As eighth grade English began in August, we set up MLA standards and class expectations for writing, vocabulary, close readings, and grammar review.  We have completed Jody’s journey with THE RED PONY, while adding information concerning John Steinbeck, the Nobel Laureate.

We continue to train our writer’s eye as we note the details of the world around us, even connecting Greek myths to some of the plants and blossoms in the classroom.  We continue to write to solidify our thinking process.

Through September, the class will address the macabre works of Edgar Allan Poe reviewing “The Tell Tale Heart and “The Cask of Amontillado,” along with two of his poems.  Greek mythology beckons and remains a treat to explore, using Edith Hamilton’s definitive MYTHOLOGY.



We’ve memorized Robert Burns’s lasting quote: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray and leave us nought but grief and pain for promised joy,” which supplied the title for one of Steinbeck’s best known novels and occasionally characterizes our days.

We’re off and running.

Jacqueline Warfel

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