Archive for October, 2015


Posted: October 29, 2015 in Home

Here is a link to the full text of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley.

A perfect day to write Gothic fiction!!

Posted: October 28, 2015 in Home

Gloomy and grey with a damp chill…a drear and melancholy breeze blows the rain like tears from above…It’s a great day to work on your Gothic fiction! Find inspiration in this weather; it could very well suit your story.

Attention all classes: Gothic Fiction

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Home

Since we will be reporting directly to the library for the next couple of days, I have put your homework in this post.

1). The covers for your stories are due on Thursday.
2). Bring a flash drive to school tomorrow

Vocabulary Test Tomorrow

Posted: October 21, 2015 in Home

Be sure to study for your vocabulary test tomorrow. Remember: you need to know the parts of speech for the words, and you must be able to use them effectively in sentences.

Yellow Handout for All Classes

Posted: October 18, 2015 in Home

It is THAT time of the year–time for Gothic fiction!

Here is a yellow handout for creative writing: writing process two minds

Here is a creative writing rubric: Creative writing rubric fiction

We can use these to bring your characters alive! Watch this video and think about how Dr. Frankenstein and his guests represent the two minds detailed in the handout I have provided.

There will another vocabulary test next Thursday, October 22nd. I have attached the study guide here: 8th grade goth vocab wksht monkey

The words come from the story, “The Monkey’s Paw,” in our textbooks. Of course you realize that we will be reading this story by then–hint — hint. There is nothing to prevent you from reading ahead….

Also, did you look at the post for those who want to read ahead? I included a link to the story we will read this week: Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.”

Effort makes a difference, but we must have the will to try, the desire to attain success. We must also crave knowledge; we must want to know in order to improve ourselves. Another saying is “where there is a will there is a way.” If you have the motivation to make the effort great, no impediment can stop you from achieving your goals.

Only by seeking will you find. Remember: those who seek nothing will find just that.