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 junior high!  I just love the new junior high addition!  I love that our entire school family is together under one roof for the first time in the history of our school!  It's going to be a great year!
 
There are many exciting things coming up at school.  This week we will all learn about a total eclipse.  Next week Bishop Jenky will join us for Mass and will bless our school.
 
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 1-4

 Spelling lesson 1

 Partner interview

 Types of sentences, page 34 #25-35

 

7th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 1-4

 Heat chapters 1-4

 Adjectives page 183 #37-50

 All About Me presentations

 

8th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 1-4

 All About Me presentations

 Independent and Subordinate Clauses page 398 # 26-30, page 432 # 1-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English, will work on their first writing project where they will interview a classmate and use that data to write a story about that friend.

Also in English, we will begin studying types of sentences. This is a rather long chapter and we will be with it for a while.

Students will receive information about the first trimester book report. They are to read a Newbery award winning book.  Details of the assignment will be passed out Monday.

In literature we will read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English, 7th graders will begin with Chapter 4 "Modifiers". This week we will be discussing adjectives. 

7th graders will take their first spelling test this week.  They will get the list of words on Monday, and the test will be Thursday.

We will talk about their "All About Me" presentations, and they should begin preparing for their presentation date.

Students will receive information about the first trimester book report. They are to read a Newbery award winning book.  Details of the assignment will be passed out Monday.

In literature, we will begin reading Heat by Mike Lupica.  This week we will read chapters 1-4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English, 8th graders will begin studying Clauses - Chapter 8.  This week we will discuss independent vs subordinate clauses.

8th graders will begin preparing for their All About Me presentations and will sign up for a date to present their PowerPoint.

Students will receive information about the first trimester book report. They are to choose a Newbery award winning book.  Details and due dates will be passed out Monday.

Students will receive the first week spelling list. The test will be Thursday.

In literature, students will work in groups to study fairy tales.  They will present their final project in about six weeks.

 

 

  

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.