Rogue Wave Slides 3-9: Due Tuesday, October 3rd

Rogue WaveIf you were not able to complete your slides in class, make sure you complete them at home over the weekend. I will be doing a notebook check next Tuesday, October 3rd.

To access the textbook online, simply go to the WSD main page, click on the Parents/Students tab, then find the HMH Collections under the Programs and Applications tab.

Also remember that the extra credit flash fiction is due by Monday, October 2nd.


THree Skeleton Key 2

Here is a chance for some extra credit. Take a look at the picture and then create a piece of “flash fiction.” The requirement is that you show a connection between your writing and the picture and that you use 150 words or less.

You can handwrite or type your story. However, HERE’S THE CATCH!  You must make sure it contains ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF A STORY!

  • Exposition
  • Inciting Incident
  • Rising Action
  • Climax
  • Falling Action
  • Resolution

Highlight each of these elements in a different color before turning in your original piece of writing. You must also create a color-key on the back of your story which indicates what each color stands for.

For example:

  • Blue = Exposition
  • Red = Inciting Incident
  • etc.

This opportunity will close Monday, October 2nd, by the end of the school day. You can earn up to 10 extra points, depending on effort and having fulfilled each of the expectations.

WEEKLY UPDATE – 9/13/2017


Daily HeraldBenchmarks are COMPLETE! Thanks for all of your hard work and sincere effort. Now that we have finished, we are moving into some fun stuff. This week we are setting up our interactive notebooks. If you are going to be absent, or have been absent, it is important that you get the handouts and bring your notebook up-to-date.

Additionally, we are focusing on the elements of story and plot line within short stories and novels. Please request a WANTED SLIP from me if you find yourself falling behind. This will be fast paced so that we can dig into our first class novel very soon.


We are nearing the end of benchmark testing so now we can start getting down to business. I’m excited to kick off some new things this year in the classroom. Beginning September 11th, we will be setting up our interactive notebooks and also diving into the new textbooks. It should be fun!


There will be a sub covering class on Friday. Mr. Pike is new to my classroom and I know you will all treat him wonderfully. Also, remember that tomorrow is spirit day so wear your green and gold loud and proud!!!

IS IT WORTH THE RISK? – 5 Paragraph Essay – DUE Friday, September 1st


Utah Compose is now up and running. This means that you will be submitting your essays tomorrow during class. If you still need to finish or revise, please make sure it is done before you arrive in class tomorrow.

This essay will earn a participation grade of 10 points – 2 points per completed paragraph. Future Utah  Write assignments will be graded according to earned points. We will spend some time in class reviewing and assessing strengths and weaknesses to improve our writing skills.




HomeworkDue to the upcoming Labor Day weekend, I will be extending the Blog Navigation Assignment due date to Monday, September 4th. This is an extra THREE days for you to take advantage of.

Personal questions may show up as wrong, however, you will be given full credit as long as you provided an answer.


Vintage teacher

Welcome to Ms. Simo’s 7th grade English class. This year should be a fabulous journey into the world of great literature, poetry, and all things English!

By now you have figured out where most of your classes are and may have cried once or twice in the lavatory, and possibly feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the information being thrown your way, but otherwise, things are going along swimmingly.

It is my goal to help this year be both enjoyable and very productive. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and get clarification on anything you need. I am here to help!

IMPORTANT: Over the course of the year, I will use my blog regularly, along with Google Classroom and several other Google products. This blog is where parents and students can typically come for quick updates on homework, projects, deadlines and occasional extra credit.

DUE DATES: Your disclosure, extra credit, AND your supplies are due in class no later than next Tuesday, August 29th. Disclosures are available on Google Classroom. A link has been sent to your WSD Student account.



Vintage Summer Vacation

It’s hard to believe that the year has come to an end! I have enjoyed teaching and getting to know every single one of you. Now get out and have some good old-fashioned fun-in-the-sun.

Be safe, read some books and drop in to say hello once in a while.

                                                                                                Blessings and joy!