St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
301-733-1184 | email

Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

Mrs. Karn's Language Arts Classes

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Announcements

  • Read-a-Thon tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8.  Seventh graders may bring pillows, blankets, and bean bag chairs as long as they can carry them into and out of school!  Don’t forget to bring plenty to read!
  • Thanksgiving Lunch is Thursday, November 9.  Refer to flier for times.

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!  I am running very low.  They can be purchased at Staples or Amazon.com.
  • Clorox wipes throughout the year.
  • iTunes gift cards… There are A LOT of great apps for teachers and students on the iPad, and, while many are free,  some really great ones cost money.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • Dominoes for rainy days
  • Playground balls and basketballs
  • Small, individually wrapped candy (Starbursts, Smarties, Hershey Kisses)

6th ELA Homework

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

These dates are subject to change.  Please refer to student planner for any changes.

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
    • Noun Test- Tuesday, December 19
  • Literature-

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
    • Noun Test- Tuesday, December 19.  Study guides were distributed today.  Students worked on them in class today and will have the whole class on Monday to work on them.  They should use their notes and textbooks to help in gathering the information.  All information was reviewed in class.
  • Literature-

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
    • Noun Test- Tuesday, December 19.  Study guides will be distributed later this week.
  • Literature-

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
    • Complete pages 84-85.  For page 84, students need to write the definition of the idiom…not a sentence.
  • English-
    • Noun Test- Tuesday, December 19.  Study guides will be distributed later this week.
  • Literature-
    • Extra Credit- Students received a hidden message word search today.  They may complete that by Thursday, December 14 for extra credit points.  All words must be found as well as the message in order to receive the extra points.

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

  •  Vocabulary-
    • Complete pages 82-83
  • English-
    • Noun Test- Tuesday, December 19.  Study guides will be distributed later this week.
  • Literature-
    • “Jeremiah’s Song” Quiz- Tuesday, December 12

 

 

 

 

8th Grade ELA Homework

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

These dates are subject to change.  Please refer to student planner for any changes.

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
  • Literature-

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
  • Literature-

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
    • Relative Pronoun Quiz- Friday, December 15
  • Literature-

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
    • Complete pages 84-85.  For page 84, students need to write the definition of the idiom…not a sentence.
  • English-
    • Relative Pronoun Quiz- Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Literature-
    • “Caged Bird” quiz- Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

  •  Vocabulary-
    • Complete pages 82-83
  • English-
    • Relative Pronoun Quiz- Friday, December 15
  • Literature-
    • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” Quiz- Wednesday, December 13

 

 

 

7th Grade ELA Homework

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

These dates are subject to change.  Please refer to student planner for any changes.

  • Vocabulary-
  • English-
  • Literature-

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
    • Complete pages 86-87.  These are graded.  This was due today, Friday.  We will go over on Monday.
  • English-
  • Literature-

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • Vocabulary-
    • Complete pages 86-87.  These are graded.
  • English-
  • Literature-

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • Vocabulary- Complete pages 82-83.  These are graded.
  • English-
  • Literature- Finish A Christmas Carol background graphic organizers.

Monday, December 11, 2017

  • Vocabulary- Complete pages 80-81.  These are graded.
  • English-
  • Literature-

 

 

 


Helpful Links

 

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 is a seventh grader, and my daughter is in third grade.  We truly have a vested interest in our school!

Mrs. Karn

Middle School Language Arts Teacher, St. Mary Catholic School


Scholastic Book Order Information

Our class code for online ordering is:

GZJTB

Orders are due on Friday, December 8.

For online ordering, use the class code listed above.

For orders that are turned in, please send in cash or check.  Checks should be made payable to Jennifer Karn.  I will use my credit card to order online.  Orders will be in before Christmas Break.  If you wish to give books as a Christmas gift to your child, please email me, and we can make arrangements for you to pick up the order.

PowerSchool

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!    Parent Access will be open on September 5.  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.