8th Grade English


Daily Journal



4/20/2017

4/19/2017


4/18/2017

What is greater than God,
more evil than the devil,
the poor have it,
the rich need it,
and if you eat it, you'll die?



4/13/2017
Find (or take) a recent photo of yourself. Add it to the top of your portfolio.

4/12/2017
Portfolio Introduction -
Write an introduction to your portfolio. Include the following details about yourself - and feel free to add more to it. 
Name:, Age:, Height:, Weight:, Favorite TV Show:, Favorite Movie:, Favorite Book:, Favorite Class:, Most interesting thing about me:, Best Friend(s):, etc...


4/10/2017
JOURNAL PORTFOLIO!
Get a "Journal Portfolio" check list from the front of the room and get started!

4/6/2017
Tom Sawyer was an interesting book with several mini plots stitched together to make one large one. Which mini plot was your favorite? Why? 

4/3/2017
April Fools! Write a story about a fool!


3/30/2017
What was your favorite section of the book? Why?

3/29/2017
Money money money! You and your friend found a whole lot of cash.... how do you split it? What do you do with it?

3/28/2017
You are stranded in a cave. The only exit  (that you know of) is blocked. How do you survive?

3/27/2017
How was your spring break? Write a detailed run-down of what you did.

3/15/2017
Free Write

3/14/2017
Pi Day! Write about pi, pie, circles, math, etc!

3/9/2017
Free Write

3/8/2017
Someone who wants to hurt you has been hiding near by. How do you react to this news?

3/7/2017
Write about a haunted house. 

3/6/2017
You've just testified against a murderer who immediately escaped. Are you nervous? What do you do to protect yourself?

3/3/2017
Free Write

3/2/2017
Join a club, then quit.
Write about a character who joins something, gets bored, quits, then regrets the decision. 

3/1/2017
PRANK!
Write out a plan to prank a teacher. 

2/28/2017
You're taking off for vacation. Where are you going? How long will you be gone?

2/27/2017
What are you going to do as a Freshman? Write about a day in your life next year. 

2/24/2017
Free Write

2/23/2017
"What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott
Write about getting caught in a lie.


2/22/2017
Write about allowing someone else to get into trouble when you knew they were not at fault. 

2/21/2017
Who is your favorite president? Write a story about him. 

2/17/2017
Free Write

2/16/2017
You're scared and outdoors in a storm. Where do you go? What do you do?

2/15/2017
Everyone you know thinks you are dead.... what's next?

2/14/2017
Valentine's day? Why is this a holiday? Figure it out, write about it. 

2/13/2017
Regrets - Write about trying to undo something you did wrong. 

2/9/2017
Write about a character running away. 

2/8/2017
Write about the illustration you are making. Are you enjoying the work you've done?

2/7/2017
Write a story about animals behaving in an unusual manner. 

2/6/2017
How strong is your promise? If you promised a friend to keep a secret, what would it take to make you break that promise?

2/3/2017
Free Write

2/2/2017
After months of hibernation, you've emerged to see your shadow. What's next?

2/1/2017
Write an oath for you and a friend to sign (preferably in blood.)

1/31/2017
You and your friend just witnessed a crime.... now what?

1/30/2017
Write about lost love. 

1/26/2017
Write about meeting a person you are interested in dating. 

1/25/2017
Write about getting in trouble at school. 

1/24/2017
You and your best friend are going out to the woods. Why? What are you going to do there? What did you bring?

1/23/2017
Write about you and Tom Sawyer hanging out. 

1/20/2017
Free Write

1/19/2017
HUMILIATION! Write a scene about a character being humiliated.

1/18/2017
Write about scamming a large group of people.

1/17/2017
Write about being blamed for something you didn't do. 

1/13/2017
Free Write

1/12/2017
Write about manipulating people in the same manner Tom did in chapter 2. 

1/11/2017
After having read chapter 1, what do you think this book is going to be about? Why? 

1/10/2017
Write about a "trouble maker" getting caught.

1/9/2017
How was your break? What did you do? Tell me all about it!

12/16/2016
Free Write

12/13/2016
Write an "Entering the innermost cave" scene.

12/12/2016
Write a "Crossing the Threshold" scene.
12/9/2016
Free Write!

12/8/2016
Write a "mentor's encouragement" scene. How does your hero's mentor change the hero's mind?

12/7/2016
Write a "refusal of the call" scene. Why does your hero refuse to go on the adventure?

12/6/2016
Write a herald scene - a scene in which your hero is called to adventure by a herald. 

12/5/2016
Write about an unlikely hero.

12/2/2016
Free Write.

12/1/2016
It's the last month of the year - write about the last of something else. 

11/30/2016
Write a story about someone who is too honest.

11/29/2016
Write a story about a liar. 

11/28/2016
Describe your thanksgiving break in a haiku.
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables



11/17/2016
Write a list of funny things you have seen. 

11/16/2016
 Write one inspirational quote and explain why it is meaningful to you. 

