Welcome to Sixth Grade Lit. & LA

Week 5/28-5/30                No School Monday  Picnic Day Wednesday

Tuesday we will be ending the year with an SEL day.  Make sure to have gym shoes and comfy exercise clothes.

It has been an honor and privilege to be your Lit. & LA teacher this year.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer filled with fun activities.  Best of luck in 7th Grade :)

Week 5/21-5/25

All LA Classes:  Students will receive the directions and rubric for their final essay.  They will have three class periods to work on their graphic organizer.  Notes and the organizer may be used for the essay that will be done in class on Thursday, 5/24.

LIT 8:  Graphic essay for the book clubs will be presented in class on Thursday, 5/24.

TAG LIT:  Students will work in groups reading articles about today’s biggest world topics.  We will have essential questions, discussions, and debates.

Week 5/14-5/18                Early Release Friday  “Field Day”

LA 4:  Students will finish up taking notes on Hitchcock’s films this week and begin their final writing piece for this year.

LIT 8:  Students should be more than halfway through their Book Club novels and getting ready to start their graphic essays.

TAG LA:  Students will finish notes on Hitchcock films this week and begin their final writing piece for the year.

TAG LIT:  Students will read some short stories in the Junior Grade books, annotating and answering interpretive questions.

Week 5/7-5/11                STAR Testing Monday 5/7, 4th & 7th Period

LA 4:  Students will continue their study of film and cinematography this week.

LIT 8:  Students will continue working in their book clubs.  Graphic essay will be due May 25th.

TAG LA:  Students will continue their study of film and cinematography this week.

TAG LIT:  Students will finish our unit on Edgar Allan Poe’s life and works.  The final open book essay for this unit will be on Thursday, 5/10.

Week 4/30-5/4

LA 4:  This week we will start our film/media unit on Alfred Hitchcock.  Students will study and learn the techniques directors use in their films.

LIT 8:  Students will begin their Book Clubs this week.  Final project will be a graphic essay.

TAG LA:  Students will begin a unit on film/media using Alfred Hitchcock to study and learn techniques directors use in their films.

TAG LIT:  We will continue our unit on Edgar Allan Poe.  Students will continue to annotate symbolism, literary elements, and theme.

Week 4/23-4/27                Book Fair Tuesday 4/24

LA 4:  This week students will finish their “Disaster” creative writing piece.

LIT 8:  Westing Game final test will be on Tuesday, 4/24.  Packets and character sheets will also be due that day.

TAG LA:  This week students will finish their “Disaster” creative writing piece.

TAG LIT:  Author Study is due Friday, 4/27.  We will continue with our unit on Edgar Allan Poe.

Week 4/16-4/20

LA 4:  This week students will finish their feature article in Ibook.  It is due Thursday, 4/19. Students need to share their Ibook with me through google docs in a folder I shared with them, before 4th period on Thursday.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel, The Westing Game.  There will be daily comprehension questions and vocabulary.

TAG LA:  Students will finish their feature article in Ibook this week.  It is due Thursday, 4/19.  Students need to share their Ibook with me through google docs in a folder I shared with them, before 4th period on Thursday.

TAG LIT:  Students should continue to work on their author study in google classroom.  This is due Friday, April 27th.  We are also starting our unit on Edgar Allan Poe.  Students will read a variety of the author’s stories/poems while annotating literary elements, comparing and contrasting themes and symbolism, and ending with a final essay depicting Poe’s works.

Week 4/9-4/13  PARCC Testing Monday-Thursday  

Bring earbuds/headphones.

LA 4:  Feature Article writing pieces are due Monday, 4/9.

LIT 8:  There will be no homework for our class novel this week due to PARCC testing.

TAG LA:  Feature Article writing pieces are due Monday, 4/9.

TAG LIT:  Vermeer vocabulary test Monday, 4/9.

Week 4/2-4/6                Welcome Back!

LA 4:  Students will be learning Ibook with Mr. Mehnert Monday-Wednesday during our literature period (8)  Lit. will be during 4th period these three days.  The writing part of the feature article will be due Monday, 4/9.

