Wednesday, November 19, 2008

TKAM Week #3 Vocab- Due Friday

31. tranquil
32. protruded
33. propensities
34. frivolous
35. propelled
36. formidable
37. obliquely
38. edification
39. reverent
40. infallible
41. placid
42. begrudge
43. ominous
44. vivid
45. oblivious

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Scholarship Opportunity

Grade 11
This is not a beauty pageant. The program recognizes and rewards
well-rounded young women. The competition consists of 5 categories in
which each girl’s scholastic achievement, individuality, talent, stage
presence, and public speaking ability are evaluated. At no time is
personal appearance judged and it costs nothing to enter.
Details at or contact them by email at
Deadline to contact them is January 19, 2009.

TKAM Vocab Week 2

16. palette
17. benevolence
18. honed
19. caricature
20. inordinately
21. ingenuous
22. innate
23. guilelessness
24. fanatical
25. tentatively
26. rudiments
27. articulate
28. melancholy
29. palliation
30. rectitude

Thursday, November 6, 2008

TKAM Vocab Week #1

You need to find the working definition of the following words. Meaning, I do not want you to just memorize the dictionary definition of the word, I want you to understand what it means. You also need to find the part of speech. For a bonus: Find the sentence where they appear in the book. You need to cite the page number and write the sentence. The words are listed in the order that they appear in the book. These words are words that have shown up on past SAT tests. So that is an added bonus for those of you that are college bound! If you do use an online dictionary, I recommend using Merriam-Webster's online dictionary/thesaurus. Due on Wednesday 11/12/08.

1. assuagedLink2. piety
3. dictum
4. taciturn
5. quaint
6. malevolent
7. predilection
8. domiciled
9. profane
10. terrain
11. indigenous
12. diminutive
13. fractious
14. disapprobation
15. auspicious

Monday, November 3, 2008

Open Lab for the PPP Project

The American Studies teachers will be in the library computer lab on Wednesday and Thursday, during 7th period and after school (during tutorial time). We are doing this so that students will have an opportunity to get help from us and use the computer for their research. Please take advantage of this.

Due Thursday

Do not forget that Exam Analysis is due Thursday, unless you are doing exam retake on Wednesday, then it is due Wednesday.

Also To Kill a Mockingbird reading is due Thursday. Here are the questions:

Chapter 7
  • When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back, he tells her of something strange. What is this?
  • Can you find any evidence that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley? What do you think this is?
  • Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer.
  • When the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts, they are prevented. How does this happen? Who does it, and why might he do so?

Chapter 8
  • Why does Scout quiz Atticus about his visit to the Radley house? How much does Atticus tell her?
  • What is the “near libel” which Jem puts in the front yard? How do Miss Maudie and Atticus react to it?
  • Why does Atticus save Miss Maudie's oak rocking chair?
  • When Atticus asks Scout about the blanket around her shoulders, what does Jem realize?
  • Explain what Atticus means by telling Jem not to let his discovery “inspire ” him to “further glory”? Is there any reason why Jem might now do as his father says?
Chapter 9
  • How well does Atticus feel he should defend Tom Robinson? Is it usual for (white) lawyers to do their best for black clients in Alabama at this time?
  • Scout and Jem have “mixed feelings” about Christmas? What are these feelings and why?
  • Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants. What does this mean and why might he say it?
  • When Francis talks to Scout he reveals an unpleasant feature of Aunt Alexandra. What is this?
  • Does Scout learn anything from overhearing Atticus's conversation with Uncle Jack? What might this be?
  • Read the final sentence of this chapter. Explain in your own words what it means and why it might be important in the story.

Community Service Opps

Here are some opportunities from I Love a Clean San Diego:

Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast Cleanup
Saturday, November 8th from 9AM - 12noon
Meet at the Valencia Park Malcolm X Library parking lot
5148 Market Street, San Diego 92114

I Love A Clean San Diego and City of San Diego Open Space Division with support from Allied Waste Services have joined forces to tackle the litter and illegal dumping plaguing San Diego's canyons. Join in with friends, family, coworkers, or clubs and organizations to beautify this open space area and surrounding community in need of volunteers. All supplies will be provided at no charge, but remember to wear work clothes and sturdy closed toed shoes, and bring extra water. For more information, you can visit ILACSD's website or contact Natalie Roberts via email, or call (619) 291-0103 ext. 3014. We would appreciate RSVP's if you plan to volunteer, especially with a large group. Walk-on's will be accepted, but everyone must sign a waiver and anyone under 18 will need a parent/guardian signature to volunteer. Click here to print out the waiver to bring to the cleanup.

Tijuana Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, December 6th from 9 - 11AM
2200 Enright Drive at the intersection of Beyer Blvd and Enright Dr, San Ysidro 92173

I Love A Clean San Diego and City of San Diego - Think Blue with support from Allied Waste Services are emphasizing the need for more inland cleanups in an effort to protect San Diego County's watershed as a whole. Many of these areas act as a catch basin for litter from the surrounding neighborhoods and busy streets, as well as suffer from illegal dumping. Join us in cleaning up the Tijuana Watershed to prevent trash and debris from contaminating popular connecting beaches such as Imperial Beach where many South Bay residents swim, surf and play.

Volunteers should wear closed toed sturdy shoes and bring extra water. All supplies will be provided. Please check in at registration upon arrival to hand in a signed waiver or fill one out on-site. Minors under 18 will need a parent/guardian signature on their waiver. To sign up as a volunteer or find out more, contact ILACSD's Volunteer Department at 619-291-0103 or