Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cask of Amontillado Narrative

After having read "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, you are going to put your narrative writing skills to work and choose one of the three options below to explore more in writing.

1- You are Montresor and need to explain the details of your confession. Where are you? Why did you do it? What was the insult/background story? Why kill him in the way that you did?

2- You are a local police detective and you have been tasked with investigating the disappearance of Fortunato. Retrace his steps leading up to his disappearance. Remember to interview anyone that may have seen him that night. After gathering all of your information, write a detailed missing person's report on behalf of Fortunato's family detailing Fortunato's last day on earth.

3- Imagine that it is fifty years after Montresor's crime against Fortunato has been committed. Montresor believes that he has gotten away with this crime, but suddenly new evidence has come to light. Another festival attendant recalls seeing Fortunato leave the party with Montresor. This witness hasn't come forward until now because she was afraid of what he might do; however now that she is old, she has decided that there is nothing to gain by continuing to hide his secret.

The authorities have picked up Montresor and brought him to the local police station for questioning. Write a one page dialogue that illustrates Montresor's conversation with police. 

***Make sure to include specific facts from the text. You'll have to use your imagination and knowledge on narrative elements in your writing, but all elements should be believable. ***

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. [W-8.3]

Monday, October 20, 2014

Time Travel - 8th grade

Format: Interview

Q: Where would you go?
Q:To which year or period would you travel?
Q: Who would you want to meet or what event would you want to witness?
Q: Where would you find this person or see this event?
Q: Why would you want to meet this person or witness this event?
Q: How might YOU change history?

New Ending to "The Lady or the Tiger?- 7th grade

You will be creating an ending to "The Lady or the Tiger?"

You need to keep the characteristics that Stockton has already created for your characters.

  • You many change the POV
  • You MUST include details, details, details!
  • Have fun!

Friday, October 17, 2014

1st Quarter Reflections

We have reached the end of 1st Quarter...can you believe it?! Now take a moment to reflect on what you have learned so far. Some questions to consider:

Where are you in your 40 Book Challenge? How have your blogs been progressing since August? What strategies have benefited you? What have you learned about the world? How have your research skills improved?

Make sure to include a topic sentence and supporting details that fully support your main idea.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Passion Project

Since we have spent the last couple of weeks delving into our passions, now is the time to put our pencil to the paper and begin to commit to what project or passion you will focus on.

Some questions to ponder...

What do you want to do for your passion project? What will this look like? How long will this take to achieve?

Why do you want to do this for your project? What are you looking to achieve? How will you know if you've been successful?