LIT 8:  Students will have Lit. during 4th period Monday-Wednesday.  We will continue reading our class novel working on vocabulary and comprehension.  There will be a comprehension quiz on chapters 11-21 on Thursday, 4/5.

TAG LA:  Students will finish writing their feature article and they will learn Ibook with Mr. Mehnert.  The writing part of the feature article will be due 4/9.

TAG LIT:  Students will finish our class novel Chasing Vermeer.  The final comprehension test will be on Thursday, 4/5.  Vermeer packets are also due on the 5th.  The vocabulary test will be on Monday, 4/9.

Week 3/26-3/30          SPRING BREAK

Week 3/19-3/23

LA 4:  This week students will finish up their research using their idea webs.  They will begin to narrow their topics down and collect information for their feature articles.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel working on vocabulary and comprehension.  

TAG LA:  Students will finish research using their idea webs and begin narrowing their topics down to collect information for the feature article.

TAG LIT:  We will continue reading and discussing from our class novel.  Students need to continue working on their author study annotating the compare and contrast chart in google classroom.

Week 3/12-3/16

LA 4:  This week students will work on “Narrowing” a topic and then choosing their topic with an “Idea” web.  They will meet with me for approval and get started on their research.

LIT 8:  We will continue reading our class novel, gathering clues, working on comprehension and vocabulary, and characterization.  There will be a quiz on Wednesday covering the characters and chapters 1-10.

TAG LA:  Students will work on an “Idea Web” this week, choose a topic, conference with me, and begin research for their feature article.

TAG LIT:  Students should be reading their novels for the Author Study and filling in the compare/contrast chart in google classroom.  We will continue reading our class novel and there will be a quiz on Tuesday.

Week 3/5-3/9        No School Thursday (Conferences) or Friday (Institute)

LA 4:  Students are presenting their “practice” feature article section and they will start the “generating” ideas unit and the “selecting” process

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel, working on vocabulary and comprehension questions.  We will also take time to work on indirect and direct characterization for their character.

TAG LA:  Students are finishing up the “generating ideas” unit and will start the selection process for their feature article.

TAG LIT :  Students will continue reading and annotating our class novel and they will begin a novel study.

Week 2/26-3/2

LA 4:  This week students will finish the “immersion” unit and begin “generating ideas” for their feature article. We will continue to look at mentor text and practice format.

LIT 8:  We will finally begin our class novel, The Westing Game this week.  Students will receive a packet of comprehension questions for the entire book (this will be due at the end of our novel) and they will receive daily vocabulary worksheets per chapters in the novel.

TAG LA:  Students will finish the “immersion” unit and begin “generating ideas” for their feature article.  We will continue to look at mentor text and practice format.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue reading our class novel and filling out the annotation packet.

Week 2/19-2/23   No School Monday

LA 4:  Students have begun the “immersion” unit of our feature article writing piece.  We will continue to look at mentor pieces, analyzing structure and organization of a feature article.

LIT 8:  Book Club project due Tuesday.  Students will read a short story in our textbook with inferencing and characterization questions posted in google classroom.  We will begin our class novel, The Westing Game on Monday, 2/26.

TAG LA:  Students have begun the “immersion” unit of our feature article writing piece.  We will continue to look at mentor pieces, analyzing structure and organization of a feature article.

TAG LIT:  Book Club project due Tuesday.  We will begin our class novel, Chasing Vermeer this week.

Week 2/12-2/16

LA 4:  Students will review grammar this week and we will start our next writing piece, feature article..

LIT 8:  Plot test on Monday.  Students will work on their book club projects due Tuesday, 2/20.

TAG LA:  Students will review grammar and begin our next writing piece, feature article.

TAG LIT:  Students will work on their book club projects due Tuesday, 2/20.

All Lit classes:  Plot test on your book club novel will be on Monday.

Week 2/5-2/9

LA 4:  Creative writing pieces due Tuesday, 2/6.

LIT 8:  This week we will review literary elements and terms used in fiction.  There will be a test on this Thursday, 2/8.  Also, book club novels will be due Friday, 2/9 and students will have a plot test on their book.  They can use their book for the test.

