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  
  Hopefully spring weather is on its way!
It's hard to believe that we are already beginning the 3rd trimester!
Where has the time gone!
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Biography assignments are due!
 
6th grade journal questions are due February 25 and projects are due March 4.
7th grade journal questions are due 25.  Projects are due March 4.
8th grade reports and presentations are due March 5.

6th grade will continue the unit on nouns.  
  We will begin a new writing project tied to our novel, Maniac Magee.
They will also continue reading the novel Maniac Magee. 

7th grade is nearly finished with Fever 1793 and will have the test in the next couple of weeks. They are continuing their work on verbs, and this week will study inverted order of verbs.  We will begin a new writing project tied to our novel, Fever 1793.

8th grade finished reading Diary of Anne Frank. We will finish watching the movie this week.  Next up is The Contender, a story about a young African-American boy living in Harlem during the 1960's. In English, the 8th graders are studying prepositional phrases.  We will begin a new writing project in the next couple of weeks.

 
           

 




6th Grade
Simple Solutions lessons 89-92 with quiz on Friday

English page 97 # 1-24, page 115
Spelling due Friday
Maniac Magee chapters 27-32

 

7th Grade
Simple Solutions 89-92 with quiz on Friday
English subject/verb agreement table challenge
English page 145-146 # 1-25, page 175
Fever 1793 chapters 28-end of book
English quiz
Spelling lesson 19 quiz on Friday
Magazine presentations

 
8th Grade

Simple Solutions 85-88 with quiz on Friday
Spelling test 19 on Thursday
The Contender chapters 1-4 due Friday




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will continue our study of nouns. This week we will work on identifying and writing possessive nouns.

We discussed the biography book report.   Biography journal questions are due February 25 and project is due March 4.

We will begin a new writing project tied to Maniac Magee.

In literature we will continue Maniac Magee, chapters 27-32.

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In English, 7th graders will continue studying 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 review subject/verb agreement and begin discussing inverted order of verbs.  

7th graders biography journal questions are due
February 25.  The projects are due March 4.

In literature, we will continue reading Fever 1793.  This week we will read chapters 28 to the end.

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8th graders are working on prepositional phrases in English.   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 prepositions, prepositional phrases, and objects of the preposition, as well as adjective and adverb phrases. 

The biography report and oral presentations are due March 5.

8th graders will begin our third novel this week.  We will read The Contender.  This is the story of a young African-American named Alfred trying to find his way and place in the world.  The setting is Harlem, New York in the 1960's.

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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.

                                                                                           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.