LA Goals

Photo on 6-6-16 at 2.00 pmPhoto on 6-6-16 at 1.59 pmApproaches to learningReading: By the end of Quarter 2, I need to be reading at least one full book (physical book wise) every week/7 days. The proof will be in my reading log.


Writing: By the end of Quarter 2, I need to substitute simple words with quizlet words. This will be shown by underlined words.Photo on 11-1-16 at 12.24 pm


Q4 Goals:

Reading: By the end of quarter 4 I will be reading for at least 30 minutes every weekday, and for 1 hour on the weekends. The proof of this will be in my planner.

Writing: By the end of quarter 4 I will use more vocabulary from my word wall. This will be shown by bolding words in my writing pieces.


G8 Reading Summative

Some things that I did well: I followed the answer structure properly using opinion, then quote, then so what. I stayed within the text box, following the rules.

What I need to improve on: I need to work faster and not get distracted. I need to understand a deeper meaning in the stories instead of skimming the surface.


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Verbs: Imperative mood

The imperative mood is something that gives a command. This mood is common in English sentences.


Example: Feed the dog!

G8 Writing

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G8 Reading

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I think I did pretty well on my brain frame because I understood what was happening in the book. By creating this brain frame and writing down notes, I was able to see deeper meanings in the book, as I understood all aspects of it. I was successful in putting down what I understood about the plot of my book on paper and showing that I understood what was happening. I was having a tough time writing down all of the literary devices because there were so many, that it stopped my reading flow altogether and didn’t allow me to really get into the book.

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Wonder Words Wall

QuizzlerrtbizmerkQuizletPhoto on 12-5-16 at 10.50 amQuizlet 1 Quizlet 2 Quizlet 3 Quizlet 4 Quizlet 5Strange Hiding Place by Graham Marks

morph – change shape

flitting – move swiftly and lightly

kybosh – put an end to


Public Enemy Number Two by Anthony Horowitz

strutted – walk stiffly

toddled – move with short unsteady steps while learning how to walk


Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Hustle – push roughly

sulking – be silent, morose, and bad-tempered out of annoyance or disappointment.

homicide-  is the act of a human being causing the death of another human being.

cataloging-make a systematic list of (items of the same type).

harem – the wives (or concubines) of a polygamous man.

rumples – give a creased, ruffled, or dishevelled appearance to.

paging – look through the pages of (a book, magazine, etc.).

seethe – (of a person) be filled with intense but unexpressed anger.

precedent- an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances.

preferential-of or involving preference or partiality

ruddy – used as a euphemism for ‘bloody’


Evil Star

conquistadors – a conqueror, especially one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.

blazed – burn fiercely or brightly.

shrivelling – cause to feel worthless or insignificant.

searing – severely critical.

rush mats – a small piece of material made from rushes (plants of the genus Juncus), which is put on the ground or floor for protection, decoration, or comfort

exclusive-restricted to the person, group, or area concerned.

suburb – an outlying district of a city, especially a residential one.



pronged – pierce or stab with a fork.

fruition – the realization or fulfilment of a plan or project.

mutilated – inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on.

surveillance – close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.

glare – stare in an angry or fierce way.

perched – be situated above or on the edge of something.

pyre – a heap of combustible material, especially one for burning a corpse as part of a funeral ceremony.

phalanx – a body of troops or police officers standing or moving in close formation.


Running Wild

starling – a gregarious Old World songbird with a straight bill, typically with dark lustrous or iridescent plumage but sometimes brightly coloured.

monotonous – dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.

telegraph – a system for transmitting messages from a distance along a wire, especially one creating signals by making and breaking an electrical connection.

irksome – irritating; annoying.

enthralled – capture the fascinated attention of.

kinship – a sharing of characteristics or origins.

nonchalantly – coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited

self-deception – he action or practice of allowing oneself to believe that a false or unvalidated feeling, idea, or situation is true.

kerfuffle – a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.

surreptitious – kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of.

gorged – having the neck encircled by a coronet or collar, especially one of a specified tincture.

rut – a habit or pattern of behaviour that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.

kindred – one’s family and relations.

sluices – an act of rinsing or showering with water.

baying – (of a group of people) shout loudly, typically to demand something.

harrying – persistently harass.

cooped – confine in a small space.

boisterous – noisy, energetic, and cheerful.

diminutive – extremely or unusually small.

incongruously – not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.

frogmarched – force (someone) to walk forward by holding and pinning their arms from behind.

malingering – pretend to be ill in order to escape duty or work.

gambolled – run or jump about playfully.

cavorted – jump or dance around excitedly.



ferreting – rummage about in a place or container in search of something

AWOL – absent from where one should be but without intent to desert

triplicate – a thing which is part of a set of three copies or corresponding parts

ebony – a tree of tropical and warm-temperate regions which produces ebony

facile – ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial

inquisition – a period of prolonged and intensive questioning

demeanour – outward behaviour or bearing

nihilistic – rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless

hooch – alcoholic drink, especially inferior or illicit whisky

boeuf – French word for beef, used in the names of various beef dishes

inviolable – never to be broken, infringed, or dishonoured

conspicuous – clearly visible

tithe – pay or give as a tithe

camaraderie – mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together

umber – a brownish moth with colouring that resembles tree bark

manacle – one of two metal bands joined by a chain, for fastening a person’s hands or ankles

formidable – inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable

volatile – (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures

collateral – something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in the event of a default

corrosion – the process of corroding or being corroded

edict – an official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority

impassioned – filled with or showing great emotion

espionage – the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information

resided – have one’s permanent home in a particular place

lax – not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful

cyanotic – he appearance of a blue or purple coloration of the skin or mucous membranes due to the tissues near the skin surface having low oxygen saturation

reprieve – cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, especially someone condemned to death)

disillusionment – a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be

stigmata – a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person

vestments – a chasuble or other robe worn by the clergy or choristers during services

contingency – a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty.


The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau


drab- lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull.

dingy – gloomy and drab.

glints – give out or reflect small flashes of light.

ecstasy – an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.

crimson – of a rich deep red colour inclining to purple.

pungent – having a sharply strong taste or smell

adversity – a difficult or unpleasant situation.

gnarled – knobbly, rough, and twisted, especially with age.

stumped off – when you stomp away when you are angry

jovial – cheerful and friendly.

frazzled – completely exhausted.

stinginess – mean; ungenerous.

gargantuan – enormous.

sprig – a descendant or younger member of a family or social class.

preliminary – preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important.


Liar and Spy

– Seurat: a famous painter


13 reasons why

– serrated: having or denoting a jagged edge; sawlike.

– spindles: straight spike usually made from wood used for spinning, twisting fibers such as wool, flax, hemp, cotton into yarn.

– voyeuristic: An enthusiastic observer of sordid or sensational subjects.


The Adoration of Jenna Fox

– trimester: a period of three months, especially as a division of the duration of pregnancy.

– starburst: a pattern of lines or rays radiating from a central object or source of light.

– nuzzling: a pattern of lines or rays radiating from a central object or source of light.

– nuance: a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.

–  brownstones: brown Triassic-Jurassic sandstone which was once a popular building material. The term is also used in the United States to refer to a townhouse clad in this material.

– pock: a pockmark

– clod: a lump of earth or clay.

– feign: pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury).

– temperament: a person’s or animal’s nature, especially as it permanently affects their behaviour.

– acclimating: respond physiologically or behaviourally to a change in a single environmental factor.

– anise: Plant

– jacaranda: Plant

– waning: (of a state or feeling) decrease in vigour or extent; become weaker.

– oilgning: stare at in a lecherous manner.

– chaparral: vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.



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