TAG LA:  Creative writing pieces due Tuesday, 2/6

TAG LIT:  Literary elements and terms used in fiction test Monday, 2/5

Book club novels due Friday, 2/9 and students will have a plot test on their book.  We will also begin our class novel, Chasing Vermeer.

Week 1/29-2/2

LA 4: This week students will start a new creative writing piece.  It will be due February 6.  

LIT. 8:  This week students will identify and discuss heroes and bystanders in fiction.  Students will read a Gary Paulsen short story and work on a handout.  We will also go over the challenges when reading fiction:  word level, content level, and organization and time.

TAG LA:  Students will begin a creative writing piece this week.  It will be due February 6.

TAG LIT:  Students will read a short story by Gary Paulsen, annotate evidence about heroism.

Week 1/22-1/26                Early Dismissal, 1:00, Wednesday

LA 4:  Students are finishing up their argumentative essay.  The new due date will be Wednesday, 1/24.  I will still accept essays up until Friday.  Remember to look at the format page and checklist in google classroom.

LIT 8:  This week students will look at the use of symbolism in fiction.  We will read some short stories and annotate symbolism and how it is used. Book Club Question #2 in google classroom is due Monday, 1/22.

TAG LA:  Students will finish their argumentative essays this week.  Remember to look at the format page and checklist in google classroom.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue their research on whether or not Socrates committed treason.  We will end the week with a debate and Mrs. Colclasure will be the judge.  Remember to check the format and directions in google classroom.  Book Club Question #2 in google classroom is due Monday, 1/22.

Week 1/15-1/19                No School Monday  Spelling Bee - Thursday, 1/18

LA 4:  This week students are collecting research for their argumentative essay and beginning their rough draft.  Final will be due 1/26. *Make sure to check format and checklist in google classroom.

LIT 8:  This week students will use mentor texts to build an understanding of an author’s beginning, middle, and end.  They will piece together information to learn who the characters are, where the story is taking place, and what the conflict is.

TAG LA:  Students will use this week to collect research for their argumentative essays.  They will also begin their rough drafts.  Final will be due 1/26.  *Make sure to check the format and checklist in google classroom.

TAG LIT:  This week students will be researching whether or not Socrates committed treason.  The class will be divided in two with one group defending the Socratic Method, while the other side will defend the Athenian leaders.

Week 1/8 -1/12        

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break!

LA 4:  Students will go through the “selecting” process this week for their argumentative essays. Students need to make sure they choose a topic that is important to them.  The topic needs to be “debatable.”  The argumentative proposal is due by Wednesday and I will conference with students before they begin the writing process.  The format for this essay and a checklist are in google classroom.  It is imperative that students follow the format; this will be the main rubric for their grade.

LIT 8:  Students will read some short stories this week examining the way authors develop their stories using literary devices and the power of setting. They will also choose a new book for their outside reading (instructions for a book project will be given this week).

TAG LA:  Students will select their topic for their argumentative essay this week after conferencing with me.  The topic must be a world viewpoint, debatable, and something important to them.  The format for this essay and a checklist are in google classroom.  It is imperative that students follow the format; this will be the main rubric for their grade.

TAG LIT:  I am so proud of the students for their hard work on the classic videos.  I loved the settings and narration for the climax.  Students will read some short stories this week annotating the development of a plot in fiction and looking at the power of setting.

Week 12/18-12/22                   No Reading Logs

LA 4:  Students will finish the “Generating Ideas” unit for their argumentative writing unit.  They will do a “practice” essay formulating a strong intro and thesis statement and work on research skills.

LIT 8:  This week students will continue looking at characterization and we will annotate conflict in selected texts.

TAG LA:  We will finish our “Generating Ideas” unit this week with students doing a “practice” essay formulating a strong intro and thesis statement.  Students will also work on research skills.

TAG LIT:  Climax presentations for the classic novel will be on Thursday.  Students will work on scripts and filming Monday-Wednesday.

Week 12/11-12/15  Feed My Starving Children Friday Morning  No Reading Log this week.

LA 4:  We will wrap up our “Immersion” unit and begin “Generating Ideas” this week with more mentor examples and some practice argumentative pieces.

