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Mr. Steven Ray Parker
stevenp@psdschools.org
970-488-5476

8th Grade English
Kinard Computer Club Adviser

PSD Mentoring Advisory Board
National Writing Project Fellow

B.A. English - University of North Texas
M.A. English Literature - Colorado State University
M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Colorado State University



8th Grade Writing Focus: ARGUMENT
*The ability to present both sides without bias
*The ability to scrutinize and evaluate all sources for bias
*The ability to write logically and present an original argument
*The ability to write a variety of argumentative paragraphs, essays, and more
*The ability to locate author's purpose in all forms of Literature
*OVERALL PURPOSE: The ability to be a strong observer of the world, to form opinions based on facts, to organize and present findings and ideas in a cohesive format, to use logical reasoning over emotion

My favorite living things (besides STUDENTS!) are -
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THE PANDA

AND
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THE DRAGONFLY


Syllabus and Overview:


Reading Comprehension Questions Parents Can Ask at Home:


Link to the Core Knowledge Sequence:
Core Knowledge Sequence

Helpful Link to Literary Devices and Definitions:
Literary Devices and Definitions

Said Substitutes
"Said" Substitutes


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"Imagination is the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to imagine that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
J. K. Rowling