8th Grade English


Daily Journal

05/08/2014
Happy promotion day! (No Journal)

05/07/2014
 Write out 10 steps to success in the eighth grade.

05/06/2014
Start a story that starts like this, "First I kidnapped myself...."

05/5/2014
Write a 5 step guide to completing a task of your choice.

05/02/2014
Silent Reading (3 Days to Book Report!!)

05/01/2014
Silent Reading (4 Days until Book report Due)

04/30/2014
You've been hired to review a product, but you are not impressed with its performance. You know that if you give it a bad review, you may not get paid for it - but if you lie about it you’ll lose credibility. What do you do?

04/29/2014 (6 Days until book report due date)
What major purchase would you like to make in the next several months? How are you going to decide what to buy? Who do you trust to inform you what products are the best?

04/28/2014
Silent Reading (7 Days until Book Report Due)

04/25/2014
Silent Reading

04/24/2014
You have been arrested for a crime you did not commit. Your lawyer thinks that your testimony will be the turning point in the court case. Write out your testimony.

04/23/2014
Silent Reading

04/22/2014
Silent Reading

04/17/2014
You're running for city council - write your campaign speech. What promises will you make? 

04/16/2014
Silent Reading (No Journal)

04/15/2014

Daily Journal:
G. Homeowner heard that you plan to support building a skate-park. He is not pleased. He grumpilly asks you to explain why you want to encourage more subhumans to join your community. "They're just ignorant useless punks. Why are you on their side?"


04/14/2014
Write a story that starts like this, "We found the solution - it was even easier than anyone thought..."

04/11/2014
Study for the test (No Entry)

04/10/2014
Silent Reading (No Entry)

04/09/2014

You open your eyes and look out on to a stadium full of fans. They are waiting for you to say something. What do you say? Why are you famous?


04/08/2014
Write a story that starts like this - "I looked up to the sky and saw it falling...."

04/7/2014
Map Testing.  Get ready to go to Mrs. Browning's room.  (Be sure to bring a book with you.)

04/4/2014
Silent Reading (No Journal)

04/3/2014
List three really bad moments to hear someone say "Oops...".

04/2/2014
SILENT READING (No Journal)

03/32/2014
List the worlds greatest April Fool's pranks. (Researched, or from personal experience.)

03/31/2014
If you were falling through a bottomless pit, what would you do to pass the time? Assume that you have enough food and water - but nothing else. 

03/28/2014
This day in history: 
research today's date, and write about what has happened in history on this day!

03/27/2014
No Journal - SILENT READING

03/26/2014
As you hang from a cliff edge, clinging for dear life, a large bird flies up to you and asks you 3 questions. What does he ask?  What happens next?

03/25/2014
Free Write

03/24/2014
How was spring break? What did you do over break? What was the best part?

03/13/2014
No Journal: Silent Reading

03/12/2014
What kind of book do you want to read for your next book report? How difficult do you think it will be to find a book like that?
How long do you think it will take you to read the book?


03/11/2014
Free Write

03/10/2014
How much of your book report was taken from others? How much is original? What is the best part of your report?

03/06/2014
If you were a character in Tom Sawyer, which one would you be? Why? How would you react to the events in the book?

03/05/2014
If you were to become a professional athlete, what sport would it be in? How much would you get paid? Tell me what your life would be like.

03/04/2014
If you could play video games with anyone who has ever existed, who would you choose? Why? What game would you play?

03/03/2014
Tell me a story that starts like this:  "He lost his favorite..."

02/27/2014
What do you think of the movie? Do you think it sticks close enough to the book? What major changes did you notice? What do you think of the portrayal of the characters Tom and Huck?

02/26/2014
Free Write

02/25/2014
Write a story that starts like this: I can’t believe they tricked me….

02/24/2014
What is the difference between working together and cheating? Do you work as hard when you know other people are working on the same project?

02/21/2014
Tell me what you thought of the end of the book.

02/20/2014
Describe how you would feel being lost in cave. 

02/19/2014
Tell me a story about following someone... try not to be too creepy.

02/18/2014
Tell me a story about you and a friend finding a hidden treasure.

02/14/2014
What does "Peer Pressure" mean to you? Is peer pressure good or bad? Do you think you are easily pressured? Do you pressure others?

02/13/2014
Free Write

02/12/2014
Describe your illustration. Why did you choose to illustrate this scene?

