Mrs. Kelly Sims - Junior High English Language Arts

Mrs. Kelly Sims - Junior High English Language Arts

Mrs. Kelly Sims - Junior High English Language Arts

Mrs. Kelly Sims - Junior High English Language Arts


Have a blessed Advent!
    Only two weeks until Christmas break!  Let's make them productive weeks!

Following break, we will begin work on our biography book reports.  More information will be given in January.  Be thinking about whom you would like to study!

This week our 8th graders will prepare for their Diary of Anne Frank test while the students prepare for their Maniac Magee and "Sentences" test.  7th graders will complete their sports magazines.

Be sure to take some time to look over my website.  I update the information each week, giving you information about what we're doing in class each week as well as projected assignments and projects for each grade level.
Don't hesitate to email me with any questions you may have!
Throughout the year, students will do a variety of writing assignments and projects in class where they will use the schools laptops. It is really important for the them to have a USB flash drive so they can save their work.








These assignments are projected and may be subject to change if the schedule should be changed, if our pace is not as quick as I predicted, or if we need to spend a bit more time on the lesson.  Assignments won't be due any earlier; however, they maybe pushed back a day or two!


6th Grade

Simple Solutions lessons 61-64
English book pages 70-72
Maniac Magee test


7th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 61-64
English book pages 242-243 # 1-22
English book pages 262-263 #16-30
English book pages245-246 # 1-38
Fever 1793 chapters 12-15
Spelling lesson 13



8th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 61-64
Anne Frank test
Spelling lesson 13
English book pages 359-360 # 1-20
English book page 389





























English, we will begin studying types of sentences. 
This week we will review for the test over sentences.  The test will be December 20.

In literature we will take the test over Maniac Magee on Friday, December 15.













In English, 7th graders will continue chapter 5, Writing Mechanics.  This week we will continue discussing writing direct quotations and begin discussing writing titles..

For writing, students will continue writing and creating sports magazines. 


In literature, we will begin reading Fever 1793 .  This week we will read chapters 12-15.



















In English, 8th graders will continue studying prepositional phrases.  We will discuss participles and participial phrases.

They will continue working on their enrichment research project for Diary of Anne Frank.


In literature, 8th graders will finished reading Diary of Anne Frank. The test will be Friday.

















Bonus activities:  choose any of the bonus activities for your grade level. 

6th grade bonus activities:

 1.  Design a Card:  Imagine you work for a greeting card company.  You are asked to design a birthday card.  Fold a sheet of paper in half.  Think of a birthday message that contains all four sentence types - declarative, exclamatory, interrogative, and imperative.  Write the message on the card, using correct punctuation.  Illustrate the front of the card.

2.  Pyramid Description: Write a five-line pyramid description.  See the example.  Line one: simple subject.  Line two: add a simple predicate.  Line three: add descriptive words to the subject.   Line four: add 'and' and another verb to form a compound predicate.  Line five: Add a subordinating conjunction and another sentence to form a complex sentenct.


                                                                                             Wind Blows

                                                                                         A raw wind blows.

                                                                                 A raw wind blows and howls.

                                                                 A raw wind blows and howls before the rain begins.



7th grade bonus activities:

1. Choose two nouns that are opposites, such as morning and evening.  Write a seven-line poem about them.  Center each line to make a diamond.  Write one noun in line one and the other in line seven.  Write the following in lines 2-6:  Line two: two adjectives that describe  the noun in line one.  Line three:  three present participles that describe the noun in line one.  Line four: four nouns that relate to either the noun in line one or in line seven.  Line five: Three present participles that describe the noun in line seven.  Line six: two adjectives that describe the noun in line seven.


                                                                                    dark, mysterious

                                                                             falling, lasting, changing

                                                                       stars, sunshine, moonlight, mist

                                                                           breaking, shining, dawning

                                                                                     light, beautiful




8th grade bonus activities:

 1. Clause Capers:  Choose a subordinating conjunction from page 408.  Write a subordinate clause starting with that conjunction. Make each following word begin with the next letter of the conjunction. Underline the first letter of each word.  Then add an independent clause to form a complex sentence.  See how many sentences you can write using the same subordinating conjunction.


                                     Unless Ned Lehman eats some supper, he won't have energy for the soccer game.