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


Welcome to fall! Enjoy the refreshing temperatures and beautiful colors!

       


  We are quickly approaching the end of the first trimester.  Tests are upon us in 7th and 8th grade, with 6th grade soon to follow!  It's difficult to believe that we are nearly one-third of the way through our school year!
                                        
Calling all candy lovers!  The 6th grade project for the Fall Ball is to decorate a student desk and chair with their favorite candy wrappers.  It would be a great place for kiddos to do their homework!  Please sent candy wrappers to school with your students to help the 6th graders with their project!
 
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Everyone should be finishing their Newbery Award winning book. The third set of typed journal questions is due November 3 and the final project is due November 6.
 

Our 8th graders are working with their table, writing persuasive papers, and presenting persuasive speeches to deliver to their classes.  Meanwhile, our 7th graders will be preparing to create magazines complete with articles, interviews, cartoons, puzzles, and more!
 
 
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 37-40
 Spelling lesson 8
 Maniac Magee chapters 22-26
 English page 53 #1-10
 Halloween coloring books and cards for their buddies

 

 

7th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 37-40
 Heat chapters 24-20
 English pages 222-223 #1-18 
 English test over chapter 4
 Spelling lesson 8

 

 

8th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 37-40
 Chapter 8 test
 Quiz over "All but My Life", "Anne Frank House", pages 674-682
 Persuasive paper and speech
 Spelling lesson 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English, we will begin studying types of sentences. 
This week we will work at combining simple sentences to create compound sentences and begin studying compound sentences.

Students received information about the first trimester book report. They are to read a Newbery award winning book.  The third set of typed journal questions is due November 3.

In literature we will read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.  This week we will read chapters 22-26.

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English, 7th graders review for the chapter 4 test on Monday and Tuesday and take the test on Wednesday.  We will finish the week beginning chapter 5.

 

 

Students received information about the first trimester book report. They are to read a Newbery award winning book.  The third set of questions are due November 3.

 

In literature, we will begin reading Heat by Mike Lupica.  This week we will read chapters 24-28. The test over Heat will be next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English, 8th graders will begin studying Clauses - Chapter 8.  This week 8th graders will take the test over chapter 8 on Tuesday.

 8th graders will spend some time with their tables working on their persuasive speeches and papers.

Students received information about the first trimester book report. They are to choose a Newbery award winning book.  The third set of typed journal questions is due November 3.

 

In literature, 8th graders will take a quiz over the first three sections of Diary of Anne Frank.  We will also continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank.

 

 

  

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

                                                                                             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.

                                                                                           Evening

                                                                                    dark, mysterious

                                                                             falling, lasting, changing

                                                                       stars, sunshine, moonlight, mist

                                                                           breaking, shining, dawning

                                                                                     light, beautiful

                                                                                          Morning

 

 

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

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