English Language Arts

Week 9

This week

This week, we worked on Reading Plus, central idea, inferences, and theme.

Next Week

Next week, we will spend two days in the media center for a "Digital Footprint" lesson from our Media Specialist, Mrs. George. There will be a project that goes along with it. We will also begin reviewing our first unit test (see below).

Unit Test

Our first unit test will be on Wednesday, October 12th. Students will be given a study guide on Monday. The unit test will look like very much like the GA Milestone test. The topics that students will need to understand are: central (main) idea, theme, inferences, and citing textual evidence. There will be about 18 multiple choice questions and 2-4 constructed response questions. There will be four total passages (2 literary and 2 informational) on which the questions will be based.


Students will have the opportunity to retake the test if they are not happy with their results.

Reading Plus

Students are expected to complete 5 Reading Plus See Reader lessons each week. These lessons take 15-20 minutes each and will be the bulk of their ELA homework for the rest of the school year. I will take the average of these 5 scores and it will be keyed in the "independent reading" portion of their grade (10% of final grade). If a student does not have internet access at home, please let me know and we will find a way for them to complete the lessons during homeroom or lunch. In reading Plus, the week begins on Monday at 12:01 AM and ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday night. Students will be given one entire class period each week to complete as many lessons as they can.


Directions for logging in from home:


  1. Go to www.ReadingPlus.com
  2. Click login
  3. Site Code: rpsuttonaps
  4. Students will be asked to enter a username and password. This is their regular APS computer login. If they do not know it, please contact me or have them ask me to write it down for them.
  5. Click the clever link
  6. Click log in with Active Directory
  7. Click the Reading Plus icon
  8. Select the See Reader Reading lessons

I know these instructions look complicated, but students have already completed this in class several times this year.


A few students have reported having problems logging in from home. I am working towards a solution, but for the time being, students should be doing their best to complete these assignments during the school day (during homeroom and on Wednesdays during class).

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Throughout October, we will have special events to raise funds for Piedmont Cancer Wellness Fund. You can see all of the events here.


Next week's events are:

October 6

  • PINK OUT- Everyone (faculty, staff, and students) wears pink
  • Breast Cancer Items for sale- $1-$10/per item
  • Breast Cancer Walk during connections
  • Door Decorating Contest- Homeroom classes should decorate their doors in honor of Breast Cancer Month.


Students (and parents!) can purchase a one-of-a-kind pink SMS "Team Sutton" shirt for $10! All proceeds go to charity.

Would You Like to Help?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breakfast

We would like to celebrate a successful month of fundraising and honor our own cancer survivors with a faculty breakfast on October 26.

If you are able to donate money and/or items for the breakfast, please give them to Ms. Kearns (room 118).

If you are able to donate money, please send/bring it in by Wednesday, October 19. Any left over money will be added to what we raise throughout the month and donated to Piedmont Cancer Wellness Fund.

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fafa72ea57-breast

Thank you!

Extra Credit Opportunities

For 15 bonus points on the Parts of Speech quiz:

Create a comic strip grammar book that illustrates the parts of speech. The book must have a front cover designed from a cartoon or comic strip character. It must also include a table of contents and eight additional pages. Each of the eight pages must have a different part of speech (noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, verb, interjection, conjunction, and preposition), definition, a comic example with the part of speech highlighted, and an original sentence with the part of speech highlighted. Be sure you book is neat and complete!


For 10 bonus points on the upcoming unit test:

Create a Breast Cancer Awareness Poster (the pinker, the better!) Students could use the dates on the schedule for the month, or be creative!