The Hero’s Journey – Preparation for The Hobbit

Students, please watch this video based off of Joseph Campbell’s famous mono-myth of the hero’s journey. The different actions correspond to each hour around the clock. The graphic organizer that you will use as you read The Hobbit was created from this mono-myth.

Can you think of a book or movie (not Harry Potter or The Hunger Games) which you have read or seen that follows this mono-myth? Explain how it follows the hero’s journey cycle. One good paragraph and be sure to give the title of your book or movie. (Remember that the title of a book or movie is in capital letters.)

Did You Steal Frosty’s Nose?

Oh no!

A crime has been committed! Your footprints have been discovered at a crime scene which has stirred the nation: the theft of Frosty the Snowman’s nose! You claim you didn’t do it. Give your best alibi and explanation as to why your footprints were found at the crime scene.

You are writing one persuasive paragraph. While I do not want you to be silly, be clever and creative. You must persuade me that it could not possibly have been you who committed this terrible crime.

Everyone, have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

We return the week of January 2nd for more conversations!


Social Studies Minecraft City-State Project

Hi Students!

Let’s reflect on the Minecraft city-state project that you just completed in social studies. Please write at least one good paragraph thoroughly explaining your thoughts on the project and include the following prompts:

What was your contribution to the city-state?

What did you like most about the project?

What did you find the most challenging?

What advice or suggestions do you have for improving the project next year?

The questions do not have to be followed in this order, and also please do not mention partner names or mention specific problems you might have had in this regard. You can discuss the challenges when working collaboratively, though. Be respectful. If you would like to answer in multiple paragraphs, remember to add an extra return. Use an introductory sentence and conclude with something thoughtful.




Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween History

Describe your favorite Halloween costume so far. It could be from when you were a toddler to what you will be wearing this year. Be descriptive using those adjectives we just reviewed.

Also, can you describe a particularly funny or scary Halloween? Something that happened when you went trick or treating? I know you all have great stories to tell!

Two paragraphs one for each. I’m looking for creative opening lines and thoughtful concluding sentences. Remember to add in an extra return to indicate a new paragraph.



(Funny pictures taken at the scariest moment from Nightmares Fear Factory haunted house.)

Which Core Value is You?

Hi Students,

I define a Core Value as a central belief that is deeply understood and shared by every member of an organization or community. At Shorecrest, we are focusing on these five Core Values this year: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Knowledge, and Compassion.

In one or two good paragraphs, pick the Core Value that is the most important one to you and tell how you will model this Core Value this year. How will you demonstrate this Core Value? What will you do? How is this Core Value you?

Be sure that how you model your Core Value is doable, and any goals you may set for yourself reasonably attainable.

Remember to begin with an interesting lead and finish with a concluding sentence leaving the reader with something to think about. Also, add in an extra return to indicate a new paragraph should you write more than one.