Novels Three

2/9: We have a vocabulary test on Monday (2/12).

I will be gone at a conference on Thursday and Friday of next week. Mrs. Walton will be substituting for me.

1/30: The scholars have one more assignment for Little Women due tomorrow (Wednesday, 1/31). We are now moving on to our next novel, a photobiography about Abraham Lincoln.

1/23: We have finished reading Little Women. There are a few wrap-up assignments this week. Tonight, the scholars assignment is to read the informational passage about Orchard House then write a paragraph explaining whether or not they think the Marches were poor.

On Thursday and Friday, we will be watching the movie Little Women starring Winona Ryder. It is PG.


1/9: Our vocabulary test is on Thursday. All missing work and make-up work is due by Friday because that is the end of the term. This week's vocabulary test will go on next term's grades.

1/3: Welcome back!

12/11: Our next vocabulary test will be when we come back. We are also close to the end of the book. We will finish in January.

12/7: This week's vocabulary words are posted below.

11/30: The vocabulary test is tomorrow. Don't forget to study the connotations. Even though they are not part of the actual test, you can earn 1/4 of point extra credit for every correct connotation and you won't lose any points for getting them wrong.

11/27: I hope everyone had a good break. We have a vocabulary test on Friday (12/1). It will cover words 81-100

11/13: We have a homework assignment due Wednesday. The scholars have to write a short article about something happening here at school, a poem, or a short story as if they were contributing it to a class version of a newspaper. This corresponds to Chapter 10 of Little Women in which our main characters create a secret society and produce a newspaper for it.

11/1: Our second vocabulary test is on Friday of this week. The scholars will have a little bit of time to study in class, but should also take the opportunity to study at home.

10/24: Our vocabulary words this week are 62 through 70. The vocabulary test will be a week from Friday on November 3rd and cover words 41 through 70.

The scholars have also earned their first good behavior party of the year. The party will be on Friday October 27th.

10/16: Term One is almost over. Any late or make-up work needs to be turned in by Wednesday (10/18).

10/3: We finished Chapter Three today. The scholars received a comprehension assignment that we worked on in class. It is due on Friday.

9/18: Today was our first assignment for Little Women. Most of the scholars finished in class. Those who did not, took it home for homework.

We have had a great first few weeks of Novels. I am excited to be starting off the year with one of my favorite books, ​Little Women​.



What We're Reading:

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

​This book is a biography of President Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. It covers his early life, career as a lawyer, family, journey to the presidency, and his time in office up to his assassination.


Vocabulary Words 131-160:
The next vocabulary test will be Monday (2/12).

131. Forlornly- (adj.) sad and unhappy, lonely

132. Affianced- (verb) engaged to be married

133. Incorrigible- (adj.) unable to be reformed

134. Malicious- (adj.) intending to do harm

135. Disapprobation- (noun) strong disapproval usually on moral grounds

136. Contrite- (adj.) asking forgiveness, remorseful

137. Pummeled- (verb) to beat

138. Insinuatingly- (adj.) provoking doubt or suspicion

139. Propitiate- (verb) regain favor

140. Decorous- (adj.) proper, correct, appropriate

141. Impracticable- (adj.) unworkable

142. Peremptorily- (adj.) not allowing contradiction

143. Tempestuously- (adj.) tumultuously or stormy

144. Eloquence- (adj.) able to use the language, fluent

145. Chaplain- (noun) a clergyman, minister, priest, or Rabbi serving in a hospital, the armed forces, etc.

146. Conservatory- (noun) a small greenhouse for growing plants

147. Homely- (adj.) unattractive, plain looking

148. Angular- (adj.) having angles or sharp corners

149. Animation- (noun) the state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness

150. Changeable- (adj.) variable, adaptable 

151. Defy- (verb) to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly

152. Witty- (adj.) possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression

153. Reticent- (adj.) disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved

154. Homespun- (adj.) spun or made at home

155. Patronize- (verb) to act as a supporter

156. Rollicking- (adj.) carefree and joyous

157. Bungling- (verb) to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch

158. Emancipation- (noun) freeing from oppression or slavery

159. Crusade- (noun) a campaign conducted by a band of people devoted to advancing a cause

160. Abolitionist- (noun) a person who advocated or supported the ending of slavery in the U.S.