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  • Junior tries out for and makes basketball team; first game against Wellpinit!Jr.'s dad runs away to get drunk over xmas but saves $5 for him.Jr. talks about diffs between white and redTed the billionaire shows up at the funeral/wake ** discuss the reaction to his gesture – he romanticizes them; patronizes them; they are like his hobby. . . he comes from such privilege. . . Grandmother killed by a drunk driver (understatement)

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  • 1. Wednesday, November 10, 2010
    Literature: Novel
    Grammar and Writing: a couple of quick points (if time)
  • 2. Housekeeping
    Exams are marked. Check your mark online. I will hand back the exams at the end of the class on Monday.
    Check your overall grade online. Click on the “Grades” link on the left-hand side of the page. Discuss any concerns with me.
    Incorrect Due Date: Character Assignment Part 1 was not due this week; it is due next Wednesday (the 17th). Bring your work on Part 1 to class to use in Part 2.
  • 3. Comprehension Quiz
    Answer questions 1-10 in one or two complete clear sentences.
    Read the questions carefully. Ask me if there is a word you don’t know in the question.
    You have 15 minutes to complete this quiz.
  • 4. New Vocabulary, p. 99-168?
    kidney (n.) – organ that filters toxins from our body
    wake (n.) – gathering after the funeral for family, friends, acquaintences
    Thor – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor
    wisest (adj.) – root = wise
    chomping (v. and n.) = chewing (v.), or the act of chewing (n.)
    “chomping at the bit” – impatient, ready to go
    hydrocephalus (n.) – medical condition where there is too much fluid on the brain.
    banish (v.) – to send someone or something away, outside of a group or community
    corny (adj.) – unoriginal or overly sentimental (sweet)
    poetic (adj.) – something that is said or done in a romantic way or the way a poet would say or do it
    retched (v.) – vomited
    dorky (adj.) – nerdy, goofy, clumsy and awkward
    taut (adj.) – tightly stretched
    rehearse (v.) – practice before a performance; dry-run
  • 5. True Diary, p. 99-168Key Events
    Jr.’s sister gets married
    Jr. catches Penelope throwing up in the washroom – she admits she has an eating disorder; they become friends/start dating and he becomes more popular
    Rowdy accepts Junior’s cartoon
    Roger and Penelope discover that Junior is poor
    Junior talks to Gordy about being an apple
    [Gordy says: “life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of a community.”]
    Jr.’s sister sends a letter to him; she says she is starting to write – she’s happy
    Jr. and the Reardon Basketball Team play against Wellpinit
    Someone in the crowd throws a coin at Junior and he has to go to the hospital
    Jr.’s father goes on drinking binge over Christmas but saves $5 for Junior that he could have spent on booze
    Jr.’s grandmother is killed by a drunk driver. Other people in Wellpinitstop bullying him.
    Ted the billionarecomes to Junior’s grandmother’s funeral
  • 6. True Diary, p. 99-168Philosophical Statements
    Throughout the novel, Junior, and other characters often make serious or profound statements about people or life.
    Ex: “The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor,” Coach (quoting Lombardi, p. 148)
    There are several of these statements in this section (p. 99-168)
    Scan these pages now to locate one or more of these statements.
  • 7. True Diary, p. 99-168Philosophical Statements
    “Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of a community.” Gordy, p. 131
    “Lies have short shelf lives. Lies go bad. Lies rot and stink up the joint.” Junior, p.119
    “Love and loss can make you crazy.” Junior, p. 109
    “If you let people into your life a little bit they can be pretty damn amazing,” Junior, p.129
    “If you care about something enough it’s going to make you cry. But you have to use it. Use your pain. Use your fear.” Coach, p. 144
    “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Coach/Junior, p.148
    “You have to dream big to get big.” Junior’s father, p.126
    “There all kinds of addicts I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away.” Junior, p. 107
  • 8. Journal Response
    Pick one of these philosophical statements and write a brief personal response or reflection. You may choose to agree, disagree, explain how it relates to Junior’s experience in the story, or how it relates to your own experience.
  • 9. Vocabulary, p. 169-230
    Homophobic (adj.)
    = having fear or disapproval of gay people
    Ex: Tom used to be homophobic, but after he got to know his openly gay coworker, Robert, he was able to see that Robert was a good person, the same as everyone else.
    Ex: I am trying to overcome my homophobic feelings, but it is difficult because I was taught that it was wrong to be gay.
  • 10. Vocabulary, p. 169-230
    legacy (n.)
    = anything handed down, as from an ancestor, like money; the impact someone has
    Ex: Many residential school survivors have passed on a legacy of violence and addiction to their own children.
    Ex: His most important legacy to his children is not money, but the values he taught them.
  • 11. Vocabulary, p. 169-230
    spontaneous (adj.)
    = happening or arising without apparent cause; self-generated, without planning or design, on impulse
    Ex: At that moment, I made a spontaneous decision to leave my job without giving any notice, even though I had been perfectly happy up to that point.
    Ex: She was a very spontaneous person who did not plan anything but did whatever seemed to be interesting to her at that very moment.
  • 12. Vocabulary, p. 169-230
    demoralize (v.)
    = to make somebody lose confidence or courage in doing something
    Ex: Sally tried to demoralize her opponents by “talking trash” before the game, hoping they would feel intimidated and play badly.
    Ex: I felt demoralized after I received my grades, but after I talked with the teacher I regained my confidence.
  • 13. Vocabulary, p. 169-230
    nomadic (adj.)
    = tending to travel and change settlements
    Ex: Many aboriginal tribes were nomadic, moving from place to place according to the seasons and what kind of food and game (animals) were available.
    Ex: She had already lived in Beijing, Vancouver, Italy, Australia, Cophenhagen, and Fiji, but she still wasn’t ready to give up her nomadic ways.
  • 14. Homework
    For Monday:
    Complete and hand-in practice cause-and-effect paragraph no later than Saturday!
    In-class cause-and-effect paragraph Monday.
    Wednesday:
    Finish reading the novel.
    Continue to take notes on the story and characters.
    Complete the final vocabulary paragraph.
    Review the story before the quiz on Wednesday.