English 8 – Monday, April 6th

IMPORTANT:  See today’s extra post titled BIG CHANGES! to see how it can make your school work easier (or more worth your time).

  1. Indie read – 15 to 20 🙂
  2. Quickwrite* #25:  Using your MG topic as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either a text conversation between two people (real or fictional) or a Top 10 list (with or without reasons) (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *A new video is available at the e8mg20 Flipgrid that talks through how these quickwrites work and what they are “for” – check it out if you need clarification on what you should be doing here.
  3. BIG CHANGES – See the separate posts and/or Flipgrid videos at flipcode e8mg20 (MGoverview section) to see how these changes benefit YOU!
  4. It’s time to start writing.  Where will you begin?  That is up to you.  First mark:  you will need minimum 4 pages (not counting your title page) complete.  You might start with your research piece – or maybe poetry – or dear reader – or even extra genres that you have in mind (use your notebook for inspiration here – you might have something recent worth developing further).  This 4 pages, to be clear, can be a variety of things adding up to 4 pages.  You can move, change, and rearrange it all later.  Just write it.  You are welcome to keep it all one document (that’s what I would do) or you could make several individual docs for now and combine them later if you want (that’s more work, but organize as you wish).
  5. UPDATED – Over the weekend, I noticed some outdated info on MG FAQs page – check it out for updates.  Click the tab at the top labeled “Multi-Genre FAQs” – for a question-answer format that might address or clarify questions you have about your project.
  6. “Ideals” sheet – this is NOT a rubric, but just a quick guide on what you might be going for in any of the “required” genres of your paper.  Check it out here: MG Ideals Rubric ENG 8 version
  7. Don’t give up.  Keep working at whatever step you are on. You can still make up anything you are missing.


  • EXTENDED!! Mark #1 is 4 – 6 pages (your choice as to what that might include) – due end of day TUESDAY 4/7 WEDNESDAY 4/8


  • Your MGIdeas & MGDesigns have some feedback – check it out by opening your doc in MSWord (I’ll be rechecking folders for progress today)
  • VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS again this week Tuesday & Thursday from 10 – 12.  It was so good to see some of you this week!  Stop by to ask questions, get feedback, or just check-in. 🙂 (Use the same invite in your email last week – if you need a new one, let me know)
  • BookTalk! There are some good ones posted (and I’m about to check who has booktalked to show complete in Skyward)

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