Grade 8 Five Paragraph Essay and Literary Response Package Due Date December 15th in a folder Part One



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Five Paragraph Essay and Literary Response Package

Due Date December 15th in a folder
Part One:

You must complete 3 essays on the following topics. Each essay must be 500 words and follow a clear essay structure with introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Notes on essay are on the website at mrsmelindacochrane.weebly.com


Essay One
What is the best way to study for a test? What strategies do you use?
Essay Two
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
Essay Three
What is your favorite text emoticon, and why?
Part Two: Write a response on the following poems. Make sure to answer the questions within the response.
Poem #1

Mother to Son

By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor—

Bare.

But all the time



I’se been a-climbin’ on,

And reachin’ landin’s,

And turnin’ corners,

And sometimes goin’ in the dark

Where there ain’t been no light.

So boy, don’t you turn back.

Don’t you set down on the steps

’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.

Don’t you fall now—

For I’se still goin’, honey,

I’se still climbin’,

And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.


Poem #2

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps

on the back of the wind   

and floats downstream   

till the current ends

and dips his wing

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and   

his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings   

with a fearful trill   

of things unknown   

but longed for still   

and his tune is heard   

on the distant hill   

for the caged bird   

sings of freedom.


The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn

and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams   

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream   

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied   

so he opens his throat to sing.


The caged bird sings   

with a fearful trill   

of things unknown   

but longed for still   

and his tune is heard   

on the distant hill   

for the caged bird   

sings of freedom.



Poem #1 Literary Response – 500 words
Question: What was the main theme of this poem? What metaphor is the poet using? Why? What are the messages in the poem? Why do you think the author wrote the poem? What does the crystal stair represent?
Homework- Research the author and provide a one paragraph bio with your assignment. (for both writers)
Poem #2 Literary Response- 500 words
Question: What was the main theme of this poem? What metaphor is the poet using? Why? What are the messages in the poem? Why do you think the author wrote the poem? Why do you think the author wrote about a caged bird?


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