;eanuts.readingI have worked at all 3 levels of schools (ES/MS/HS), and middle school is my favorite.  = ) I come from a family of educators so I have always known the importance of a good education and reading in particular.  My favorite authors are Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Francine Rivers, and Diana Gabaldon.  

A Message from Ms.Simpson

Starting April 20th, please look in the
Distance Learning- Enrichment and Review Folder for all documents and assignments.  

Hey guys!  I want to let you know that I miss all of you. I am sad that we will not have a normal end to the school year. There were so many books and stories that I wanted to read with you.  Nevertheless, I want you to stay safe, healthy, and happy during this time.  If you have any questions just send an email to simpsoem@pwcs.edu. Also, don't forget to come see me next year and say hi when we pass in the hall. 

We were asked to provide a look at all the targets we have covered for the year and some review activities of the targets covered. I have placed all the notes and the activities in the Files and Documents tab on the left side of my page. The targets are:   

  1. Elements of Fiction & Nonfiction
  2. Elements of Plot/Plot diagram
  3. Point of View
  4. Context Clues
  5. Cause & Effect
  6. Compare & Contrast
  7. Fact & Opinion
  8. Main Idea and Supporting Details
  9. Making Inferences/Drawing Conclusions
  10. Summarizing
  11. Text Features
  12. Text Structure/Author's Organizational Patterns
  13. Problem and Solution
  14. Characterization

The remain targets that we did not cover prior to leaving school are:

  1. Transition Words 
  2. Mood/Tone
  3. Word Choice
  4. Poetry
  • rhyme 
  • rhythm
  • stanza

   5. Figurative Language

  • simile
  • metaphor
  • idiom
  • hyperbole
  • alliteration
  • personification
  • onomatopoeia

Information for these targets are already on our class page.  For this info., look on the left of this screen to the Files and Documents folder.  Look in the Quarter 3 & 4 folders for the power points, practice pages, and activities that we would have done while in class. Also included is review information for the 6th grade Reading SOL. 

  • I do want to send some suggestions on what you can do to keep those brains active in our Language Arts world! Let me know how it is going!
  • Read, every day, for at least 30 minutes a day. This is the best thing you can do for your academic, social, and mental health. 
  • Write.  This is an unprecedented time you are experiencing.  Keep a journal of how your life is changing, facts about the news (the latest mandates, etc…) your thoughts, your activities, and anything else that you find important enough to write on the page.  Writing is one of the best ways to help manage a new situation.
  • Newsela.com and NoRedInk.com are two of the best online resources we have for extra reading, writing, and grammar practice. 
  • NoRedInk-class code-- fast-marker-78
  • Newsela class code--5XAWKJ 
  • Flocabulary.com- you can sign in, with a class code, to watch the videos we watch in class.
  • Core 1- RX62D4
  • Core 2- 9245HX
  • Core 3- HG2CY8
  • Core 4- Z6V55X 
If you are a student who participates in Achieve3000, PLEASE continue to use this program.  You have access to your account through August.  This program is a great way to keep up your reading and writing skills.  Remember you need a 70% or higher to achieve mastery of the skill/article.