Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekly Update

9th Honors

This week, the students will continue to research the different theories about Edgar Allan Poe's death. Once all of the research on the theories is complete, the students will write an essay where they discuss the different theories and evidence presented for each theory. They will have plenty of time to work on their story in class, but if they are absent they will still need to be working on the research and essay at home in order to be successful on the project. 

Please be sure to check the 9th honors homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and project dates.

9th Grade

We have been learning how to annotate an article while reading. Students will use these skills to gather facts and data that they will then use in an informational essay. They will have plenty of time to work on their essay in class, but if they are absent they will still need to be working on the research and essay at home in order to be successful on the project. 

Please be sure to check the 9th grade homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and projects.

7th Honors

The students have been reading a book and have been coming prepared to discuss what they have read in their literature circle groups. 

Please be sure to check the 7th honors homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and projects. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekly Update

9th Honors

This week, we are going to focus on the use of character, narrator, and the point of view in two different stories. We are also going to be talking a lot about irony and how authors use it to create twists in their stories. 

Please be aware that the Qtr. 1 book projects are due on October 16th which is in about 3 weeks. Please make sure that your child has a reading book and is consistently reading it at home so that they can be successful on the project. Also, all 9th grade honors students are required to complete 1 of their quarterly book projects on a classic novel. The junior high librarian has made a cart of books that would count as a classic novel for this project. This is a good resource if you are unsure of where to start when trying to find a classic novel.  

Please be sure to check the 9th honors homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and project dates.

9th Grade

We are continuing to work on our "The Most Dangerous Game" projects this upcoming week. Be sure that your students are aware of the project requirements, and that they ask any questions if they need help. We will also read a short story that uses a flashback to tell the story. 

Please be aware that the Qtr. 1 book projects are due on October 16th which is in about 3 weeks. Please make sure that your child has a reading book and is consistently reading it at home so that they can be successful on the project

Please be sure to check the 9th grade homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and projects. 

We will be wrapping up our reading strategies unit this upcoming week. Click on the link below if you are interested in seeing the study guide that the students will use to study for the final unit test. 

Please be aware that the Qtr. 1 book projects are due on October 17th which is in about 3 weeks. Please make sure that your child has a reading book and is consistently reading it at home so that they can be successful on the project

Please be sure to check the 7th honors homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and projects. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekly Update

9th Honors 

We are still continuing our short story unit. We have had some thoughtful discussions so far about the stories that we have read. We will continue our discussion by reading a new story on Friday, and then we will have a Socratic Seminar about some of the topics in the story next week on Tuesday. 

We will also have a vocabulary and grammar quiz next week on Thursday, September 21st. I will post links to the content that will be covered on the quiz below. 

Please be sure to also check the 9th honors homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and project dates. 

Students will begin working on "The Most Dangerous Game" project next week. Check the link below for more information about the assignment. There will also be a vocabulary and grammar quiz next week on Thursday, September 21st. I will post links to the content that will be covered on the quiz below. 

Please be sure to also check the 9th grade homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and projects. 

The students have started practicing their reading strategies for difficult literary texts this past week. They will continue this practice while read "Three Skeleton Key" next week. There is also a vocabulary and grammar quiz next week on Wednesday, September 20th. I will post a link to the vocabulary words that the students need to know for the quiz. All of the grammar information should be in tab 2 of their binder. 

Please be sure to also check the 7th honors homework calendar for updated information about homework, quiz dates, and projects. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekly Update

9th Grade:

During this upcoming week, we will be continuing our short stories unit by reading different stories in our class. Be on the look out for a description of the project that will be assigned to students in the next few weeks. 

7th Honors:

We have been working at improving our skills at reading difficult informational texts. We will be moving into learning about different reading strategies for reading a literary text this next week. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Reading Program

Reading Program 

The main homework assignment for all students in my Language Arts classes is to read at home and complete a book project by the end of the quarter. For more information about these projects, please click on the links below. 



Thursday, August 11, 2016



Welcome to Language Arts with Mrs. Jackson

I am really excited to start the new school year. Most of my posts will be broken up into three sections (7th grade honors Language Arts, 9th grade Language Arts, and 9th grade honors Language Arts), but as this is the beginning of the year, all of the information in this post will be relevant to all of the classes that I teach. Please reference the "Due Dates and Special Events" section on the right side for a quick look of what your student should be working on to turn in. 

The First Week of School
During the first week of school we will establish behavior expectations and procedures for the classroom. Every student will be asked to get a form filled out by their parent/guardian. I have done my best to keep the disclosure statement as brief as possible while still including all of the necessary information.  After you fill out the parent/guardian signature page, there is a scavenger hunt for the students to fill out about the disclosure statement. 


Supplies and Materials
Most supplies and materials that we use in class are provided by the school, but there are a couple of items that students will need to bring from home for my Language Arts classes. 

  • Spiral/composition notebook: This notebook will stay in the classroom and cannot be shared with other classes. We will be using them every day.
  • 5 Dividers/tabs: These are for the Language Arts section in your binder, and they are important because they help the students stay organized. 


There is more detailed information about the class in the syllabus that will be sent home with the students the first day of school. I also encourage you to attend the back to school night event on Thursday, August 24th.