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.  

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!