English Language Arts

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)

ELA courses study the art of language and communication specific to the English language. This means we will practice, survey, and examine a variety things within this subject matter: reading (fiction/nonfiction), writing (various types of informal writing/formal writing) as well as use best practices in verbal and nonverbal communication - listening and speaking.


AR Book Finder

Look up books in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks then email or speak to Ms. Karst about possibly getting it for you:

Find used books through Amazon

Steps to Reading Success

Elements of Plot

Elements of Plot - Template - Diagram with notes


Creative Book Projects for Grade 8

Creative Book Projects for Grades 9-11

New Creative Book Project: Cereal Box - link to specific instructions online

How to Create Your First Animoto Video

Biographical Cause-Effect / The "What" to "Who" Research Project for Senior Independent Reading

For step-by-step instructions click here on How to Create Your First Animoto Video YouTube video or click on one of the pictures above.

CHECKLIST OF THINGS THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN YOUR ANIMOTO BOOK TRAILER:

  • AUTHOR (and a little note, background and/or picture of your book’s author)
  • TITLE (picture of the book + speculation of thematic/intention of choice of that title)
  • Note whether it is FICTION or NON (perhaps note the genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, etc.)
  • A clear description of the SETTING of the novel (It’s best to have a few picture representations of the setting as you describe it.) It’s also best with regard to the SETTING to note as clearly as possible the:
    • Time
    • Place
    • Environment
  • CHARACTERS (introduce the main character/s and the antagonist/s or other important influences or influential characters
  • PLOT: You must present most of the basic story line or “happenings” in the book; however, DO NOT GIVE AWAY EVERYTHING! (pictures here would be good too)
  • IMPORTANT THEME or POINT: Tell your audience what this novel brought into perspective for you or what it meant to you.
  • CONFLICT: The major struggle or conflict should be mentioned. (But, you may have to limit the detail here so as to not give everything away to a future reader of this book!)
  • AT LEAST 3 QUESTIONS: Don’t tell us how your book ends - don’t show us the RESOLUTION. Instead, ask your audience at least three important or intriguing questions (to get them interested in finding out more about the book - or just checking out and reading it for themselves.)
  • TIME: The completed trailer should be a minimum of 1.5 minutes to a maximum of 3 minutes.
  • MUSIC: Please choose appropriate music. (I will discuss this more in class and show examples.)
  • PICTURES: Must have a minimum of 12 pictures. Specific ones should be dedicated to:
    • Author
    • Book
    • Setting/s (multiple pictures)
    • Character/s (multiple pictures)
    • Plot, Action, Conflict (multiple pictures)
    • Questions that are posed should each have an appropriate / intriguing picture as they are presented