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This page features information about Mr. Turner's Communication Arts classes.


"We can't wait until we get to Mr. Turner's class."

   Over a five-week period beginning the third week of the third quarter, students in Mr. Turner's eighth grade communication arts classes will undertake a research project. Students will choose a topic pertaining to The Civil Rights Movement.
   The project is worth 1,000 points, including:
100- Thesis statement
200- First draft of research paper
100- Oral presentation
100- Multi-media project
300- Final draft of research paper
100- Bibliography
100- Meeting deadlines
Research papers must be at least 1,000 words.
Each paper must include information from 10 sources, with at least two of them being books.
First Week- Research in MAC Lab
Second Week- Work in Room 210 to put together materials, research in library. Thesis statement due at the end of the week
Third Week- The first draft will be due on Thursday of the project's third week.
Fourth Week- Students will give oral presentations and multi-media presentations.
Fifth Week- Students will turn in final draft at the end of the fifth week.
Exact dates will be put in when we reach the third quarter.

About this class

The emphasis in eighth grade communication arts is preparing students for the type of writing they will do in high school, in college, and for the rest of their lives.
We will do approximately 35 to 40 papers this year, including opinion papers, explanatory essays, and comparison and contrast papers based on discussion and research. During the 2005-2006 school year, students will use the six-trait writing method which has been adopted for use in all Joplin R-8 schools.
The class also does regular exercises in grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
On days, when they don't have writing assignments, the students begin the hour by writing a one-half page prompt which is on the board when they enter the room. The prompts will also be listed on this page from now on.
We will also do some larger research papers, including a major paper over the Civil Rights movement during the third quarter.
Anyone with questions about the communication arts classes can reach me at the school, 417-625-5280, at home at 417-206-0585, or by e-mail at

Extra Credit Project

Students wishing to improve their grades in Mr. Turner's Communication Arts classes may choose to participate in the extra-credit project, which will begin Sept. 27.

Students have the following choices for their projects:

1. Write a novel.

2. Write a book of poetry

3. Write a two or three-act play.

4 Write a collection of short stories.

5.Other idea involving writing suggested by the student and approved by the teacher.

Projects are checked on a weekly basis. Any student who makes progress on his or her project receives 25 bonus points per week.
Students are allowed to switch their extra credit projects with approval from the teacher.

Elements in Literature

Elements of Language


Monday, Jan. 8-Friday, Jan. 12- Research for Third Quarter Civil Rights Research Project will take place in the MAC Lab this week.

Next Week

Monday, Jan. 15- No School, Martin Luther King's Birthday

Tuesday, Jan. 16-Wednesday, Jan. 17- Research in library.

Thursday, Jan. 18-Friday, Jan. 19- Organize reseach material, work on thesis statement

Possible Topics for Research Project
Freedom Riders
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Little Rock Nine
Integration of Major League Baseball
Mississippi Murders/Freedom Summer
Emmett Till Murder
Birmingham Church Bombing/Four Little Girls
Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr
Assassination of Malcolm X
Assassination of Medgar Evers
Voting Rights Act/Selma Protest
March on Washington/I Have a Dream Speech
Brown vs. Board of Education
Civil Rights Act of 1968
KKK Trials
Media's Role in Civil Rights Movement