Kara Stevens
English
 662-893-3344 ext. 342

Courses Taught:

Gifted English 9, Gifted English 10, PSAT I & II, ACT Prep

Kara Stevens
Welcome

Hi! I'm Mrs. Stevens.
I look forward to a wonderful 2019-20 school year at OBHS! I aim to see all of my students GROW in their reading, writing, and communication skills. 
GIFTED ENGLISH SUMMER READING 2019
Incoming freshmen: Click on Class Documents links to access your grade's assignment. Makes sure you follow the directions. 
Best way to contact me is by email at the contact form above.

Extra Practice 1: S-V Agreement  

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Varsity tutors writing skills practice  

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 Practice to improve WEAK areas


Extra Practice 2: S-V Agreement  

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Extra Practice 3: S-V Agreement  

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Extra Practice 4: Parallelism  

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Extra Practice 5: Parallelism  

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Extra Practice 6: Parallelism  

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Extra Practice 7: Funny Semicolon Review Info  

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Extra Practice 8: Semicolons  

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Extra Practice 9: Varied Punctuation  

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Extra Practice 10: Using Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions  

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Extra Practice 11: Using Commas with Introductory Phrases  

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Extra Practice 12: Punctuation  

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Extra Practice 13: More punctuation  

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Extra Practice 14: Modifier Errors  

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Extra Practice 15: Dangling Modifiers  

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PSAT Common Diction Errors  

Common Diction Errors Quizlet Flashcard practice-Click Here


Article Summary Guidelines  

Go to "forms" to access article summary guidelines.


Comma Quizzes to practice independently   

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About the Teacher

Education
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in English Education from The University of Mississippi (Go Rebs!), and I also have certification in Gifted Education and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. 

Bio
I have lived in DeSoto County my whole life, and I am proud to call it my home. It is a blessing that I get to teach in such a wonderful community. Some of my former teachers at OBMS and OBHS are who inspired me to become a teacher myself; I have been called to this job profession, and it is my hope that I can inspire my students as well to pursue their passion for a particular career. I attended school for a few years at Sacred Heart and then spent the majority of my school years at Olive Branch where I graduated. 
I've been married for five years and love everything about my nerdy husband Andy. In my spare time (which is very little), I am usually found taking my corgi GUS on his daily walk, spending time with my family, reading from my endless stack of books, or watching sports (all kinds). I also enjoy drawing and traveling. 
I grew up playing basketball and softball, but ended up being a volleyball player through my high school career. I love going to see my students play and perform in their extracurricular activities. I currently attend Fellowship Memphis, where I enjoy fellowship and worship with fellow believers.
My husband and I at the RiverArts Festival in downtown Memphis.
Oh, I particularly like goats, too!

English Links
Purdue Owl: MLA
MLA Formatting and Style Guide Info
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Real-life heroes-Alan Turing
http://historysheroes.e2bn.org/hero/91

Real-life heroes: Edith Cavell
http://historysheroes.e2bn.org/hero/86

Charles Dickens Extra Credit
This site requires Adobe Flash Player. Work your way through the game. Write down at least ten pieces of information you learn about Charles Dickens's life and/or writing as you play. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/multimedia/dickens/

Carnegie Hero Fund
Check out the profiles of those selected to receive the Carnegie Medal. The "latest awardees" section will have those heroes most recently recognized.
http://www.carnegiehero.org

Electronic databases
Magnolia Database
If using at home, password is magn0897
http://magnolia.msstate.edu/k12/high.asp

Argument Basics
Intro/Good Thesis
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/01/

Paragraphs
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/2/

Rebuttals
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/3/

Establishing Arguments
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/01/

Organizing Your Argument
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/03/

Rhetorical Strategies
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/04/

PSAT
Interactive grammar exercises
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm

Adjective and Adverb Exercise
12 questions
https://www.varsitytutors.com/psat_writing-identifying-adjective-and-adverb-errors-problem-46848

Identifying Preposition Errors
5 Questions
https://www.varsitytutors.com/psat_writing-identifying-preposition-errors-problem-38053

Improving Sentences Practice
13 Questions
https://www.varsitytutors.com/psat_writing-improving-sentences-practice-test

S-V Agreement Practice 2
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/agreement_add2.html

S-V Agreement Practice Quiz 1
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/sv_agr_quiz.html

S-V Agreement Practice 3
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/agreement_add3.html

Punctuation Quiz
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/punct_quiz.htm

Another quiz on punctuation
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/punct2_quiz.htm

A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook
ATOTC Audio
http://www.loudlit.org/works/twocities.htm

ACT PREP practice
Sentence Fragments Practice 1
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/fragments_add1.html

Sentence Fragments Practice 2
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/fragments_add2.html

Sentence Fragments Practice 3
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/fragments_add3.html

Fragments and Run-Ons
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/fragments_quiz.html

Avoiding Comma Splices
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova4.htm

Repairing Run-On Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/runons_quiz.htm

Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova1.htm

Commas with Introductory Elements
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova2.htm

Punctuation Quiz
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz2/quizzes-to-fix/punct_quiz.htm

Another quiz on punctuation
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/punct2_quiz.htm

Website to Review Punctuation
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/marks.htm

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