02/11/2014
Tom broke his promise to Huck, but for a very noble reason. What is a good reason to break a promise? Write me a story about a person breaking a promise for all the right reasons.

02/10/2014
    Tell about a time you took the blame for someone else, or let someone else take blame for you. Did you regret it later? What makes one person take the heat for another person?

2/3/2014

Tell me about a time when you were caught in a lie. Did you admit defeat, or continue digging deeper? When do you know it is time to give up and tell the truth?



01/31/2014
 Tell me a story about showing up at your own funeral.

01/30/2014
Free Write

01/29/2014
Tom Sawyer fell through a time vortex and ended up in 2014. What is he going to do?

01/28/2014
You woke up stranded on a island in the middle of the Mississippi river. What happens next?

01/27/2014
Tell me a story about you running away with one or two friends. 

01/24/2014
Write a story that starts out "I didn't believe a word she said..."

01/23/2014
What would you do if you witnessed a murder like Tom and Huck did?

01/22/2014
What is your favorite game to play? 
How is it played?

01/21/2014
Tell me, in detail, what you did this weekend.

01/17/2014
Free Write

01/16/2014
Tell me a story about you meeting Tom Sawyer in St. Petersburg.

01/15/2014
Are you at all superstitious? What do you think gives you good luck or bad luck? Do you believe in ghosts? Why?
 

01/14/2014
 Would you do well in a bartering society? What would you use for trade? How would you make sure that you always benefit from the trades you make? 

01/13/2014
What do you do to impress a person who you are attracted to?  What could others who are attracted to you do to impress you?

01/10/2014
Write a story about coming up with a creative way to get out of doing work. 

01/9/2014
Free Write

01/8/2014
What does the phrase "Boys will be boys," mean to you?

01/7/2014
What steps would you take to survive being stranded out in the cold?

12/19/2013
Write a story about Santa Clause waking you up.

12/18/2013
Write a song / story that starts like this..."You'd better not shout, you'd better not cry, you'd better not pout I'm telling you why...."

12/17/2013
Finish this line "All I want for Christmas is..."

12/16/2013
Write me a story that starts like this "Twas the night before...."

12/11/2013
Free Write

12/10/2013
If you starred in your own TV show, what kind of show would it be?

12/9/2013
Would you rather live in a place that was always very cold or in a place that was always very hot? Why? 

12/5/2013
Describe the worst nightmare you have ever had.

12/3/2013
Tell me a story that starts with you waking up in a video game.

12/2/2013
Tell me what you did over your break. 

11/26/2013
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

11/25/2013
Write a commercial using Ford's "I like and better," theme.

11/20/2013
 Write a story that starts like this "I never saw it coming..."

11/19/2013
Free Write

11/15/2013
Write instructions to play your favorite game - write them in second person.

11/14/2013
Re-write the same story as yesterday, only this time write it in 3rd person.

11/13/2013
Tell me a true story from your childhood.

11/12/13!
Write me a story that starts like this; "They said it couldn't be done, but..."

11/11/2013
Free Write

11/5/2013
BRAIN TEASER
#1. What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

#2. The guy who makes it doesn't want it. The guy who buys it doesn't need it. The guy who uses it doesn't know he's using it. What is it?

11/5/2013
BRAIN TEASER
What word am I?
Whole, I am safe and secure. Behead me once, and I'm a place to eat. Behead me twice, and I'm willing's partner. Restore me, and I'm a place to keep animals

11/4/2013
BRAIN TEASER - Don't actually write a full entry - just type up your answer and put BRAIN TEASER on it.

A man was just doing his job when his suit was torn. Why did he die three minutes later?

10/31/2013
Tell me a scary story.

10/30/2013
Have you ever been involved in a practical joke? Were you the joker, or the person who was joked upon? How did it go? If you have not been involved in one - would you like to? What would you do?

10/29/2013
What is the scariest thing you have ever experienced?
 
10/28/2013
What are your plans for Halloween?

10/25/2013
No Journal Entry - Get ready to take your quiz.

10/24/2013
What would you do with a pet dinosaur?

10/22/2013
Write a story that starts with this line, "The day began with the sun already high in the sky..."

10/18/2013
Free Write

10/17/2013
Are you a skilled liar? Tell me about a time that you lied and either got away with it, or were caught.

10/16/2013
If you could change places with any one person for 24 hours who would you be and what would you do?

