Sharon Harris
EL Teacher, Horn Lake Middle School

This week's lesson for fun!

FINAL Lesson Post: (5/11/20)

Dear students,

This would have been our last week in classes at school.  After 21 years, I am retiring this month from teaching, and I will miss you! I hope you will have a great summer vacation! If you would like, you can email or text (School Status) your answers, as you did last week.


1. What was your favorite part of this school year?

2. If we could have taken a field trip, where should we have travelled?



Lesson Post: (5/4/20)

End of year survey

I would like for you to email or text me (School Status) your answers. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts!


1. What are the problems that people have during a stay-home period of time?

2. What kind of help do they need? 

3. What are you do to help someone during this time?

4. What has been the best thing about staying home from school for the final 9 weeks of the school year?

The worst thing?

5. In the future, should schools meet in classes at school, only in online classes, or both? Give reasons for your opinions.



Lesson Post: (4/27/20)

After reading last week's lesson, did you remember our tornado safety rules we read and discussed in class? One part of our December tornado lesson was a take-home assignment to get parents' help with compiling an emergency supply list. You were supposed to ask your parents which tools, supplies, and foods should a family have in an emergency box in case the electricity was knocked out by a storm, stores were closed, and you couldn't shop anywhere for at least a week. 

Now, we are in a different emergency than we had ever anticipated - a terrible contagious disease outbreak that prevents us from shopping at stores as often as we would like. Many stores are open, but there are shortages of important products, and people cannot always find what they need to buy.

Here are 2 questions for this week to get your parents' input on:

  • What products should we keep in an emergency box in case the electricity is not on for a week?
  • What products should we buy and reserve for the next time families are not able to shop in stores for at least a week?

If would love to hear your ideas! Click on the CONTACT button beside my photo above, and let me know what your family decided to keep in case of future emergencies. If you'd like, I will post your answers with your names so others in our classes will know what smart ideas you had!


Lesson Post: (4/20/20)

In addition to our concerns about the Corona Virus during the past 2 months, residents of Mississippi have been hit with numerous tornadoes!  News reports indicate that some Mississippians of all ages have died due to those storms. 

In our EL class during December, we reviewed the ways that people can stay safe during tornadoes. This week's lesson is a review of the important facts we discussed. Please share this with your family, and let them know the answers to these questions:

1. What is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?

2. What is the "F Scale"?

3. If you are at home when you hear a tornado is nearby, where should you take shelter?

If you are in a store, where would you go to be safe?

If you are outside, where should you go?

4. What are the most dangerous places to be if a tornado hits?

Feel free to contact me with the button next to my photo to check your answers!

Look at the photo below of an enormous tree that was "twisted" by a twister!


Lesson Post: (4/13/20)

The old photos above are from one of the previous pandemics that affected the USA in the early 1900's. Compare what you see in these images with what you see on today's television newscasts. What's different? What is the same? I would love to know your answers! You are welcome to use the CONTACT button beside my photo above.

What is an epidemic? How is it different from a pandemic?

Lesson Post: (4/6/20)


This time of being out of school for a long time due to the world-wide disease outbreak is unlike any other time in our lives.

When you are older and have children and grandchildren, you will be able to tell them of all the ways that our lives changed quite suddenly and unexpectedly due to this terrible flu.

This would be an excellent time to keep a journal and write your thoughts each day. Here are some questions to prompt your note-taking:

  • Remember to answer using the 5 W's! Who what when why where
  • What has changed in YOUR life?
  • What did you learn about COVID-19? How did you and your family stay safe? Did anyone catch this type of new flu?
  • What about school?  Were you good at learning at home? Was it difficult?
  • What did you miss? What did you not miss?
  • Remember to write about how the houses of worship, mall, stores, theaters, and many other places closed. Some restaurants remained open for carry-out orders only. Some big stores limited how many people could enter at a time.People waited in long lines some days to be able to shop.
  • How did people around you react to these changes in our lives?

