CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts - Multimedia and Performing

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Course Description

Welcome to 9th Grade English with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10 am and your attendance there is required.  Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work.  My e-mail is and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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Students will take a cumulative vocabulary test on all of the words they found in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Life of Pi, and Bless Me, Ultima.
Students will take a cumulative vocabulary test on all of the words they found in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Life of Pi.

Susceptible = more likely to be harmed by something (in the future)

Dweller = a person/animal who lives in a specific place

Hypothermic = a condition of having low body temperature

Humanoid = something that is not human that has the physical characteristics of a human

Rummaged = to search through things

Ambidextrous = able to use both hands equally well

Contemplating = thinking over something

Crucify = to nail someone to the cross/to treat with gross injustice

Analogy = to compare two totally different things

Tautology – saying the same thing twice with different words

Pyrotechnic – pertaining to fire

Displaced – caused to make something to move from its original place
Eccentric – irregular, peculiar
Endure – to suffer patiently
Egomaniac – a person who is considered obsessively self centered
Anthropology – a science dealing with humans and their work
Mulled – thinking about thins deeply or at length
Hassling – harassing, bothering someone, pestering
Plummeting – falling, dropping
Crusading – taking organized campaigns for religions or political issues
Handily – in a skillful manner

Hydrocephalus – accumulation of fluids in the brain

Snicker – scornful laugh

Metaphorical – a thing that represents something symbolically

Optimistic – reflecting a favorable view of positive events

Posterior – a person’s rear end

Naïve – person or action showing lack of experience or judgment

Endeavor – to attempt or try

Bulimic – a state or form of eating disorder (binge eating)

Tentatively = hesitantly

Tactic = an action or strategy

Thrall = the state of being in someone’s power

Arduous = difficult

Ordeal = a painful/horrific experience

Hyperbole = exaggeration

Forlorn = sad

Tarpaulin = a cover

Guttural = a harsh sound produced in the throat

Lucidly = clearly

Immaculate = free of sin (adjective)

Vengeance = revenge (noun)

Deliberative = done cautiously and with intention (adjective)

Tumultuous = making a loud, confused noise. (usually an adjective used to describe a crowd)

Contemptuously = hatefully/scornfully (adverb)

Quarrel = heated argument (noun or a verb)

Shirk = avoid/neglect (verb: usually refers to a responsibility or duty)

Sob = to cry (verb and noun)

Sacrilegious = a major sin according to a religion/a crime committed against the religion (adjective)

Genuflect = bending one knee to the ground in worship (verb)


Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Does evil exist?  Why/why not?

RAP 1:  Do you identify with Antonio?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  What do you think will become of Antonio when he grows up?