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Welcome to English Language Arts 7 with Ms. Murdock!
I'm so excited to be here with you sharing my love of reading and writing. Ever since I was young, I have been a book worm. I love escaping into a new world with interesting characters and twisted plots. A few of my favorite books/series include Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, all things Jane Austen, and I secretly love cheesy romance novels--shhhh! I thoroughly enjoy instilling a passion for reading in my students through my teaching. 

In 2010 I graduated from Utah Valley University with my Bachelor's degree in English Education. I have taught at Summit Academy Junior High for the last 6 years and have loved every minute of it. I'm currently a part-time teacher and full-time mom. I'm currently teaching 7th grade English on A days and spending time with my two-year-old on my days off. 

Recent Posts

Final Expiration Date for Late/Missing Work

The last day to turn in work for 4th Quarter will be this Friday, May 26. I have sent progress reports home with your missing assignments highlighted that need to be signed by parents and brought back for credit. 

SAGE Testing and Homework Reading

This week we will be taking the Reading and Writing SAGE test. If you are absent, you will be making up the testing at a later date. 
Stay caught up on your homework reading and your reading log! Assignments for this week are:
HONORS - Chapters 10-13
ELA - Chapters 10-12

Homework Reading

Please read Chapter 8 for your homework tonight. 
Honors: Narrative Final Draft is due on Monday.

Homework Reading

Tonight's homework reading will be Chapter 4 (pg. 47-63). Make sure to stay caught up on your reading! 

Homework Reading

Don't forget to read Chapter 2 of The Watson's Go to Birmingham. There will be a quiz on Monday! :)

Utah Compose Essay Practice

Today we worked on an argumentative essay using textual evidence on the Utah Compose website. If you were absent, please log in to Utah Compose and complete an essay using the prompt, "Should we bring back extinct species?"  If your username/password is no longer in the front of your planner, please send me an email and I will get that to you as soon as possible. :)

Outsiders Homework Reading

Today, the homework reading is Chapter 7 in your Outsiders book. We will be reading Chapter 8 in class on Friday, so make sure you are all caught up! 

The Outsiders

Today we started our first class novel: The Outsiders. If you were absent, please come see me for your book and homework reading. Every day you will be responsible to read some of the novel at home. Check your Homework Reading Bookmark for the chapters and pages. Today we started Chapter 1 in class, and you will need to be prepared with Chapters 1 & 2 completed by Wednesday for your quiz. Happy reading! :)

Speech Festival

Students started presenting speeches today, and they did wonderfully! We're looking forward to the rest of the presentations on Friday. Good luck to those that will be giving their speeches next class. :)

Due Date Reminders

HONORS: Partial memorization and copy of speech - Wednesday, Oct. 26
ELA: Revisions completed and copy of speech - Wednesday, Oct. 26
ALL CLASSES: Final draft, bibliography, and presentation due - Wednesday, November 2