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8th grade Communications

ONE MORE WEEK!!!!

I'M SURE MY 8TH GRADERS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL SUMMER AND ARE EAGER TO FIND HIGH SCHOOL JUST ON THE HORIZON.

I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF YEARS TO COME.  


VACATION TIME:
I plan on a little vacation from school also.  Therefore, you won't see these pages changing often; BUT I will drop in occasionally to send you some fun things to read or games to do, puzzles to solve, etc.  So, look in here occasionally.


ALL SCHOOL REUNION:
  Don't forget to remind Mom and Dad that our school district is having an all school years reunion during the first week of June.  Dates and activities will be in the newspaper.  I probably taught many of your moms and dads and hope to see them during that time to relive some memories and see what they look like all grown up!


So long for now. In a few days I have some new material to share with you so look in again.  Bye now,  

Due by May 3rd:
Assignment 1
"This is Mine" creative writing using descriptive words. One good, 'proofread' article following the formula on your quide sheet.
(similar to this:)  
This is my__(sneakers, room, bike, notebook)_________

Words describing whatever it is in line 1

Repeat line 1
more description

repeat line 1 again
more description with a humorous conclusion
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STUDENT PAPERS
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This is my basketball

It's round and has black lines on it.
It's very old and very sad.

This is my basketball.

Flat and worn out;
When I look at it, it makes me sad.

This is my basketball.

If my basketball was inflated,
I bet I could beat you!
                          SE
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These are my CD's
They are different and new
and very cool.

They are my CD's.

All new and different colors;
When I see them, I'm fascinated.

These are my CD's from my parents.

I don't know what I would
do without them.
I like them a lot and I appreciate them.

These are my CD's, but

My parents are my idols.
                                   VS
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These are my boots.

When they were new,
they were brown and blue.

They are my boots.

All scratched and torn;
When I look at them,
I see how they are all old and worn.

These are my boots.

I think I want a new pair, but
this kind of boots you can wear and wear.
                                          BG.
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Assignment 2
Write 5 "Terse Verse" rhymes.
example:  What do you call a supremely contented Persian cat?
          A purry furry.

These items will go in your class book publication.

***********Student Terse Verse contributions:****************

What do you call a flower that sleeps all day?
~a Lazy Daisy                     hb

What do you call a minister who gives education?
~a preacher teacher               hb

What does Mickey Mouse live in?
~a mouse house                    vs

What do you call unintelligent Juicyfruit?
~dumb gum                         se

What do you call an angry father?
~a mad dad                        bg

What do you call a curvy den?              
~a wavey cavey                  bg

What do you call an unreal birthday dessert?
~a fake cake                      ef




Due May 5th:

 Hand in your own designed reading game you have been planning using either compound words, synonyms, or homonyms from your study word lists.  Be sure to include written instructions telling how to play the game you make, how to score, etc.  Games will be displayed and your classmates will help evaluate whether your game instructions are adequate for proper play.


Review tip:
WHAT IS A NOUN?  

How many times in your school life have you been asked that question?  Too many!  Most often you are assured that a noun is a person, a place, a thing, or an idea.   If that hasn't worked for you, try this:  any word that sounds correct with "a, an, or the" before it, is a noun.  Any word that must be capitalized all the time is a noun:
such as Washington Monument, Andrew,  or Kansas
Try it! put one of those words before the words listed below and X through those that are NOT nouns.
for example, "a was" does not make sense, so is not a noun.

Remember, use A with words starting with consonants,
and use AN with words starting with vowels:
an apple                 a banana.

country
sailed
statue
open
against
television
holiday
river
last
relatives
truth
explorer
usually
Sunday
Montana
Norway
raked
watches


Answers:

a country
a statue
the television
the holiday
the river
the relatives
the truth
an explorer
Sunday (capitalized always)
Montana (capitalized always)
Norway  (capitalized always)
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