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

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 Congratulations to our 8th grade students who are being confirmed this weekend! 
All grade levels have their final book report due.
8th-Tuesday, May 2nd
7th-Monday, May 8th
6th-Monday, May 15th
With the end of the school year coming quickly, all grade levels will have tests coming up.  Refer to your child's grade for more information.
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 125-128

 Spelling packet 22

 Maniac Magee chapters 37-46

 Maniac Magee test will be Thursday, April 27

 Lessons 5-8 review

 English book page 1450146 # 1-30




7th Grade

 Simple Solutions 125-128

 Tangerine pages 95-121, and quiz

 Tangerine pages 123-163

 English book pages 294-295 # 1-26

 Spelling review unit


8th Grade

 Simple Solutions lessons 121-124

 The Outsiders chapters 7-10

 Part of speech review #1

 English book pages 327-329 # 1-22

 English book pages 332-333 # 22-48




























In English, 6th graders will continue their chapter on verbs.  This week we will discuss regular and irregular verbs.  On Monday 6th graders will have a study guide covering lessons 5-8. 


Book report for third trimester is due Monday, May 15.  This information was given to students in early March and must be typed.


In Literature, we will finish reading Maniac Magee.  This week, we will read chapters 37-46.  The test will be Thursday, April 27th.  Following the test, we will watch the video and finish the year with short stories from the literature book.

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In English, 7th graders continue their study of pronouns.  This week we will discuss compound subject and object pronouns, do a review, and begin discussing possessive pronouns.


The third trimester book report is due Monday, May 8th.


In Literature, 7th graders continue reading Tangerine.  We will finish reading and discussing pages 64-120 and take the quiz.  We will begin reading pages 123-163.


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In English, 8th graders will finish the chapter on pronouns.  This week we will discuss 'correct pronouns' and begin preparing for the chapter 6 test.  8th graders will complete the "parts of speech" review one in preparation for the parts of speech test.


8th graders will finish presenting their group comic books in class.

Third trimester book reports are due Tuesday, May 2 (due to the retreat on May 1)


In Literature, we will continue our last book of the year, The Outsiders.  This week the students will take   the quiz covering chapters 5-6 on Monday.  We will read chapters 7-10 throughout the rest of the week.


The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967. The book follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs,  who are divided by their socioeconomic status. The story is told in first-person narrative by protagonist Ponyboy Curtis. The story in the book takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1965,[2] but this is never stated in the book.


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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.