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 ELA  

 

The first trimester is quickly coming to a close. The next three weeks will be very busy in ELA!


Everyone is working on a writing project:
6th graders will begin a new writing project this week called "Sticks and Stones."
7th graders will continue working with their tables writing about "Random Acts of Kindness".  Individually they will write reflection papers about their Outdoor Ed experience.
8th graders will begin a new writing project about an aspect of WWII once we begin reading Diary of Anne Frank

Everyone got information about their first trimester book reports.  Each grade level has a different set of instructions and a different project.

  6th graders are reading their first novel, Esperanza Rising.
7th graders are nearly finished with their first novel, Heat.  The test will be coming up in the next two or three weeks.
8th graders are nearly finished their first novel, Zach's Lie.  The test will be before the end of the trimester.

In English all are off to a good start, learning new things, and learning the importance of taking good notes.  
6th graders will have a quiz over the first five lessons in the next couple of weeks.
7th graders have their lessons 3-4 quiz this week.
8th graders have their lessons 3-4 quiz next week, and their "Correct Sentences" test on November 8.

                  

 
         




















6th Grade
Simple Solutions 33-36 with quiz Friday
Esperanza Rising chapter 5 due next week
English book pages 41-42 # 1-24, page 43 # 25-42
Spelling review 5 due Friday
Newbery journal set two due October 28
Newbery project due November 4


7th Grade
Simple Solutions 33-36 with quiz Friday
Heat chapters 17-23 due next week
English book page 113 # 1-24 odds
English quiz over lessons 3-4 on 10/16
Newbery journal set two due October 21
Newbery project due November 4
Spelling review unit due Friday
Table Writing "Random Acts of Kindness"
Outdoor Ed reflection paper due October 31


8th Grade
Simple Solutions 33-36 with quiz Friday
Zach's Lie chp 17-20 quiz 10/16
Zach's Lie chap 21-26 due next week; 
  the test will be following soon after
Adverb quiz October 21
"Correct Sentences" test on November 8
Newbery paper and project due November 4




 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We will begin the year studying types of sentences and the parts of those sentences.  This week we will discuss interrogative vs imperative sentences.

The 6th graders presented their papers on "If I Built a School."  We will begin working on a paper called "Sticks and Stones."


In literature we will are continuing Esperanza Rising.  
This novel is quite long and will take us the bulk of the first trimester.  This week we will read chapter 5.



6th graders got information about their first trimester book report, a Newbery award winner. The second set of journal questions is due October 28.  Their project, a book cover, is due November 4.

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th graders will begin their year discussing verbs.  This year they will take a quiz after every two lessons.       This week we will finish discussing "Be, Have, Do".  There will be a quiz over simple tenses and 'be, have, and do' on 10/16.  We will then begin discussing perfect tenses.

We will continue a table writing project this week.  The topic is "Random Acts of Kindness."
7th graders will get information Monday about their Outdoor Ed reflection paper which is due October 31.

We are in the fourth of five sections.  The test will be coming up quickly!  Heat by Mike Lupica is a fast-paced book about a twelve-year-old pitching sensation. Can he get to the Little League World Series without anyone finding out his secret?  



7th graders got information about their first trimester book report.  They are to read a Newbery award winning novel, complete two sets of journal questions, and create a board game we can play in class.  The second set of journal questions is due October 21.  Their project, a board game, is due November 4.


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th grade ELA is going to be fun!  You will have lots of interesting writing projects, read some intriguing novels, master skills necessary for high school.

8th graders have a field trip on October 23.  We will be traveling to the Interstate Center for Career Day if we get enough drivers who can chaperone for the two hours we will be there!

In English, we will begin the year with adjectives.  Like last year, you will take a quiz after every two lessons.  This week we will review adverbs and move on to comparing with adverbs. A quiz will be coming up next week, on October 21.                   
  

As a table, you and your partners will study a fairy tale and write either a play based on that fairy tale or rewrite the story in modern time with modern time problems. This lengthy project will be due October 28.


 

  In literature, we will begin the year reading a suspenseful novel called Zach's Lie.  This year you will take quizzes every few chapters to help assess your comprehension and vocabulary skills. We will finish section five, chapters 17-20, and will take the quiz 10/16.  We have just one more section before the book test.

You will get information about your first trimester book report.  You will read a Newbery award winner.  You will not do journaling this year.  Instead, your project is two-part, a paper and a PowerPoint presentation. This project is due November 4.

8th graders will have their 1st trimester enrichment test on November 8.  The test is over "correct sentences."   We have been practicing this skill in ELA every day for the last eight weeks.  I feel confident that they will do great!







 

 

 

 

 

 

  

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

                                                                                           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.