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


Our 8th graders are in the homestretch of their years at Corpus Christi.  It will be a busy three weeks for them in ELA. 
Final paper is due 4/24
Scholarship paper is due 4/25
Book report is due 5/1
Parts of speech test is 5/2
Outsiders test is 5/7 

All students receive will receive information about their final book report this week.  The due dates are as follows:
8th grade - May 1st   7th grade - May 8th   6th grade - May 15th

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 117-120
Rising chapters 5-6
Spelling 25
English book pages 124-125 #1-30; 126-127 #1-22
book report 


7th Grade
Tangerine 180-197
Non fiction report writing in tables
Interrogative pronouns smart board exercises
Simple Solutions 117-120
Spelling 26

8th Grade

Outsiders chapters 9-10
Simple Solutions 113-116
Spelling 26
English book pages 309-311 # 1-24
Final paper





























We will continue our chapter over verbs this week.  We will discuss direct objects and begin our discussion of transitive vs intransitive verbs.

6th graders' last book report will be due May 15.

In literature we will continue reading Esperanza Rising chapters 5-6.













In English, 7th graders will continue studying pronouns.  This week we will continue studying interrogative pronouns and prepare for the quiz over lessons 5-6.

7th graders will continue their last writing project for this year.  They will work with their table to write and present a paper and PowerPoint account of one of the following topics:  Columbine, Miracle on the Hudson, The Titanic, Hurricane Irma, 911 Terrorist Attack, Oklahoma City Bombing, or the Space Challenger Explosion.  

In literature, we will continue reading Tangerine.  We will read pages 180-197.

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8th graders are going to be hit hard for the remainder of the year.  My time with them is quickly coming to a close, so I want to get as much information into them as possible before they leave for high school!

In English, we will continue the study of pronouns.  This chapter will see us through their time here.

We will begin to review their skills of identifying parts of speech.  They will take a test on May 2..

Their last book report is due Tuesday, May 1.

 We will continue their last novel, The Outsiders this week.  The test will be May 7, and we will watch the dvd the remainder of the week.






















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.