11/15/2016 
You are afraid that when your father dies your older brother will ruin the family business - but the business has always been passed down to the first born child. How do you save the company?

11/14/2016
You've just won the lottery. What's next?

11/11/2016
FREE WRITE!  - Turn it in when you finish.

11/10/2016
Write a list of things that should be invented, but have not been.

11/09/2016
What will happen Jan. 21st 2017?


11/08/2016
Write about following bad advice. 

11/07/2016
Write a story that starts with this line: "My father once told me...."

11/04/2016
FREE WRITE! 
Don't forget to click "turn in."

11/03/2016
Future Fiction - Write another story using the same character from yesterday - but place the story in 2037 or later.

11/02/2016
Historical fiction - write a story about a person living through a historical event. (You may use the event you wrote about yesterday.)

11/01/2016
Today in history - Quickly research events that happened on this date in the past. Write about one or more of these events. 

10/28/2016
Free Write

10/27/2016
Write a list of 10 "unwritten rules."

10/26/2016
You have mistakenly taken something that does not belong to you... to make matters worse, you don't even want this thing. What do you do?

10/25/2016
If you had the ability to make other people more intelligent, but could not use this ability on yourself, upon whom would you use it? Why? What would happen to them?

10/24/2016
Begin a story with this line: "Charlie was both the least and most intelligent person I have ever met..."

10/20/2016
FREE WRITE

10/19/2016
Your distant relative left you a fish processing plant in his will... how will you run it?

10/18/2016
You've been left alone in a large department store over night. What happens?

10/17/2016
Begin a story with this line: "For the first time in years, nobody is watching..."

10/13/2016
Write as though you were given the Algernon-Gordon surgery.

10/12/2016
Start a story with this line: "You can always find Harold simply by..."

10/11/2016
Write a highly detailed description of walking down a wooded path. NO STORY - JUST DESCRIPTION!

10/10/2016
Write about a cube - what sort of object is it? What is on each side? Is it solid or hollow? What is this object's significance?

10/7/2016
Free Write

10/6/2016
You found half a map. What is it a map of? Who has the other half? How will you get it?

10/5/2016
Write about reconnecting with an old friend. 

10/4/2016
Your character is going to the homecoming game after many years away from home. What happens?

10/3/2016
Write a story that starts with this line: "Nothing looked right in town when she returned home..."

9/30/2016
FREE WRITE

9/29/2016
You met an old person who you at first thought was crazy, but after hearing the story of his (or her) life, you have a lot of sympathy for him (or her).  What is this person's life story?

9/28/2016
You have two options: Do your homework or hide out in an abandoned building. Which do you choose? What happens?

9/27/2016
 You've received a large package 8'x4'x4' - from a long lost relative. On it is a note that says "If you have received this, it means I am dead. Please open this and finish what I started." What happens?

9/26/2016
Write a story that starts with this line: "She trusted everyone she met..."

9/22/2016
Happy first day of fall! Write a poem or short story about leaves changing. 

9/20/2016
You have spent three years under a vow of silence. Why did you take the vow? What would make you break it?

9/19/2016
Write a story that starts with this line: "They called him July, not because of the month he was born in, but because..."

9/16/2016
FREE WRITE

9/15/2016
You awoke in the dark - you can't see anything. You're sure you heard a sound; what was it? There it is again - or was that just the echo of a memory? ..... what happens next?

9/14/2016
Write a journal entry from the point of view of your favorite Disney character. 

9/12/2016
Today in history: Look up things that happened on this date in previous years, then write about one or more of them. 


9/9/2016
Free Write

9/8/2016
There is an animal following you. Are you scared? What kind of animal is it? What does it want?

9/7/2016
There is a locked door between you and what you want. How do you get past it?

9/6/2016
You found an old cardboard box in your great aunt's house. What is inside?

9/2/2016
Free Write

9/1/2016
Would you rather have the power of invisibility or flight? Why? How would you use your selected power?

8/31/2016
Survival kit - You have been given $1000 to create a survival kit that will fit inside of a typical backpack. This kit should help you through a natural disaster, and should have enough equipment to enable survival for 7-12 days. What do you put into your kit?

8/30/2016
You were running... but why? Were you chasing someone? Were you being chased? Were you just exercising? Were you getting help? Why were you running?

8/29/2016
Write a story that starts with the line, "At first we thought there were only three of them..."

8/26/2016
Free Write.

8/25/2016
Rewrite the lyrics of the song you wrote about yesterday making it boring instead of exciting.

8/24/2016
What song pumps you up? Write some of the lyrics and explain how they make you feel. 

8/23/2016
What are your top 5 rules for success in life?

8/22/2016
You and ten of your classmates have been stranded on an island. Who will be the leader? What rules will you have? Why?

8/19/2016
Tell me about 3 things you did this summer. 
Google Classroom Class Codes:
1st Hour: 3ald70
2nd Hour: f05pv7
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