LIT 8:  We will look at structure (time shifts in a story), and different points of view using the story “Seedless.”  There will be an audio version of it in google classroom. Parts 1-4 are due on Thursday in notebooks.

TAG LA: Students will end our “Immersion” unit and begin “Generating Ideas” this week with more mentor examples and some practice argumentative pieces.

TAG LIT:  Classic climax green screen room production will begin the week of 12/18.  Presentations will be on the 21st.  We will also look at structure and time shifts in a story with different points of view.  The class story will be available in google classroom.  Parts 1-4 are due on Thursday in notebooks.

Week 12/4-12/8        *STAR Testing in Lit. & LA Monday, 12/4

LA 4:  Students practiced and finished thesis statements in our “Immersion” unit of the argumentative essay.  We will next begin “Generating Ideas” from mentor text and research.

LIT 8:  Students will finish reading the story “Clean Sweep” by Joan Baur and answer questions about theme, characterization and plot structure. *Reading logs are due Monday, 12/4

TAG LA:  Students practiced and finished thesis statements in our “Immersion” unit of the argumentative essay.  We will next begin “Generating Ideas” from mentor text and research.

TAG LIT:  Classic videos will be due December 21 (see google classroom for details). Students will analyse mentor text stories focusing on theme, character and plot structure.

Week 11/27-12/1        *STAR testing for math & reading in lit/LA classes  12/5

LA 4:  This week we will begin our next writing piece, the argumentative.  Students will read mentor text as we begin our “Immersion” unit.

LIT 8:  Students will finish up their “Fishbowl” activity with their favorite book.  We will also review inferencing and looking for details about author’s purpose.

TAG LA:  Students will begin the “Immersion” unit for our next writing piece, the argumentative.  We will read some mentor texts as examples of this type of writing.

TAG LIT:  Students will look at “Variety in Reading” with some mentor texts, annotating and inferencing.  The “Classic” Video assignment will be due December 21.  See google classroom for details of this project.

Week 11/13-11/17     Movie “Wonder,”  Friday, 11/17 pm

LA 4:  Students will be finishing their writing prompts and creative writing pieces this week.

LIT 8:  New reading log will be passed out on Monday, 11/13.  Students will continue with the new reading curriculum this week.  They need to bring to class a favorite book to share with the class for Monday.  We will be reading “Extreme Animals:  The Toughest Creatures on Earth” as our mentor text.  We will also have our first “Fishbowl” discussion.

TAG LA:  Students will finish their creative writing pieces this week and be ready to present to the class.

TAG LIT:  New reading log will be passed out on Monday, 11/13.  We will continue with the new reading curriculum this week.  Students need to bring to class a favorite book to share with the class for Monday.  We will continue to read and annotate from the mentor texts.

Week 11/6-11/10   Trimester Ends Thursday, 11/9  Book Fair Thursday, 11/9

LA 4:  Final Personal Narratives are due Wednesday, 11/8.  Make sure to double check requirements page and staple rough draft to final.

Lit 8:  This week students will begin a new reading pilot by Schoolwide.  Students will study mentor text about personal experiences by famous authors.  The Reading Log will be passed out in class on Monday, 11/6.  This needs to be returned and signed by a parent the following Monday, 11/13.

TAG LA:  Final Personal Narratives are due Wednesday, 11/8.  Make sure to double check requirements page and staple rough draft to final.

TAG LIT:  Students will begin a new reading pilot by Schoolwide this week.  They will also be getting a reading log each Monday that needs to be filled out each week, signed, and returned the following Monday

Week 10/30-11/3

LA 4:  The students have spent a lot of time in class collecting writing pieces so now it is time to start our first draft of the personal narrative.  We will begin this week and hopefully start the revising and editing part by the end of the week.  This paper will be due Wednesday, 11/8.

LIT 8:  Lit. circle packets are due this Friday, 11/3.  We will continue reading from our pilot program, annotating details for comprehension.  Students will also begin a reading log for their outside book.  Every Monday they will receive a new reading log that they will need to record their weekly time spent on reading and a signature from them, and a parent.

