosyncrasy. 
  13. * She has several positive ______(s) that make her a good fit for the job.



Volunteers for Live Perfect Paper Grading?



Mobius Strip Tricks Part 2!

A paradox is…

The law of a certain land states that all who wish to enter through the city gates are asked to state their business. Those who reply truthfully (the guards can tell) are allowed to enter and depart in peace, but those who reply falsely are hanged. A traveler approaches the gate, and when asked his business, he replies, “I have come to be hanged.” What should happen to this traveler?

“A Sound of Thunder.”

Look for/Think about: What things might the phrase “a sound of thunder” represent?

Monday, 11/5: Homework, SAWs, Debrief Test #11, Paradoxes, ASoT

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 11/5.”
attribute (verb) to attach, to associate
attribute (noun) a quality or feature
(in someone’s) interest (idiom) helpful to someone; for the benefit of someone (adjective)
relocate (verb) to move to a new place
project (verb) to predict; to estimate a future amount or direction
statistics (noun) numerical information
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. After her dad got a new job, the family had to ______ to Texas.
  5. It’s ______ to study for the test because it’s your grade not mine.
  6. He has many fine _____(s) such as diligence and kindness.
  7. San Luis Coastal district has _____(ed) that they will lose money when Diablo closes.
  8. People use ____ to try to prove many things, but numbers can sometimes lie.
  9. The successful woman ___(ed) her success to listening to her middle school English teacher.


Debrief Test #11. Really?!


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.”


Think of all the paradoxes created by time travel!!

You can actually see backwards in time any day or night. You don’t need any sort of contraption either.  Try to guess how.  Any semi-reasonable, complete-sentence answer gets credit. Go.


“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.


Read aloud