Mrs. Shaw’s 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

Seventh & Eighth Grade Language Arts


Hi! I’m Kasey Shaw, and this is my fourth year teaching seventh grade language arts and my second year teaching eighth grade language arts at Evangelical. I currently live in O’Fallon, IL with my husband, Joe, our two dogs, Oshie and Bailey, and our cat, Ollie. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education, and I am in the process of obtaining my Master’s Degree in literacy education from SIUE. I LOVE to read anything that I can get my hands on, and I hope to share that passion for reading and learning with my students!

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Seventh Grade Language Arts

Reading: Our literature book, Glencoe Literature, The Reader’s Choice, is organized into eight themes. Each theme includes a wide variety of genres including short stories, excerpts from novels, biographies, poetry, folktales, essays, and dramas. We focus on reading comprehension, visualization, prediction, and making inferences, as well as defining and identifying literary terms. In addition to the textbook, students also read novels including The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt and The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

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Writing: In seventh grade, the Elements of Language textbook is used. This book is excellent at preparing students for the skills needed at the high school level. Throughout this book, we will practice the writing process step-by-step and compose narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive writing. Creative writing will be encouraged, as well as the writing of poetry.

Eighth Grade Language Arts

Reading: We also use the Glencoe Literature series in eighth grade language arts. We will be reading many stories such as The Ransom of Red Chief, Stop the Sun, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Before the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., we will study two nonfiction texts: the The Diary of Anne Frank and Lincoln: A Photobiography. The novels for this year will include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Writing: Eighth grade students will practice the writing process while composing narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive papers. There will be an emphasis on writing essays (particularly essay answers), and students will also practice letter writing.


August News

Mrs. Shaw’s 2016-2017 Seventh Grade Homeroom

Mrs. Shaw's Seventh Grade

September News

September Birthdays

Happy birthday to Allie, Xander, and Tori!

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Our seventh grade students have been hard at work! This past week, we read “Last Cover” by Paul Annixter. It is a short story about two brothers that raise a pet fox. The students reviewed the literary element of plot and created their own plot diagrams of the story. I am in awe of the wonderful artists we have this year!


September DWP Star

Ashley was our homeroom DWP star for the month of September. Not only does she follow DWP skill #1 of listening, she also consistently demonstrates skill #9, leadership, on a daily basis!

Great job, Ashley!

Bravo Board

Our classroom Bravo Board is where students are recognized for their outstanding work. Every student has the chance to be featured throughout the year!


October News

Both seventh and eighth grade students had a busy month! In seventh grade language arts, we read several short stories and discussed the literary elements of direct and indirect characterization and internal and external conflict. Our first Rebecca Caudill projects were due, and everyone did a fantastic job!

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Eighth grade students visited Washington D.C. during the first week of October. When they returned, we began reading The Outsiders. Ponyboy, the narrator of the story (and yes, his real name!), writes about his experiences growing up as a “Greaser” in the 1960s. Here is what some of the students thought of the novel:

“If I had to describe The Outsiders in one word, I would describe it as hopeful. It is hopeful because of the characters and what they went through. They still had hope after everything that happened to them in such a short period of time.” – Aries

“In my mind, ‘memorable’ is the word I would use to describe The Outsiders. I think it is the right word for this book because it is much more than just a book. It is a life lesson. I can learn so much more from this than any other book I have ever read. It was so good that I will remember it for the rest of my life.” – Elana

“If I were to use one word to describe The Outsiders, it would be energetic. This book has a lot of stuff going on all at once. There is fighting, drama, and a lot of other stuff. It was a really good book!” – Degion

“I would describe The Outsiders as exciting because there were a lot of cliffhangers throughout the book. Usually the cliffhangers came at the end of the chapter, which was good because each one made you want to keep reading onto the next one.” – Olivia

We used Ponyboy’s descriptive language to learn more about figures of speech. Look at these awesome student-made examples!

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October DWP Star

Cooper was our homeroom DWP star for the month of October. He sets a wonderful example of how to accomplish skill #2, following instructions, and he also regularly demonstrates skill #6- cooperating with others! Great job, Cooper!



Bravo Board


November News

November Birthday

Happy birthday to Taylor!