TAG LA:  Students will finish up reviewing mentor text, collecting writing pieces, and begin their first draft for the personal narrative.

TAG LIT:  The Wednesday Wars essay test will be Monday, 10/30.  Parents, look for an email about our “treat” related to the novel.  Students will then continue with our pilot program reading stories from the “Ancient Realms” unit.

Week 10/23-10/27

LA 4:  Students will continue collecting written pieces using descriptive language and emotions through dialogue.  We will continue using mentor text as examples of good writing.  Students bring in a picture of yourself that has memories attached to it.

LIT 8:  Students will begin work on their google slides presentations this week.  They will be due on Thursday.

TAG LA:  We will continue working on descriptive language and dialogue to show emotion and characterization.  Mentor text will be used to convey examples of good writing.

TAG LIT:  Students will work on their google slides presentations this week.  They will be due on Thursday.  We will also finish up our class novel, The Wednesday Wars.  There will be an open book essay test on Monday, 10/30.  I will go over the essay question and requirements on Friday, 10/27.

Week 10/16-10/20

LA 4:  This week students will review dialogue and how to punctuate it in a narrative. If students don’t finish worksheet in class, it will be homework.  We will also look at using context to convey actions and feelings of a character.  

LIT 8:  This week we will begin a pilot program using nonfiction to review and learn skills for comprehension and vocabulary.  The unit will focus on ancient civilizations that will tie in nicely with the social studies curriculum.  Students will also continue working in their lit. circles. Students need to continue reading their books at home and they will meet with their groups on Friday.  The due date for their packets is November 3.

TAG LA:  Students will review dialogue and how to punctuate it in a narrative.  We will also look at using context to convey actions and feelings of a character.  Students will be asking parents to tell them a story about an ancestor or family member that may have had an influence on their life.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue reading our class novel and annotating conflict and theme.  There will be a quiz on the “February” and “March” chapters Tuesday.  We are also going to begin a pilot program focusing on nonfiction.  We will read articles/biographies about ancient civilizations that will tie in nicely with the social studies curriculum.  

Week 10/8-10/13   No School Monday  Columbus Day   Field Trip Wednesday

LA 4:  This week in our immersion unit students will listen to stories about writer’s reflections from lessons learned.  They will write some short stories about their own experiences.

LIT 8:  Students will continue working in their lit. circles.

TAG LA:  Students will continue with our immersion unit and listen to stories about writer’s reflections from lessons learned.  They will write some short stories about their own experiences.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue annotating theme and conflict from our class novel.

Week 10/2-10/6    No School Friday   Institute Day

LA 4:  This week students will be introduced to new mentor texts for our next unit and we will review imagery.

LIT. 8:  Students will begin Lit. Circles this week.

TAG LA:  This week students will be introduced to new mentor texts for our next unit and review imagery.

TAG LIT.:  We will continue reading our class novel, The Wednesday Wars, annotating theme and conflict.

Week 9/25-9/29   ALL LITERATURE STUDENTS:  LISTEN TO “THE NECKLACE” IN

                                GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY WEDNESDAY, 9/27.

                                  Permission slips for field trip due Friday, 9/29

LA 4:  *First writing piece is due Monday, 9/25.  Rough draft needs to be attached to final typed piece.  This week students will review homonyms and using the right word.  We will also launch into our next writing piece.

LIT 8:  Students will finish our class novel, Rifka, this week.  Packets and journals are due Friday, 9/29.  We will review on Thursday and the final test will be on Friday, 9/29.

TAG LA:  First writing piece is due Monday, 9/25.  Rough draft needs to be attached to final typed piece.  Students will review “Using the Right Word,” and we will launch into our next writing piece.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue reading our class novel, The Wednesday Wars.  They will continue to annotate theme and conflict for each chapter (see google classroom).   

Week 9/18-9/22    ALL LITERATURE STUDENTS:  LISTEN TO SHORT STORIES IN GOOGLE  

                               CLASSROOM  “TELL TALE HEART,”  “THE MONKEY’S PAW”  

LA 4:  Students are beginning their rough draft for their personal narrative.  We will work on organizing details and format.  They will also begin revising and editing.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel Rifka, working on vocabulary, comprehension and their journals.

