Welcome to our classroom website! This website is designed for parents to learn about what exciting things are happening in our classroom and to keep current with upcoming events. It is also designed for students to be reminded of pertinent class information and updates. 

About the Teacher:

Hello! My name is Kim Murray and I am very happy to be your child's 7th grade ELA, Social/Study Skills, and Deep Reading teacher this year. My family and I moved to the Greenville area from Clermont-Ferrand, France in June of 2015. This will be my third year with Einstein Academy. 

My husband, Scott, and I have two children. My son, Bayley, is in his second year at The College of William & Mary and my daughter, Julia, is in her senior year at Riverside High School. Our family has traveled extensively and we have lived in many places including Washington DC, Boston, Green Bay, Kansas City, Phoenix, Charlotte, and even Budapest, Hungary. I have taught in most of the cities that we have lived in. I have been teaching for 15 years, mostly in secondary and special needs education. I have taught in both public and private school settings.  I received my bachelor's degree from Purdue University and my master's degree from Central Missouri University. In my free time I enjoy reading, travel writing, and swimming. 

I am proud to be a part of the Einstein Academy team and I am looking forward to working with our fabulous 7th grade students! 

My email is kmurray@einsteinacademysc.org.

2018/2019 Classroom Updates:

Progress Report Dates:

Quarter 1 - Sept. 17, 2018

Quarter 2 - Nov. 27, 2018

Quarter 3 - Feb. 13, 2019

Quarter 4 - April 30, 2019

Report Card Dates:

Quarter 1 - Oct. 30, 2018

Quarter 2 - Jan. 23, 2019

Quarter 3 - April 2, 2019

Quarter 4 - May 31, 2019

MAPs Testing:

MAPs Testing fall and spring dates! 

Fall Dates:

Group B (7th and 8th grades) will be testing on Monday-Wednesday September 10-14.

Group A (4th, 5th, 6th) will be testing on Monday-Wednesday September 17-21.

Spring Dates:

Group B (7th and 8th) will be testing on Monday-Wednesday       May 13-17.

Group A (4th, 5th, 6th) will be testing on Monday-Wednesday      May 20-24.

Please do not schedule any appointments for these dates. It is important that students arrive on time. We try hard to schedule your child at a time of day and with peers that will make the process as painless as possible. Last minute switches can be distressing for the students. 

ELA:

Independent Reading:  It is important for students to read outside of school. Reading stimulates intellectual development, expands vocabulary, develops sentence structure and grammar skills, exposes new perspectives, enhances communication and writing skills, and improves both pace and overall comprehension through practice. It is recommended that students read independently for 20-30 minutes a day for five out of the seven days each week. Students who commit to this habit will read between 60-90 hours more, per school year, than those who do not develop and practice independent reading habits outside of school. The positive effects on school performance, reading and writing abilities, student confidence, and overall success in learning are considerable and proven.   

Homework:  EVERY MONDAY students will receive two pieces of ELA homework that will be due on Friday when they come to their ELA class. At the beginning of the school year, this will include one reading comprehension practice worksheet and one grammar practice worksheet based on the concepts we are working on in class. Comprehension work will be text based responses - using the text to respond with evidence to the questions. Once we complete our grammar study unit, the grammar homework will become more writing skill practice homework.

Tests:  Each Friday students will have a quiz or unit test. The quiz will be based off the grammar or reading comprehension skills worked on that week in class and for homework. Grammar and novel exams will be announced ahead of time and study sheets will be provided at least one week prior to the exam. There will also be practice time in class for the major exams.

Novels: Our primary class novel is The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. In addition, we will be doing some work from the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, as well as short story and poetry work by various authors. All novel, short story, and poetry work will be aligned to develop, practice, and strengthen the students' ELA skills according to the SC 7th grade ELA Standards.


Weekly ELA Schedule:

First Semester:

Monday:  Reading Comprehension and Grammar Homework given to students. Both are due on Friday. Reading and Writing skill work in class.

Tuesday: Sonday Team practice (phonics/spelling) and/or Grammar skills work in class.

Wednesday: ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH student work folders go home for parents to check over graded student work, sign folder, and return all parts.  At the end of each quarter, all work will be sent home with report cards for parents and students to keep.  Novel work in class.

Thursday: Student work folders due back, signedSonday Team practice (phonics/spelling) and Grammar/Reading Comprehension skill work in class.

Friday: Grammar or Comprehension Quiz or Test given. Homework is due. Journaling and independent reading time, make-up work time, and novel work.

Novels:

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Short Stories:

"The Landlady" by Roald Dahl

predicting, foreshadowing, prior knowledge usage, protagonist, antagonist, tone, mood, inferences, vocabulary

"The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury

drawing conclusions, inferring, character bias, hypothesizing, themes of isolation, communication, loneliness.

"All Summer In A Day" by Ray Bradbury

drawing conclusions, inferring, analyzing, analysis support, investigating multiple interpretations, analyzing characters and how they interact within a particular context.

"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

narrative text analysis, persuasive vs. narrative text compare and contrast, examine social context to broaden inquiry, examine multiple perspectives.

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling

analyze how author's choice of perspective or purpose shapes content, narrative text analysis,  compare and contrast multiple media formats, investigate multiple interpretations, inferring.

"The Dragon" by Ray Bradbury

story setting, retell, predicting, inferring, theme through graphic short story. 

Nonfiction:

"In Trouble" from Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

setting, inferences, cause/effect, visualization and descriptive essay practice,  context clues/vocabulary

"Mrs. Flowers" by Maya Angelou

"Diary" from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

"Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong

"Home, Sweet Soddie" by Flo Ota De Lange

Poetry:

"O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

"I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" by Emily Dickinson

"Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant" by Emily Dickinson

"Dreams" by Langston Hugues

"April Rain Song" by Langston Hugues

"Fable" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The Arrow And The Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"A Dream Within A Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe

"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

"Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare