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  • Hello, and welcome to 8th Grade English with Mr. Rowe! I love everything to do with writing, reading, and storytelling, and I can’t wait to get this year rolling and see the growth you all will make. I hold master’s degrees in English and Creative Writing, and I have written many novels and short stories. A few more fun facts about me: I wrote and directed movies in high school and college, I’m a big believer in eating pumpkin foods year-round, and I enjoy going for runs with my two goldendoodles, Bentley and Charlie!

     

    In my class you will be doing lots of reading analysis, grammar lessons, critical thinking activities, vocabulary building, and, of course, writing! We will build a community of learning where all participants can safely try new things with the positive support of teachers and peers. We are here to help each and every one of you succeed because we are a community of learners.

     

    If at any point you feel overwhelmed, nervous, or even scared… please don’t! I have never met a student who wanted to succeed in my class that wasn’t able to with some effort on their part. Success comes in many forms. I am here to help you, and I love what I do. This will be an exciting and fun year with lots of opportunities to showcase your skills and talents!

     

    ROOM NUMBER: 518

    BRIAN'S E-MAIL: browe@washoeschools.net

     

    Schedule — Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 4

    Mon Nov 30 (B) / Tues Dec 1 (A): Laptop Work (NewsELA / FlipGrid / Teams)

    DL Dec 1 (B) / Wed Dec 2 (A): NewsELA Assignment / Keep Reading Book / Work on Project

    Wed Dec 2 (B) / Thurs Dec 3 (A): Story vs. Plot / Characterization / Writing Journal #3

    DL Thurs Dec 3 (B) / Fri Dec 4 (A) : FlipGrid Assignment / Keep Reading Book / Work on Project

    Fri Dec 4 (B): TBA

    IF YOU WERE ABSENT AT ALL THIS QUARTER AND NEED TO MAKE-UP ANY MISSING IN-CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENTS, HERE ARE THE DETAILS...
     
    SHORT STORY #1: Write a scene of dialogue between a police officer and the woman he pulls over. Write the scene in a way where the woman gets out of the ticket. (15 Points)
     
    SHORT STORY #2: Write a scene of two best friends walking home late at night who come across a ghost. Use dialogue in the scene and make sure to describe both the setting and the ghost. (15 Points)
     
    WRITING JOURNAL #1: Compare the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson with the 18-minute short film The Lottery. How are they different? How are they similar? Which one do you like better? (15 points) (Can find the movie on Youtube — just search The Lottery 1969)
     
    WRITING JOURNAL #2: Write an objective summary of your haunted house story and tell me two things you think you did well and two things you struggled with. (15 Points)
     
    SACRED WRITING #1: Write an objective summary (one paragraph) of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. (10 Points)
     
    SACRED WRITING #2: Write an objective summary of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. (10 Points)
     
    SACRED WRITING #3: Pick something that is bad for your health (junk food, smoking, drugs, lack of sleep) and write a sample introductory paragraph to an argument essay on that subject. (10 Points)
     
    SACRED WRITING #4: Use that same topic from Sacred Writing #3 and write a paragraph with evidence of COUNTERARGUMENT about your topic. What might someone disagree with you about? (10 Points)
     
    SACRED WRITING #5: Use that same topic from Sacred Writing #3 and #4 and write a paragraph with the following quote: "It can have many longterm negative effects of your health." How would you include that quote? How do you introduce and explain the quote? (10 Points)
     
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