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

Biography presentations will begin this week!
Creative writing assignments are due for everyone this week.
6th grade: "A Day in the life of ..." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character, due Thursday.
7th grade: "Sibling Rivalry" due Wednesday.
8th grade: "What My Dash will say about the way I lived my Life" due Wednesday.
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 89-92

 Spelling packet

 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quiz over scenes seven through eleven.

 'Writing with Nouns' worksheet

 biography presentations




7th Grade

 Simple Solutions 89-92

 Heat chapters 19-23

 English book page 264-266

 biography presentations



8th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 85-88

 English book pages 377 # 1-14, 15-20

 English book 394

 English book 381-385

 The Contender chapters 9-12

 The Contender quiz chapters 5-8


























In Literature, 6th graders will take a quiz over Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, scenes seven-eleven on Wednesday.

We will begin to prepare for the test over the play.

Students will finish their creative writing assignment about a day in the life of their character.

In English, we will spend time discussing writing with appositives.

Students will begin their biography presentations.



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In English, 7th graders continue our study of Mechanics of Writing. This week we begin reviewing for their test.

Students will begin presenting their biographies. 

In Literature, 7th graders will continue reading Heat.

This week we will read and discuss chapters 19-23.


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In English, 8th graders will continue chapter 7 'Phrases'.  This week we will wrap up infinitive phrases and begin to review for the test.

Creative writing is due Wednesday.

Students will begin presenting their biographies.



In Literature, we will continue reading The Contender, reading chapter 9-12, and taking the quiz over chapters 5-8.

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. Alfred's father deserted the family when Alfred was ten years old; his mother died when he was thirteen. On both occasions, his best friend, James, stood by him.


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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 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.


                                                                                    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.