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Eighth Grade English

Guidelines for Filming your freshman speech

1. Look nice. Look as you would if you were giving your freshman speech live. Shabbat clothing, is perhaps a good rule.
2. use a tripod, or something to hold the camera still.
3. The camera should be about 3-4 feet  away, held horizontally, at or below eye level. See the below frames. Waist up, is a good frame to shoot for. 
4. Avoid: being back lit.
5. Favor more depth in the background. I.e. don't stand against a wall.
6. Look directly into the camera.
7. You can hold your speech, and look down occasionally to keep your place.
8. Be yourself!  You are the amazing class of 2020--you are inventing the form as you go!
9. If you mess up badly, you have to start over. Ultimately, we will use the best single take of your speech.
10. If you have a second recording device, i.e. a phone, using voice memos, place the device closer to you but hidden from the camera. This will give us a better audio recording.

Right Now

The Spelling Bee!

Literary Analysis

Sentence or Fragment Challenge

What stories mean, and how they make meaning: two questions of the literary and visual arts.
More words for the spelling BEE!
Fire and Ice
by Robert Frost
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

What We're Reading

First Quarter:

Light in the Forest
Set in the mid 1700's in the Ohio river valley, this story uses changing 3rd person points of view to present the conflict between the colonists and the native americans.

Light in the Forest Reading Guide
Eyewitness to history: Captured by Indians
Light in the Forest ESSAY OUTLINE

Second Quarter:
The Chosen
Fourth Quarter

Criss Cross
Thoughts and Reviews of Lynn Rae Perkins's novel about 14 year olds who long to connect with the world.

The Criss Cross SSRQ

Syllabus and Paperwork

English 8 Closet

Animated Poetry

The Journal Greatest Hits

Your homework: write! A journal entry should be perhaps a page + long.  Writers are expected  to write TWO entries per 5 day week, OR an equivalent amount. That is, a single, longer comprehensive entry can count as multiple entries, depending on quality. In general, the entry should take 20-30 minutes to complete. For more detailed instructions, click on the Journal Rubric below:
A to Z
Home Street
Name GameI
Instructions of You
Rorschach Blot Poetry
The Caledar Year in Review: Highs and Lows
The Message Map
Tony Robbins: On Gratitude
Love Letter between Inanimate Objects
Turbo Encabulate Your Writing!
The Six Sentence Paragraph
Letter to a Friend Poem
Write a Multiple Choice Quiz
Mondegreen Poetry, in 3 parts
More Recommends
Letter of Recommendation
Pros and Cons
True and Not True
The ESP, the Eight sentence paragraph
Picture Story
Yes And
Story Machine
Thank You Notes
Prequels and Sequels
Ghost Stories!
A Void (a lipogram)
The Univolic
The Lesson
Last Night I Saw_____ and I hate that!
Break a Pencil
Page 217 of your 300 page autobiography
Writing in a Collective Voice
How do you feel about Wednesdays?
An open letter to someone or something unlikely to respond
A thousand petty cares
the day you never want to relive
The Movie Logline Game
Pixar's Rule #4
I believe in
The Great Debates
The List
Russel Edson Poetry
One syllable
20 Poetry Projects
Finish the Story
Fake Illness and drug journal
Where Am I?: A Pie Chart
In which a thing happens
What Doesn't Matter:A List
Surreal Cafe, in 6 parts
Writer's Block breakers from world authors 
Magic Story
The History of the Future
read dozens of haiku then transcribe your favorite TWO. Then compose four original haiku that achieve satori.

From Grammar proceeds Logic

From Parts of Speech, to Punctuation, to Writing Clarity, at the
Grammarly Handbook
Learn about Grammar, Great Sentences, and Paragraph Composion at this Guide to Grammar and Writing