To read about how Americans dealt with other disease pandemics in our history, here's a link:

Lesson Post: (3/30/20)

One of my favorite pastimes (fun things I liked to do) when I was young was to look up topics in books called encyclopedias. There were about 20 books in our set of volumes, listing articles arranged from A to Z. An encyclopedia is a source of information on many, many topics - people, places, things, ideas, etc.

What topic have you wondered about?

Think of a subject or person you'd like o know more about, and click on this link:

Username: wbsupport
Password: distancelearn

Welcome parents and students!
I miss each of my students! I look forward to communicating with you via email or School Status. Check this page each week for new links and lessons!



Each Monday, I will post a new link under the "Lessons for Fun" under my photo.  If you would like for me to know what book or website that you are enjoying while you are away from school, you are welcome to email me by clicking on the icon, "Contact" to send me a message. Another choice is to ask your parents to email or text me through our School Status app.  I would LOVE to hear from you anytime!

If you have any ideas for topics for us to cover, even more on subjects we discussed this year in class, just send me a message. That will help me decide the lessons and links I'll post for you to enjoy reading.

For now, you can begin to practice some of the skills we learned this year by scrolling down this page to "Links" and selecting any website you'd like to try! 

My favorite link this week: 

















ELL = English Language Learning or English Language Learner. 

EL = English Learner or English Language

ESL = English as a Second Language. 


About the Teacher:


I am a English language development specialist.  I teach students to read, write, understand, and speak the English better so they can achieve language proficiency. My  students learned another language before they began learning English. What an advantage for the future that is, to know at least 2 languages!



Bachelor of Arts, Radio & Television, University of Mississippi

Master of Arts, TESL, University of Mississippi

National Board Certification in English as a New Language



Tate County Schools, Reading and Language Arts

DeSoto County Schools, Language Arts and English as a Second Language (ESL)



Practice in grammar and vocabulary

Match pictures with words - some quizzes are bilingual.

Prepositions, subject-verb agreement, commonly-confused words, and more! 

Games for learning English

Videos, matching pictures, vocabulary, popular slang expressions, and more! 

English vocabulary, grammar, and other subjects

In English vocabulary, see words with the same base words in other languages (cognates). In English grammar, practice subject-verb agreement and more skills to help you prepare for state tests.  Categories are offered in the Humanities, Chemistry, Math, History, and more! 

Learn alphabet, colors, words

Good for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade - skills for learning to read in English and knowing letter sounds. 

Language learning for all ages

Some bilingual practice is available. Vocabulary learning about jobs, human body, transportation, animals, house, food, school, and much more. 

ESL for students and teachers

This website can be viewed in English and Spanish.  Information for families of students and teachers on disabilities, the law, newcomers programs, literacy for bilinguals, and more. 

GED and ACT practice

Many adults who didn't finish high school and receive a graduation diploma want to study to take the GED (General Education Diploma) test. This site also has a link to ACT (American College Test) practice. 

Practice tests for high school students - SATP and MAP

Students in high school will take tests in December and May. Students taking the history, biology, English II, or algebra tests for the first time should view the practice tests. Students who don't pass will take the test again during the next semester.  Students may also receive credit for passing these tests because of a good grade in the class or because of their score on the ACT (American College Test). 

Practice tests for middle school students

During this school years, students in grades 6-8 will take two of the Questar/MAP curriculum tests, English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  Some test items require students to write sentences and paragraphs; other questions will be in multiple choice format. Take these practice tests and see how many you can answer correctly! 

Learning basic English and Kindergarten - 2nd grade practice

Here's more practice in learning colors, sounds, numbers, and more! 

Practice for high school US History Test

Students take the US History, 1877- present, class in 11th grade. Here's a practice test from the Mississippi Dept. of Education. 

Practice for the ACT, SAT, PSAT

Practice these questions for the American College Test and other college entrance exams.