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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Have a Blessed Lent

The 6th graders will continue Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in literature. In addition to reading the novel, students are studying and writing about the characters in the story.

The 7th graders will take the test over Fever on Wednesday, and will begin our next novel, Tangerine, on Thursday. 

Our 8th graders are finishing their Dr. Seuss presentations Tuesday, and will begin their next writing project on Wednesday.  We are nearing the end of our chapter on prepositional phrases, and will take the test before spring break.

All students received information about their journaling and projects for this book. The first journaling assignments are due:
8th grade - March 5, 2018 
7th grade - March 12, 2018
6th grade - March 19, 2018

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 89-92
spelling lesson 19
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scenes 5-6
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quiz over scenes 1-6
English book page 95 # 24-55

7th Grade

Simple Solutions lessons 89-92
Fever 1793 test
spelling 19
English 'writing with pronouns'
Secret Rules of Adults writing in tables

8th Grade

Simple Solutions lessons 85-88
English infinitive phrases 
Contender quiz chapters 1-4; read chapters 5-8
spelling lesson 19
table writing 'Mrs. Piggle Wiggle'





























English, we will be studying nouns.  This week students will finish studying and singular and plural nouns.

6th graders will continue with their character caricatures and "A Day in the Life of My Character" writing.

6th graders' first set of journal questions due February 20.  They should also begin filling our the questionnaire on their subject.

In literature we will continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  This week we will read scenes 5-6 and take the quiz over scenes 1-6 on Thursday.

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In English, 7th graders will continue studying pronouns.  We will study personal pronouns and prepare for a quiz over lessons 1-2 next week.

Students biography second set of journal questions is due Monday, March 12.

In literature, we will take the test over Fever 1793 on Wednesday, and will begin a new novel, Tangerine, on Thursday.

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In English, 8th graders will continue studying prepositional phrases.  We will begin discussing infinitive phrases.  This will be the end of the chapter, and the test will be coming up soon!

Students' second set of journal question are due Monday, March 5, 2018.

Students will finish presenting their Dr. Seuss papers on Tuesday, and will begin writing their "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" papers on Wednesday.

This week we will continue reading The Contender.  The Contender is a coming-of-age novel whose protagonist, a black seventeen-year-old high school dropout named Alfred Brooks, lives with his Aunt Pearl and her three daughters in Harlem, a predominantly African American neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, in the mid-1960s.

We will take the quiz over chapters 1-4 on Tuesday and will read chapters 5-8 this week, taking the quiz over 5-8 next Monday.

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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.