Senior Vocab List #9

Senior Vocabulary List 9 2010-11

Please print and bring with you to class tomorrow. Thanks!


What Did I Miss? (10/21/10)

Eighth period: Here are the directions for your project: COLUMNIST PROJECT .  It will be due on Thursday of next week (10/28).

Pre-AP: Please read p. 3-21 of Fahrenheit 451 tonight.

Seniors: Each class period is in a slightly different place assignment-wise after today. I’ll even things out at the beginning of class tomorrow, and then Dr. Termini will have the stage for the rest of the period.

Columnist Links for JMC Class

If you’d like to start browsing through columns to get a head start on your project, here are some helpful links.

The Plain Dealer’s columnists (note that they are classified by category)

Some nationally-syndicated columnists from various publications/political leanings:

Andrew Sullivan

Ellen Goodman

George F. Will

Joan Walsh

Maureen Dowd

Frank Rich

You can also visit any major newspaper’s website to search for more columnists to read. Here are links to columnist archives for some of the big ones:

The New York Times

The Washington Post

The San Francisco Chronicle

The Chicago Tribune

And I’ll toss in a few magazine columnists, too:

The Nation

The Atlantic


What Did I Miss? 10/18/10

Seniors — Vocab list #8 is available here: Senior Vocab List 8

Pre-AP — Your USAGE QUIZ will officially be this Thursday.

What Did I Miss? 10/14/10

Seniors: Document your random acts of chivalry this weekend! It would be dishonorable not to.

1st, 4th, and 9th period listened to a retelling of The Wife of Bath’s Tale (fear not, 2nd period, you will get to hear it on Monday). Each of you should read your textbook’s excerpt of the WOB Prologue & Tale (starting on p. 161) over the weekend.

Some notes you may wish to bring to class on Monday can be downloaded from this post; however, I must warn you that they contain spoilers. Use your own judgment as to the appropriate time to read them. 🙂  Here they are: The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale Notes

Finally, don’t forget that you’ll take a vocabulary quiz on Monday. Speaking of which, have you noticed that list #7 includes several groups of cognates? You may have an innate knack for spotting such things, or perhaps a nascent ability to do so. Either way, you cannot feign good study habits once the quiz is on the desk in front of you… so if you’ve previously been a degenerate in that department, work on transfiguring your work ethic. Doing so is likely to engender a happier life for you.

Pre-AP: We’re taking a short break from literature to polish up on some grammar and writing skills. Today’s focus was correct usage; we will continue with this for a few more days before taking a test over commonly confused words at the end of next week. I apologize that for copyright reasons I cannot post here the packet I handed out in class today — but I do have copies of it waiting for you in the room if you were not there to get one today.

Students who missed class today for the pond study, here’s what you can do to catch up:

1.) Click on the Grammar Girl Podcast link on the left side of this page.

2.) Click on the “Word Choice” link in the orange banner at the top of the page (directly beneath the “Grammar Girl” heading).

3.) Listen to or read the following episodes: “affect” vs. “effect” (#121) and “a while” vs. “awhile” (unnumbered; this one also covers “already” vs. “all ready” and “all right” vs. “alright”).

4.) Take notes on them in the Writing and Grammar section of your binder (include the rules and any exceptions that are outlined along with an example of each in context).

5.) In the notes mentioned above, jot down the following indisputable truth:

ACCEPT is a verb that means “to take willingly something that is offered or bestowed”,


EXCEPT is usually a preposition that means “not including” or “other than”. It helps some people to think of the letter “x” in the word crossing out the thing not included (or, ahem, EXCluded… see the connection?). It can also be used as a conjunction in certain cases.

4th period (and other) seniors

Here are the rules of chivalry to choose from for the journal assignment I handed out today: chivalry project handout

Instructions for the assignment are also on this handout.

What Did I Miss? 10/12/10

Nearly all make-up tests and quizzes from last week’s mini-plague outbreak are done. If you need to make something up and I have not yet scheduled a time with you, please see me ASAP.

Seniors: Lively discussion today about the Pardoner and his tale. You can download a copy of class notes here (including a few things I added because they were brought up by student questions/observations): The Pardoner’s Tale notes

Pre-AP: Vocab quiz + new vocab. Good luck on the PSAT!

JMC: Don’t forget our virtual field trip is tomorrow from 9:00-9:45 in the LMC. You can read some of the presenter’s work by clicking HERE.

What Did I Miss? 10/11/10

Seniors: Discussion of The Pardoner (those of you who were absent on Friday, don’t forget that you must have your Pardoner’s Tale assignment ready for tomorrow); Vocab quiz; new words for next week’s quiz: SENIOR VOCAB LIST 7.

Pre-AP: Antigone Test. The class voted that Fahrenheit 451 will be our next piece of literature. Due tomorrow: reader’s journal entry in response to the two newspaper articles distributed in class (also available here: Regina Brett 10/10/10; NYTimes 10/3/10). Don’t forget that you have a vocabulary quiz tomorrow, too.

Sunday Afternoon Reminders

Seniors: you have a vocabulary quiz tomorrow AND you need to have read The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale in your textbook. I will collect your responses to p. 160 #s 1-3 and 10-13.

Pre-AP:: Antigone test tomorrow – please bring your yellow book to return.

Middle Ages/General Prologue Study Sheet

This amends the notes  seniors were given in class today: MIDDLE AGES quiz study sheet

I hope it’s helpful. Happy studying!