Sharon Harris
EL Teacher, Horn Lake Middle School

This week's lesson for fun!

This week's post:


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:


Last week's post:

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!

Technology Tip:

Every student 6-12 has the ability to install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to 5 devices.  Students will use their Office 365 account, their student username and password.  On iPads and phones, it is as easy as installing the App and entering in the Office365 email and password to "activate" the license. That way, students can download Powerpoints and Word documents that teachers post.  Here's more information from our DCS tech department:


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:

Be sure to contact me if you have any questions!



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.