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

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We're starting to get some nice fall weather.  It's a beautiful time of the year.  Get outside and enjoy God's gift of nature.

Congratulations to our girls' and boys' cross country teams!  You had a great season and you did really well on Saturday despite the cold temperatures!
Things are busy in junior high ELA.  Each grade level is working hard on grammar, writing, literature, and Simple Solutions.
It's going to be a busy end of the trimester. 



6th Grade
Simple Solutions 33-36, with the quiz on Friday

Spelling lesson 9 is due Friday
English book pages 78
' Writing Good Sentences' smart board work in class
On My Honor guided reading for chapters 4-6
Newbery journal #2 is due October 30

7th Grade
Simple Solutions 33-36, with quiz being Friday
Spelling quiz 9 is next Monday due to the short week
English book 113 # 1-24 (evens)
English book pg 114 # 25-28 and 29-48 (evens)
English book page 115 #48-72
Heat chapters 17-23 due next week
Outdoor Ed reflection paper is due October 31
Newbery journal #2 is due October 23

8th Grade

Simple Solutions 33-36, with the quiz being Friday
Spelling quiz 9 on Monday
Interrogative pronouns smart board work done in class
Interrogative pronouns page 313-314 # 1-20
Zach's Lie chapters 13-16 due Tuesday
Zach's Lie quiz chapters 13-16 next Wednesday





























We will continue our chapter types of sentences.  We will begin the second half of the chapter next week.
This week we will concentrate on writing good sentences

6th graders' received information about their Newbery book report.  Their second set of journal questions is due October 30th.

In literature we began reading On My Honor last week.  On My Honor is a Newbery Award winning book that takes place near Starved Rock State Park in our own Illinois!  This would be a good time of the year to enjoy this beautiful park!  This week we will discuss chapters 4-6 guided reading and begin reading chapters 4-6.  There will be a short quiz after chapter 6.


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In English, 7th graders will continue studying verbs.  We've covered verb and verb phrases. This week we will review simple verb tenses, followed by helping verbs.  In 7th grade the students take an open-note quiz after every two lessons.  Taking good notes is of the utmost importance.
This week we will discuss the principal parts of verbs as well as perfect tenses of verbs.  There will be a lot of practice so they get the hang of it before we go on to bigger things.

 7th graders are working on their next big writing assignment.  They are to write a reflection on their Outdoor Ed experience.  Specific instructions and how I am scoring this paper were given in class. The typed paper is due October 31.

7th graders were given information about their trimester one book report.  They should be working on their 2nd set of journal questions which are due October 23. They should be thinking about their board games.

In literature, we will continue reading Heat. This week we will begin reading chapters 17-23. We are now over 3/4 through the book.  7th graders should begin collecting and going over their previous guided reading assignments in preparation for the test over the book.

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8th graders are working on pronouns in English.  We've discussed personal pronouns, pronoun numbers, and pronouns and antecedents.  Now we are beginning work on  writing with compound pronouns.  8th graders take a quiz after every two lessons to make sure they are strong in their abilities.  The quizzes are open-note, so taking good notes is extremely important, and one they will need for high school.

This week we will discuss interrogative pronouns.  Following this lesson, they will take a quiz over pronoun case and interrogative pronouns.  Students should be making sure their notes are in good order.

8th graders received information about their first trimester book report.  The 8th grade's second set of journal questions is due October 16, and their final project is due November 9th.

 We will continue reading Zach's Lie this week.  This week will begin reading chapters 13-16.

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 8th graders are also working with their tables on a fairy take project.  They have selected a fairy tale to study. They will complete paper work on this book and complete a chosen culminating project.  Fairy tale projects are due October 19, and will be presented in class the following week.

I will collect their fairy tale work and their play scripts this week.  We will begin performing the plays next week!  It should be an entertaining time in 8th grade!

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

6th grade bonus activities:

Appositive Interview:  Interview an classmate.  Write your questions first, including some that will have the names of people, places, or things in the answer.
Use facts from the interview in an informative paragraph.  Include appositives, such as the ones in the example below.  Write the possessive nouns correctly.

Angela Perkins, a sixth-grader, lives on Maple Street.  Angela's main interest is pets.  She has pet chickens and takes care of Goldy, her family's cat.  She also walks two neighbors' dogs, Spike and Charlie.



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.