Pretest. We’ll get started on the pretest as soon you you come in so you have plenty of time. Don’t worry, this test does not go in the gradebook. It just lets me know what we need to focus on this year. I’ll pass out textbooks while you work on the test. You can leave the text book in your locker. I have a class set to use when we read stories in class. Hopefully, you will have time to read once you finish.
Read first fifteen minutes of class. The rule of write about a pebble. The best poems–and writing–are grounded in specific concrete objects. Look over the drafts of your poems. Are you writing about something in general (puppies, love, friends, family, nature), or are you writing about a specific fall day, a kitten you play with, a time you went camping, the amazing sunset you saw last night. Revise one of your poems by focusing on something specific. OR choose an object from my collection to write about. Genre notes on historical fiction.
Read first fifteen minutes of class. Cut to the bone. Poetry packs a punch–putting as much meaning into as few of words as possible. One way to revise your writing is to cut out unnecessary words. Some writers say that you can cut as much as 50% of a first draft and not lose any meaning. Be ruthless. Cut out any word you don’t need. Where can you replace a phrase with a more powerful word?
LIBRARY. Library day is all about the books. Miss Bowman will give us a brief orientation to the library. Take advantage of the much bigger selection of books available. Then we get lots of time to read!
Read first fifteen minutes of class. Welcome to blogging! Today you will get your very own blog and write your first blog post. It’s easy. Your post will list five things you like about 8th grade. Follow the directions listed here to get started logging in and writing your first post. If you have time, visit your classmates’ blogs and leave them a friendly comment.