Mrs. Karn's Language Arts Classes

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Mrs. Karn’s Language Arts Classes!


Middle school language arts is comprised of three areas: literature, English, and vocabulary.  In literature class, students study different genres of literature.  The focus of literature class in middle school moves from a literal comprehension to making inferences and analyzing the text more deeply.  Much of the writing done is based on the texts we read in class.  Students will be introduced to characterization essays as well as analytical essays and a MLA style research paper.  We use the Timeless Voice, Timeless Themes text as well as various novels throughout the year.

In English, the focus is on grammar and the parts of speech.  We cover each part of speech in-depth.  Drills, quizzes, and tests are used to assess student progress and mastery of these concepts.  We use Voyages in English as our text.  This text is an ebook.  It is important to remember for students to log out of their ebooks before leaving school each afternoon.

In vocabulary we study a unit every week and a half to two weeks.  Students will learn about the spelling of the word, its origin, part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and its use in a sentence.  We use Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop.

Mrs. Karn’s Wish List

  • Gallon size and Quart size Ziploc storage bags
  • Post It self stick easel pads.  We use these in class quite often as they are great for group work!  
  • Clorox wipes throughout the year.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • Dominoes for rainy days
  • Playground balls and basketballs
  • Small, individually wrapped candy (Starbursts, Smarties, Hershey Kisses)

I am happy to be at SMCS as a middle school language arts teacher.  I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was a freshman in high school, and I had an amazing English teacher name Mr. Kleman.  He had a way of motivating his students that I admired, and it was then that I knew I wanted to teach.   I attended Mount Saint Mary and graduated with my Bachelors in English and in Secondary Education.  I then began teaching at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Baltimore City.  I stayed for four years and loved my time there! I married my husband, Dave, in 2001 and also transferred to St. Mary.  I had big shoes to fill as Sr. Corda was retiring, and I was taking over her classes.  In 2001, I also began my Masters courses.  I graduated with my Masters in Education with a concentration in Instructional  Technology in 2005.  That year was busy  as my husband and I welcomed our son, Noah, in February. When I started at SMCS, I taught English and literature, and for three years, I taught the computer classes.  In 2008, I returned to teaching literature and English full-time.  In 2009, we welcomed our daughter, Emma, who completed our family of four! I love being a part of the St. Mary tradition in my family.  My husband attended school here from kindergarten through 8th Grade, my son graduated last year and is now a freshman at St. Maria Goretti, and my daughter is in fifthgrade.  We truly have a vested interest in our school!

Mrs. Karn

Middle School Language Arts Teacher, St. Mary Catholic School

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Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year!    Parent Access will be open on September 3.  If you are new to our school or have a third grader, please visit our school web site.  Click on PowerSchool and look for the downloadable Disclaimer form.  Please fill this out and send it in, and I will send home your user name and password along with instructions on how to set up your account.   The PowerSchool app for parents is available for the Apple and Droid devices.  Please contact me for instructions on downloading.