August/September Warm-Ups August 24, 2009 • About My School: • Dialect/sayings – You have been chosen • Dress to describe your school • Mannerisms in a brochure that will be given to students • Customs who live across the • Character types country. Assume that • groups/cliques your readers know • Best thing nothing about your city or school. Address the • Worst thing following topics in • The ONE thing your your paragraph: readers should know! SAT Vocabulary Word #1 • Adversity: Misfortune, bad luck, adversity1200–50; ME adversite (< AF) < L adversitās. • : a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty – He showed courage in the face of adversity. – We had to learn to deal with adversity. • “You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far.” ~Uncle Remus August 25, 2008 • Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, but use no letters with dots. (i, j) Vocabulary Word #2 • Discredit: to dishonor or disgrace; prove invalidity Discredit • The prosecution discredited the witness by showing that she had lied in the past. • Many of his theories have been thoroughly discredited August 26 • Write a paragraph that includes at least 10 words that rhyme with be. Vocabulary Word #3 • Fortuitous: lucky, unexpected Fortuitous • His presence there was entirely fortuitous. • You could not have arrived at a more fortuitous time. August 27 • Write a paragraph about a cat attacking something, but don’t use the words hiss, scratch or pounce. Vocabulary Word #4 • Tenacious: Persistent, resolute, insistent Tenacious • The company has a tenacious hold on the market. • A tenacious trainer, she adheres to her grueling swimming schedule no matter what. SAT Super Sentences • Use these vocabulary words to create a sentence using all of the words correctly: • Example: The querulous old man was a tenacious and resilient resident whom no one could discredit. • adversity, discredit, fortuitous, tenacious _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ August 30 • A bad dude in a cowboy hat is walking into the saloon in a bad Western movie. He’s looking dangerous and mad. Tell what happens, creating a happy ending. • *** If you didn’t turn in your class starters from last week, please turn them in today.**** abbreviate • To shorten, reduce, condense • “To send a text you simply abbreviate your words.” August 31 • Write a paragraph that includes twenty words with double vowels. Examples: poodle, peep, needle. benevolent • Kind, caring, compassionate, generous • That man’s benevolent nature shows in his contributions to the Red Cross. September 1 • How many ways can you find to say no? Write ten sentences that say no in various ways, but without using the word no. camaraderie • Trust among friends; fellowship with friends; solidarity • Real camaraderie shows in a unit of soldiers on the battlefield. September 2 • Describe the stuff that gets caught in the strainer of the sink without using the word “gross.” deleterious • harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way September 3 • Create a sentence with words that begin with the letters in sentence, in order. In other words, the first word in the sentence should begin with s, the second with e, the third with n, etc. Super Sentence Day • Create a Super Sentence using the 4 vocabulary words from this week. • Turn in your sentences and your class starter pages. September 7 • In one paragraph, describe a scene from any sport. Use these words somewhere in the paragraph: • bounced, struggled, spied, roared, collapsed, giggled. empathy • Sharing of feelings- sympathy, anger, loneliness • He felt great empathy with the poor. September 8 • Describe someone who looks bored. Don’t use any form of the words yawned or stared or sighed. florid • Flushed, red-faced; ornate • Covered in flowers • “Many were florid and overweight, too bulkily dressed and perspiring freely.” • He gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit. September 9 • Write one sentence consisting entirely of three-syllable words (not counting the articles a, an, and the) haughty • Arrogant; condescending • Blatantly and disdainfully proud • The haughty waiter smirked when I remarked that it was odd that a French restaurant didn't even have French fries on the menu. September 10 • Write a sentence that makes sense reading either from left to right or right to left. – Example: Bob liked Mary and Bill – Bill and Mary liked Bob impetuous • marked by impulsive vehemence or passion • marked by force and violence of movement or action • He's always been an impetuous young man. Super Sentence • Create a super sentence using these vocabulary words: • impetuous Turn in your • haughty class starters and • florid your super • empathy sentences today! September 13 • Write a blue paragraph incorporating as many words that rhyme with the word blue as you possibly can. jubilation • Elation, triumph, joy The jubilation of the crowd strengthened as the parade passed. September 14 • Create a much more interesting version of this sentence: – The dog barked. What kind of dog was it? Where was it? Why was it barking? How would you describe the barking? Make the sentence as interesting as possible by choosing your words and details carefully. mundane • Ordinary, common • Everyday task • Her day was filled with mundane chores like washing clothes and dishes. September 15 • Like looking for a needle in a haystack is a descriptive phrase that we have all heard. Create five different phrases that mean the same thing. Nonchalant • Calm, casual; having an air of easy unconcern or indifference • He was surprisingly nonchalant about winning the award September 16 • Here’s the last part of a newspaper story: – Neighbors called police when they noticed the pink gooey substance oozing from all the doors and windows of the modest ranch home. Now write the first part of the story. Remember that a newspaper story starts right out answering the questions, “Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How? opulent •Ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish •They own an opulent mansion filled with art and antiques. September 17 • The worst time of life: – What was your most humiliating junior high experience? Write a short, possibly funny, description of it. Parched Dried up My mouth was parched after mowing the grass. Super Sentences • Create a super sentence with the vocabulary words from this week: • Parched • Opulent • Nonchalant • Mundane • Jubilation September 20 • Respond to this quote: – “If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.” • Kanye West precocious • Talented beyond one’s age • The precocious boy attended Harvard at age 14. September 21 • Tell a fish story. Use as many fishy words as possible without actually writing about fish. Examples of fishy words: scales, whales, shrimp . .. rancorous • Hateful; acrid, acrimonious, embittered, hard, bitter, resentful, sore • “The rancorous debate over global warming created enemies throughout the science community.” September 22 Autumn begins today. What is your favorite season? Explain why you enjoy that particular season. restrained • Controlled, restricted She was admired for her restrained behavior. September 23 “National Dog Week” is the 4th week of September. There is a saying that a dog is “man’s Today is also my 52nd best friend.” How do birthday! So in honor of you think this saying my day-you don’t have to came to be and does do any work. Find a picture it hold any truth? to color, play a game or take a nap. September 24, 2008 • Which color is most like you? Explain why you think this color is like you • No super sentences this week, but you need to get all your vocabulary words together in order to study for a test next week. September 27 • Would you rather be the wind or the rain? Explain the reason for your choice. Vocabulary Test Tomorrow • You need to study the definitions of these words for your test tomorrow: September 28 • Vocabulary Test today! Spend the first few minutes of class preparing for the test. September 29 • A sense of sports: – People feel passionately about sports. Some play sports and detest it, because they’re not as good as they want to be; others play and love it, because they’re competitive and skilled. Some pay close attention to pro or local teams. Some attend games as serious fans; others attend because they like the social interaction in the stands. Some people loathe sports and think that the people who play them and watch them are brainless jocks. Which group do you fall into? Explain September 30 • Musical Memories – Songs can invoke vivid memories; hearing a particular song can rocket you back to seventh grade or last summer. Write about a song that is really evocative of a certain time in your life.