Festive Friday


By: Wade Lowe

Good Morning Huskies, Here is your morning agenda and announcements.


  • DLR Week #16 – Participles QUIZ (8.W.6.1.B)
  • Vocabulary Quiz – The Outsiders – for those that still have to take it
  • Free Reading Exit Ticket – Due Friday, December 12, 2014 for grade (8.RL.1)
  • KIDBLOG: Choose one of the writing prompts from chapter 5-6 (8.W.1)
  • 8.RV.1 – Chapters 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 Choose two words, from each 5/6 & 7/8 (a total of 4 words) & complete the Vocabulary Web DUE THURSDAY, December 11, 2014, QUIZ CH 5-8, Thursday, December 11, 2014
  • Complete Dialogue activity in the Study Guide (The Outsiders passage). This along with what was completed today (Rumpelstiltskin) will count as a grade.
  • Continue The Outsiders – Assign The Outsiders Chapter Questions or use for Class Discussion

Skills/Standards Learned:

Today we are going to continue learning about participles and verbs, reading The Outsiders, and working in our study guide.


  • Please bring in tissues we are in need of those especially with everyone getting sick in the winter.
  • There are only TWO MORE WEEKS of school left until winter break!
  • The band concert is next Tuesday.
  • With little time left in the grading period/semester, be sure that you retest what you need to in order to reach your goal to be the best student that you can be.

If you guys still need some help on participles here are some practice websites:

Favorite Books:

          As you guys may know, we are reading The Outsiders. For those of you who haven’t, here is a summary of the first half (because that’s only how far we have gotten). The Outsiders looks into two weeks of a 14-year old boy’s life. It tells about Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes he’s an outsider. Pony and his two brothers, Darry who his 20, and Soda who is 16, have recently lost their parents in a car wreck. Pony and Soda are allowed to stay with Darry as a guardian as long as they behave. They are all “greasers” which refers to the young men on the east side of town, the poor kids. The greasers are enemies with the socs, which is short for socials, they are the “West side rich kids”.

          The story begins with Pony leaving a movie theater, then he gets jumped by a group of socs that proceed to beat him up and threaten to kill him. However, some of his gang show up and run the socs off. This fight helps settle in the mood and tone to show that there are a lot of fights that happen between both sides.

          The next night Pony and his two other gang members, Dallas (Dally) and Johnny go to see a movie at the drive-in. While there they meet Sherri (Cherry) Valance and her friend Marcia. Dally leaves after a while after giving the girls a hard time, but then another greaser, Two-bit, has joined Pony and Johnny. The boys offer to walk the girls home after the movie, but their boyfriends reappear and threaten to fight the greasers. Cherry stops the fight and leaves with her boyfriend. 

          Pony and Johnny go to a vacant lot to hang out before heading home. They fall asleep, and when Johnny wakes up Pony it’s 2 a.m. Pony runs home because it’s past his curfew. When Pony walks in Darry is furious with him and, in the heat of the moment, hits him. Pony runs out of the house and goes back to the lot with Johnny. Pony want to run away, but decides to cool off by going to the park before heading home. At the park, cherry and Marcia’s boyfriends pull up. Pony and Johnny are outnumbered, and the socs grab Pony and shove him face first into the fountain, so that his head is underwater. Pony is drowning! What happens next? What does Johnny do? Will we ever know? I guess not.

Interesting Facts:

  • When you die your hair still continues to grow for a couple of months
  • The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.
  • Dogs are not completely color blind. Unlike humans who have three different color sensitive cone cells in their retina (red, green and blue) dogs have only two (yellow and blue). This does not mean that dogs can’t see green or red objects! It only means that they can’t distinguish green, yellow or red objects based on their color. However they can still distinguish a red ball from a green one if there is a difference in the perceived brightness of the two.

That’s all for today Huskies, be kind to one another, and have a great day. 


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