Casey Townsend
8th Grade English

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Welcome to the 4th 9 weeks!


I miss you all, and pray each of you are doing well!! 

Gator Love, 

Mrs. Townsend

Online Learning Assignments

Distance Learning May 4-8 

Monday May 4 

This week we will start reviewing types of irony. Today, please watch the video, and using the note template in the documents section (irony notes from video) please identify the types of irony in the video and what makes each type.


Tuesday May 5

Please read the powerpoint (dramatic irony) in the documents section. Our main focus with irony this week will be on dramatic irony. 

Please read "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson (located in the documents section) and take litnotes on the story.


Wednesday May 6

Please finish reading "The Lottery" and finish LitNotes on the story


Thursday May 7

Please watch the video on "The Lottery". You will be asked to write a narrative tomorrow, so please watch how the author uses dramatic irony in the writing and the video.


Friday May 8

Pick ONE of the following prompts to generate a narrative that contains Dramatic Irony. Character names can be changed. Elaborate with details as needed.
For Suspense:
1. Framed. Jill thinks that she was responsible for the car accident that hurt her sister, an all-star cheerleader whose career came to an end. The readers have known all along that the accident was deliberately caused by a jealous rival on the cheerleading squad. 
2. Jack is accused of a crime he did not commit. He fakes his death and assumes another identity in order to find out who tried to frame him. The readers have known all along that Jack’s best friend Bob is actually his worst enemy.
For Humor:
1. Eddie Haskell is a bully and a liar to his classmates. Around adults, he is extremely polite and respectful. The adults believe “he is such a nice boy.” 
2. A character pretends to be something he is not. Jack pretends to be very smart in order to impress Jill who is in all the honors courses. The readers know that Jack struggles academically, but Jill believes his act until ….











Reading Resources

While we are facing quarantine from the outbreak of COVID-19, I have included free online resources that will help occupy your time and keep your reading stamina strong. I hope to see you all again soon! 

  • The Libby App will allow you to digitally access ebooks and audiobooks through your library card.
  • contains a massive online collection of public domain books and stories sorted by genre
  • links to free online reads at this link:
  • Project Gutenberg Over 60,000 free ebooks
  • offers a variety of resources about pop culture (movies, music and TV) that students might enjoy
  • free and in ereader format And even
  • YouTube has a great collection of free audiobooks.

Casey Townsend
About the Teacher


I attended THE University of Mississippi where I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in English and History. In December of 2015, I graduated with my Masters Degree in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University. I offically recieved my National Board Certification in December of 2019!  Hotty Toddy!!

This will be my eighth year teaching and my seventh at Lake Cormorant Middle School. Before I came to LC, I taught one year at Steens Creek Elementary in Rankin County. I am so excited to be apart of the gator family. Welcome to the Swamp! 

My name is Casey Townsend and this is my seventh year teaching at Lake Cormorant Middle School. I am a proud Army brat and have lived all over the country, but I graduated high school in Kansas. The midwest will always have a special place in my heart, but now my family calls Oxford, Mississippi home. I have a twin sister who has given me the great joy of being an aunt to two precious little boys and one beautiful little girl! I got married on October 11, 2014 and we welcomed a baby boy into our family in October 2016. We are currently expecting a little girl, due in July 2020! I am so excited to be at LC again this year and am so excited to be your child's teacher! 8th grade is such an important year for students! GO GATORS AND WELCOME TO THE SWAMP! 


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Bell Schedule

Doors Open for Students at 7:45am

8:00-8:48         1st Period 

8:52-9:40         2nd Period 

9:40-9:47         Break/Transition 

9:47-10:10       Gator Goal Time 

10:14-11:02     3rd Period 

11:06-11:54     4th Period 

11:58-1:07        5th Period (Mrs. Townsend's planning period)

     12:46-1:07 (8th grade Lunch) 

1:10-1:58         6th Period (Mrs. Townsend's study skills) 

2:01-2:49         7th Period 

2:52-3:40         8th Period