10/15/13
If you were an animal; what animal would you be? Why? Describe a day in your life as that animal.

10/14/2013
Tell a story that starts like this: "They came from the stars on waves of light..."

10/11/2013
Write about your proudest moment.

10/10/2013
Free Write

10/9/2013
Tell me a story about yourself that defines you as a person; a story that made you think about the world differently, or gave you a reason to believe what you believe.

10/8/2013
Start a story with this line - "This morning when I woke up I had a feeling that today was going to be..."

10/7/2013
What did you do with your 3 day weekend? Tell me a first person narrative about what you did.

10/3/2013
No Entry today - Just get ready for our group project.

10/2/2013
You are stranded on an island with a goat, a cow, a sheep, a monkey, a horse, and a lion. One by one, you have to kill each animal to survive. Tell me how each event happens, and explain why you saved the last animal until last. 

10/1/2013
Are you good at arguing? Describe an argument you had recently. Did you win, or lose? How did the argument end?

9/30/2013
List several things that you know for sure.

9/27/13
Free Write

9/26/13
A strange guy in a trench coat just walked up to you and gave you a plane ticket to anywhere in the world. What do you do?

9/25/13
Tell me a story that starts like this - "I had a bad feeling about going down that road..."


9/24/13
How do you feel about being alone? What does "lonely" mean to you? Tell me a story about being alone.

9/23/13
You are out in the woods by yourself when you hear a loud groaning sound - what happens next?

9/20/13
Tell me about your plans for the weekend.

9/19/13
Write a story that starts this way: "Simon walked into the restaurant, but was stopped at the door because...."

9/18/13
Free Write!

9/17/13
Voyager 1 (a spacecraft launched by NASA in 1978) has officially left the solar system! Among the scientific instruments it carries, it has a golden record that has various songs, voice recordings, and images recorded on it. This record was included because Voyager may never stop traveling, and may one day end up as our first contact with alien life. If you could have recorded anything on that record, what would it have been and why?

9/16/13 
Knowing how it all turned out, if you were Charlie would you still have the surgery? Why or why not? How would that decision effect your life?

9/13/13
Do you think that an operation like the one the doctors did on Charlie is possible? Is it ethical? What would the results of performing such an operation mean for society and the rest of the world?

9/12/13
Write me a story that starts like this: "They say it's going to make me smarter, but I'm scared because..."

9/11/13 
Today in history - tell me about something other than the 9/11 terrorist attacks that happened today in history.

9/10/13
Have you ever spent time with a person who has a disability? How was he or she different from you? How were you similar? 

9/9/13
Brain Teaser:
You are standing at the edge of a canyon that you must cross. You have a ten foot ladder and as much rope as you want. The canyon is 40 feet deep and 30 feet across. How do you make it across? Be creative!

9/6/13 
If you could choose to win just one argument with your parents; what argument would you choose? Why? How would the argument go? What would you gain?

9/5/13
Free Write.

9/4/13
Go to Google and search for historical events that happened on September 4th. What happened today in history? 

9/3/13
Did you have a good weekend? What did you do? How would your weekend have been different if you had found $1000.00 on the ground?

8-30-13
Write me a story that starts with this line: "I was minding my own business, when suddenly, and without warning..."

8-29-13
If you could chose between having the ability to fly and having the ability to be invisible, which would you choose? What would you do with your power?

8-28-13
If you could grant wishes for other people, but not for yourself, who would you grant wishes for? Would you let people know that you had that power? Would you intentionally misunderstand the wishes that people wished?

8-27-13
If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for? List your wishes and their effects. 

8-26-13
What is your opinion of the student contracts that we came up with on Friday?  Do you think you would change anything now? Which part of the contract is your favorite? Why?
What are we doing?

Grammar Study Link: Grammar Bytes Terms

Book Reports:
Here are some helpful documents for working on your book report (Due May 5).

Tom Sawyer 
To start off this semester we will be reading the novel, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. You can get the book for free here - click the third book (the cover has a green sky and a fence.)

Audio for the book is available here. Just click on the chapter you want to read and follow along.

Grammar Notes
Here are some videos you can watch to make up your grammar notes if you missed them. 
*YouTube videos can not be accessed at school - you will have to make this up at home.*

Social Contracts:

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Dustin Stucky,
Aug 27, 2013, 6:22 AM
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Dustin Stucky,
Aug 27, 2013, 6:22 AM
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