8th Grade English

Daily Journal Prompt.

05/05/2015
 You come to a fork in the road - Down one path leads to paradise, the other leads to nothingness. There is a set of twin sisters standing at the fork in the road. One of them only lies, the other only tells the truth. How can you figure out which path to take by asking only one question? 

05/04/2015
Brain Teaser:
Alice came across a lion and a unicorn in a forest of forgetfulness. The lion lies every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and the other days he speaks the truth. The unicorn lies on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; the other days of the week he speaks the truth. 

LION: Yesterday I was lying.

UNICORN: So was I.

Which day did they say that?


05/01/2015
Free Write (LAST JOURNAL ENTRY)

04/30/2015
What is the best hiding place in your home? Why do you know this?

04/29/2015
Find an interesting article on Wikipedia, link it here - then write a bit about why it's interesting. 

04/28/2015
What is the worst lie you've ever told? Why did you tell it? What was the result?

04/27/2015
If you could master one art, what would it be? Why?

04/24/2015
Free Write

04/23/2015
Where do you want to live when you are older? Describe the town you will live in and the house.

04/22/2015
What do you hope to see as your life flashes before your eyes in the moments preceding your death?

04/21/2015
You have been asked to design an amusement park. What do you call it? Describe its features. 

04/17/2015
Free Write

04/16/2015
How good are you at following directions? What is the most complicated thing you have built using instructions? 

04/15/2015
You've been selected for Jury duty. Describe your experiences while serving. 

04/14/2015
You've just been elected to your city's city council. What things are you going to change about your town? 

04/13/2015
Should the town get a skate park or not? Why?

04/10/2015
Write a review for the product you most recently purchased. 

04/09/2015
If you had 3 rules that you followed when making decisions, what would those rules be?

04/08/2015
Free Write

04/07/2015
Write about time where you were surprised, excited and amazed.

04/02/2015
You and your friend just found $12,631.69 How do you split it? What do you do with your cut?

04/01/2015
APRIL FOOLS! Tell me about the best prank you've ever been part of or witnessed.


03/31/2015
Write a story that starts with this line: "The three of them were...." and ends with this line: "His exhaustion over took him, and he slept."

03/30/2015
What were some major differences between the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the movie Tom and Huck.

03/27/2015
Free Write (6 Journals Due today)

03/24 - 03/26
More state testing...

03/23/2015
What scene from the book do you hope to see in the movie? Why?

03/13/2015
Free Write

03/12/2015
You just woke up in a strange alley way. There are many people around you, it seems to be a big city. The people are speaking to each other, but you can't understand a word they are saying. What happens next?

03/9/2015 - 03/11/2015
No journal entry - Get ready for state assessments. 

03/4/2015
You are the last person on Earth. All the stuff is still around, there is plenty of food in the supermarkets for you to take. What do you do to pass the time?

03/3/2015
Describe a day in the life of a mouse living under your house.

03/02/2015
Puns! Lots of puns! Find me some good puns.

02/27/2015
Free Write (Journals Due Today!)


02/26/2015
What is your favorite thing about Tom Sawyer so far?

02/25/2015
Today in history: look up and write about events that happened on this date in the past. 

02/24/2015
Would you take someone else's punishment just to impress them? Have you ever done so in the past?

02/23/2015
You have been summoned to testify in court. Why?

02/20/2015
Free Write

02/19/2015
You just got busted on a big lie. Do you admit defeat or do you keep on making up more lies?

02/18/2015
Could you allow your loved ones to believe you were dead? How would you finally reveal the fact that you are alive?

02/17/2015
What do you think people would say at your funeral? Would you like to be alive to see it?

02/13/2015
After a few days on the island, your friends are beginning to get homesick. How will you convince them to stick around?

02/12/2015
If someone wanted to trap you, what bait could you not resist?

02/11/2015
Free Write


02/10/2015
You are still on the island with your two friends when one of them gets gravely injured. How do you get help? While you are trying to help, you hear a group of bandits making their way to you...

02/09/2015
If you were to run away with 2 of your friends to live alone on an island, which 2 friends would you go with? What would you do once you got there?


02/05/2015
Write a story that starts like this:  "The three of them started out working together, but..."

02/04/2015
Use at least 3 of your vocab words in a description of what you would do if tomorrow were a snow day.

2/03/2015
You have been left in charge of guarding a prisoner who is accused of murder. You are pretty sure he is innocent. What do you do?

2/02/2015
What did you do for "Super Bowl Sunday?"

1/30/2015
Free Write (Journals Due today)

1/29/2015
If you and your friends discovered a dead body, what would you do? What conclusions would you jump to?

1/26/2015
You and your friend just witnessed a murder. No one knows you were there or that you saw it. What do you do next?

1/23/2015
Free Write

1/22/2015
If you were to break someones' heart, how would you do it?

1/21/2015
Describe a fool proof way to get out of school for a day.

1/16/2015
Free Write

1/15/2015
Tom gets ahead in life by cheating the system. Tell me a story about you getting ahead by cheating or manipulating the system. 

1/14/2015
What would you do if you found a person outside your house pretending to be dead in order to impress you?

1/13/2015
You and a group of your friends wish to start a club. What will your club do for fun? What will you call your club?

1/12/2015
How much would you do in order to get out of doing work? Is it worth the effort?

1/9/2015
Free Write

1/8/2015
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grow up?

1/6/2015
Tell me about your winter break.
What are we doing?

8th Graders are reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  by Mark Twain. 
For more info on Mark Twain, click here

Anne Frank Video: Click here to watch the students act out scenes from The Diary of Anne Frank.



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