TAG LA:  Students will begin their rough draft for their personal narrative.  Organization and format will be the topic this week.  We will also talk about revising and editing.

TAG LIT:  Students began our class novel The Wednesday Wars.  They will be responsible for annotating theme and conflict for each chapter (see google classroom for details).  “September” annotating due Tuesday, “October” annotating due Thursday.  

Week 9/11-9/15   Early Release Friday (1:00)  SEL Activity Periods 1, 3, 4

LA 4:  This week, students will finish up the Generating Ideas unit and begin the selecting process.  We will use our mentor texts to look at how authors use life lessons in their writing.  This week, students will also get a completion grade for their vocabulary packet.  By Thursday, students will need to select from their writer’s notebook one idea that is important to them.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel and working on comprehension and vocabulary.  There will be a comprehension and vocabulary quiz on Wednesday covering Letters 1-10.

TAG LA:  We will finish our 1960s presentations in LA on Monday.  There will be a quiz on the information from the presentations Tuesday in Lit.  Students will finish up the Generating Ideas unit and begin the selection process.  We will use our mentor texts to look at how authors use life lessons in their writing.  A completion grade will be given for their vocabulary packet.  By Thursday, students will need to select from their writer’s notebook one idea that is important to them.

TAG LIT:  Students will finish their 1960s presentations in LA on Monday.  The quiz on information from the presentations will be on Tuesday.  We will begin our class novel, The Wednesday Wars and students will be expected to annotate theme and conflict from the story.  Annotations will be done through google classroom.

Week 9/4-9/8    No School Monday - Labor Day

LA 4:  This week students will begin the next phase of the Writer’s Workshop Launch Unit.  We will begin the Generating Ideas unit on Tuesday.  Students will read samples from our mentor text on writing about what’s important.  By Thursday, we will write our own short piece on an important experience we have had.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel, Rifka.  We will continue working on comprehension and vocabulary.  Students need to bring their novel and packet with them every day for class participation.  We will also continue working on our journals.

TAG LA:  Students will begin the Generating Ideas unit this week.  We will read mentor text on writers using their own experiences in their work.  Students will write their own experience piece by the end of the week.

TAG LIT:  Students will continue to work on their 1960s research presentation.  They will present to the class on Thursday.  There will be a short quiz on the information they gained from their classmate’s presentations Friday.

Week 8/29-9/1   STAR testing during Lit.  Monday, 8/28

LA 4:  This week students will continue to learn different ways authors approach writing.  We will concentrate on writing about powerful emotions and life experiences.

LIT 8:  Students will continue reading our class novel, working on comprehension, vocabulary, and journaling.  Students MUST bring their novel and packet to class every day.  After Labor Day weekend, students that forget their book and packet three times, will receive an academic.  Most days students will have time in class to finish their comprehension questions.  If not, it becomes homework.

TAG LA:  The students will continue to learn different ways authors approach writing.  We will work on writing about powerful emotions and life experiences.

TAG LIT:  This week students will spend class time researching their topic for the 1960s presentation.  Students will be creating a slide presentation with facts and pictures.  There will be a quiz on the information presented to the class.

Week 8/21-8/25

LA 4:  Students are starting the LA curriculum with “Immersion.”  We will look at different author’s works (mentor text), their purpose and style, get organized as writers, and brainstorm ideas.

LIT 8:  Students will start the year off with a class novel.  We will work on comprehension skills, vocabulary, and plot.  The students will receive a packet of comprehension questions and vocabulary that will be due at the end of the unit.  They will also create a journal for the main character’s journey.  The novels will be provided by me.  Students need to bring their novel and packet everyday to class.

TAG LA:  Students are starting the LA curriculum with “Immersion.”  We will look at different author’s works (mentor texts), their purpose and style, get organized as writers, and brainstorm ideas.

TAG LIT:  Students will begin the year with our Junior Grade Books, learning to annotate important information.  We will then move on to our class novel, The Wednesday Wars.  Novels will be provided by me.