One of Jesse's eighth-grade students submitted an essay that began with the following sentence:

"Unlike Old English, which tended largely to adopt Late West Saxon scribal conventions in the immediate pre-Conquest period, Middle English as a written language displays a wide variety of scribal (and presumably dialectal) forms.

No, the student is not a known genius, and, yes, they've had conversations about plagiarism before. That aside, when he read the sentence to me and said it was from a junior-higher, I laughed out loud, long and hard.


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