About Mrs. Berg

Kimberly Berg teaches 6th and 8th grade literature and 7th grade English.  She joined St. Elizabeth's in 2017 with several years of teaching experience in both public and private schools.   Mrs. Berg earned a BA degree in Secondary English Education from Oklahoma State University and a M.Ed in Curricular Leadership (w/honors) from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.  She was awarded the Junior High Honor Teacher in 2011-2012 from Pawhuska Public Schools.  She and her husband have two children and are members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Stillwater, where she is a small group leader for the Edge program and volunteers for many RE activities.  In her spare time, Mrs. Berg enjoys reading and watching movies.  

April

6th Grade

I have been listening to book talk presentations.  I am blown away by the effort and time the kids put into these projects. 

 

We have read a variety of poems and practiced identifying rhyme and meter.  We will be ending our unit test next week.  We will begin Unit 7 – What is the difference between what I read and what I see and hear.  Students will practice comparing and contrasting text with different interpretations of audio and video. 

 

7th Grade

We are ending our unit on visual aids with a presentation of a collaborative visual aid project tomorrow.  Students have been working hard on researching and preparing a slideshow on lesser known holidays.  Thursday we will begin a new unit.  We will review the eight parts of speech and practice sentence diagramming. 

 

8th Grade

We have been studying poetry and identifying figurative language and sound devices.  We will look at symbolism in poetry and then end our unit.  Students will then be looking at different interpretations of the same piece of work.  Students will practice analyzing choices made by directors and actors in staying faithful to or departing from the original work. 

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • 7th grade Vocabulary unit 10 test is April 10th.
  • Run for Fun is April 13th
  • No School April 20th (Teacher In-service Day)
  • 7th grade Vocabulary unit 11 Test is April 24th
  • Fine Arts night is April 26th

 

March

6th Grade

We have been practicing identifying figurative language in poetry.  Over the next few weeks we will study different types of poems, so we may begin writing those types of poems using figurative language. 

 

7th Grade

Today, we ended Unit 5 – How can I use my research to support my opinion?  Grammar Integration: Verbs.  Students practiced writing arguments to support claims with relevant evidence and a conclusion that supports their argument.  We will begin Unit 6 –How can I use visual aids to strengthen presentations so that students can produce a collaborative presentation with visual aids. 

 

8th Grade

We are studying the influence of American mythology and folk literature on modern literature so that we may be able to compare and contrast American myths and folk literature and the contributions to modern American literature.  So far, we have read Native American tales from the Choctaw, Cherokee, and Inuit. 

 

Important Dates 

  • Spring Break March 19th-23rd.
  • 6th & 8th grade book talks are due Friday, March 30th (our first week back from spring break).  

 

Don't Forget!

 

  • Benedict House hosts Mass this Thursday when Archbishop Coakley visits. 
  • Classroom spelling bees in Mrs. Talbot’s English classes and my 7th grade classes will be this Friday, February 9th.
    • The winners of the classroom spelling bee will participate in the school spelling bee next Friday, February 16th.  The school spelling bee will qualify students for the Archdiocesan spelling bee on February 28th
  • 8th grade will be finishing their novel, The Maze Runner and writing an essay to end the unit this Friday.
  • 6th grade will be ending their Greek mythology unit this Friday.  The test will have students practice identifying themes in short passages.  We have been reviewing in class to prepare. 
  • Book talks for my 6th and 8th grade literature classes are next Friday, February 16th. We will follow the same rubric and requirements as we have in the past.  These can be found on my school webpage.  Next month, we will change things and do book talks in a bag.  I will send home directions for that book talk in a few weeks. 
  • No school February 19th

November

This month’s focus

6th Grade Literature

Our unit this month is on identifying themes of a fictional text.  We have been reading; Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry in class.

 

7th Grade English

Our unit this month focuses on evaluating the credibility of sources.  We are slowly moving towards writing a research paper.  Next month, we will focus on how to incorporate research into our writing. 

 

8th Grade Literature

We are reading Anne Frank’s, The Diary of a Young Girl to study character development and how it relates to theme. 

 

 

Reminders

·         St. Benedict House is hosting Mass Thursday, November 9th.

·         Veteran’s Day Assembly is Thursday, November 9th at 2p.m.

·         Seton Soiree is Friday, November 10th.

·         The book talk for 6th and 8th grade is now due Tuesday, November 14th.  We will continue to use the same directions and rubric as last month's book talk. 

·         NJHS is having a Bedlam Canned Food Drive November 13th-17th

 

·         Thanksgiving Break is November 20th-24th

October

Wow!  Was that the whole month of September that just flew by?  It seems like we just had our first day of school not that long ago.  I have been enjoying my time in the classroom getting to know each of the students.  They are all very special and unique. 

 

This Month’s Focus:

6th Grade Literature

We have been studying how point of view impacts a text.  We have started reading Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  The story is about a ten year old boy with a facial deformity that causes people to avoid and shun him.  The narrative is written in several points of view.  Each character’s point of view helps add depth to the story.  It is also a great way to teach empathy since the author does such a great job portraying the characters and their feelings.

 

7th Grade English

We are currently in the process of wrapping up our unit on point of view and sensory language and how it enhances narrative text.  We are also preparing for the ACT Inspire test on English and writing. 

 

 8th grade Literature

We have just started reading Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, by James L. Swanson.  This book pairs well with our unit on bias.  We will be Analyzing different and sometimes competing sources to determine accuracy, bias and how they connect to a historically significant event. 

 

Reminders

  • Book talks in my 6th and 8th grade literature classes will be due this Monday, October 9th
  • Parent/teacher conferences are the week of October 16th.  More information on times will be available soon.
  • ACT Aspire Test is the week of October 23rd.

 

In Christ’s love,

Kimberly Berg

Book Talk

At Parent University, a few parents requested a list of books to help their student find a book to complete their Book Talk Project.  A good place to start your book hunt is at the Sequoya Book Awards Intermediate Masterlist.  If you are not familiar with the Sequoya Book Award, it is a children’s choice award that encourages Oklahoma students to read books of literary quality.  The award honors Sequoya, a Native American who chose symbols to represent the spoken sounds of the Cherokee language (Sequoya Book Awards 2017). 

 

Each year a Masterlist is released by the Sequoyah reading team in the spring.   Students in grades 6-8 who have read at least three titles from the Intermediate Masterlist are eligible to vote for the Intermediate Sequoyah Book Award.  

 

I have not read any of the Sequoyah nominees this year, but I was able to read the reviews provided by Common Sense Media for the books listed in the Intermediate Masterlist.  I did not find any of the reviews to be alarming, but I encourage you to visit the website and read what the critics found.  Students who would like more of a challenge could also review the books listed in the High School Masterlist.  

 

The Book Talk for 6th grade will be due Friday, October 6th and 8th grade will present on Monday, October 9th.

 

Happy reading!